Waikato University Occupation 1999

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When student fees were about to go up again in 1999 there was widespread outrage — a generation of politicians had received the benefits of a free education but were now touting the ideology of user pays.

Organised by Joe Carolyn, Heather Lyall and the FIGHTBACK! Movement, the occupation of the administration building of the University of Waikato was well organised and peaceful. Maybe if it had had burning cars and barricades it would’ve made the six o’clock news, but then nobody would’ve brought along their kids and playing hacky sack would’ve been too hard. It ran for about five days and was fed by donations from the wider community. Eventually everyone went home because they wanted to get on with their lives, and those floors were pretty damn hard.

RESEARCHER

Mark Purdom

Researcher
Wintec