One News reports:
Anthony Davidson studied for one year at the Central Institute of Technology in Upper Hutt during 1994, before moving to Australia the following year.
He borrowed “about $7000”, and had no intention pay it back as interest ballooned the owed amount to $17,000 this year.
No intention at all.
“I always knew that the loan was there but I didn’t really do anything about it until I saw on the news that the other bloke got arrested,” the father of three told ONE News. …
Mr Davidson had planned a family holiday to Wellington in January and said he thought “geez, I better do something about this, or that’ll be me next time I come over”.
“I’m going to have to get on top of this before I fly in or I’m going to look like an idiot at the airport,” he recalled.
The small business owner with a mortgage said he rang IRD and “told them everything”.
“They set up an automatic payment and I paid some money upfront … Obviously there are plenty of other blokes like me out there. Within a couple of years it should be all paid back.”
That’s a great outcome. I don’t know why Labour oppose this.