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Otago Uni Survey – Financial costs associated with compulsory education in New Zealand

take the surveyResearchers at Otago University are conducting an online survey to find out about the costs associated with compulsory schooling in New Zealand, and what effect families think costs have on students’ participation in school-based activities.

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child in a state or state-integrated school in New Zealand, they would very much like you to take part.

To read more about the survey and, if you choose, to take part, CLICK HERE.  This does not commit you to taking part.

If you do fill in the survey, your information will not be kept unless you click the button at the end of the survey that asks you to agree to your survey being kept. 

The survey itself will take around 15 minutes to complete.

To read more and maybe take part, CLICK HERE.


Here is more information:

What is the Aim of the Project?

This research is designed to explore:

  • the kinds of school-related activities and experiences that incur a financial cost to parents and caregivers of students in state and state-integrated schools
  • the costs that parents and caregivers feel obliged to pay, and those that they believe they need to pay in order for their child to receive normal school experiences
  • whether parents and caregivers believe financial cost influences their child’s ability to take part in curricular and extra-curricular activities offered by their school.

What Types of Participants are being sought?

We are seeking participation from parents and caregivers of students in state and state-integrated schools throughout New Zealand.

What Data or Information will be collected and what use will be made of it?

The questionnaire asks what school your children attend, how many children attend this school, what school-related costs you have paid, what payments you felt obliged to make, and other related questions. If you wish to receive a copy of the results of the research, you will be asked to provide your e-mail address, but this will not be stored with the questionnaire. The data will be hosted on a University web server, and protected by passwords held only by the researchers. Data obtained as a result of the research will be retained for at least 5 years, and possibly indefinitely. In the final research, schools will be identified by decile (no school names will be included, but school regions might be, where the researchers believe this will not compromise school anonymity).

The results of the project may be published and will be available in the University of Otago Library (Dunedin, New Zealand).

Participants who provide their e-mail addresses and indicate they would like a copy of the results will be e-mailed one at the conclusion of the research.

Can Participants change their mind and withdraw from the project?

On the last page of the questionnaire, there is a tick box to indicate you agree to your answers being kept. If you decide not to tick this, we will delete your answers from the database. If you do tick this box, you won’t be able to remove your answers from the database, because we won’t keep any identifying information, such as your name, that would allow us to distinguish your questionnaire from others.

What if Participants have any Questions?

If you have any questions about the project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Ruth Gasson
University of Otago College of Education
University Telephone Number 0-3-4794940
e-Mail: <>

This study has been approved by the University of Otago College of Education. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph 0-3-4798256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.

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