Mike Yardley lets rip on student loan bludgers.
The melange of migration-related headline grabbers in the past week brings into sharp focus what New Zealand is doing right and also badly wrong.
Inland Revenue (IRD) and our border control authorities are finally flashing their fangs against unrepentant student loan defaulters, who couldn’t give a flying fig about paying their dues to the taxpayer.
The warning bell clanged loudly before Christmas that Kiwis abroad heading home for the holidays may be arrested at the border if they’ve defaulted on their student loan. IRD starkly warned that those in “serious default” may be grounded until they have a repayment scheme in place.
Ngatokotoru Puna’s airport arrest over his $130,000 debt should serve as a potent deterrent to others, who blithely thumb their nose at their repayment obligations, don’t give a damn about their billowing debt, make no effort to contact IRD, and think they can swan in and out of New Zealand with impunity.