Unlike the Australian government, the New Zealand government has decided that if you borrowed money from the government for your education, then that is debt that will have to be paid back, even when you’ve moved overseas. Kiwis have to meet two repayment deadlines every year, regardless of their actual income, with the September 30 deadline fast approaching.
And if they don’t, they could find themselves facing an arrest warrant when they’re home. Under changes passed earlier in the year, Inland Revenue (the NZ tax office) now has the power to seek arrest warrants to pursue the most recalcitrant of former students.
“I cannot express enough that it is never too late for any student loan borrower to contact us so we can work with you on a repayment plan to suit your needs, or see how the new legislation may affect you. I encourage everyone to do this.”
According to Inland Revenue, 89 per cent of overdue student loan repayments belong to New Zealanders based overseas, which amounted to $683 million at the end of July. One-third of all overseas-based borrowers live in Australia.
Australians with HECS debts don’t have to pay back their loans while they’re living overseas and not paying tax in Australia.
news.com.au 13 Sep 2014
Meanwhile rapists and women abusers in Australia enjoy freedom, and no jail time.
Come to Australia 'The lucky Country' - If you're a rapist and woman basher.