Support and Advocacy

Being a student can be a very exciting time, bringing many changes and challenges. SANITI offers support and advocacy to all students for any issue relating to being a student and studying.



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Support and Advocacy

We are here to help! 

 The Students' Association is here for you. Whether you're issues are: 

Financing your Study

Financing your Studies can be a challenge.

The SANITI Hardship Grants scheme was set up to assist students in hardship with the basic necessities of life.

We do not pay for items like

  • Parking tickets & fines
  • Course Fees
  • Membership Fees (Gyms/ Clubs)
  • Domestic & International Flights
  • Petrol

Your Hardship situation or the bills that you need to pay must be

  • Short Term
  • Unexpected
  • Threaten your Study


  • You have not already accessed the hardship fund within the current year
  • You must be employed or seeking employment where appropriate
  • You must have sought budget advice

Work and Income (WINZ)

As a student, it can be hard making ends meet. If you already have a StudyLink account or are a WINZ client it pays to know what your eligible for.WINZ (depending on your circumstances) can help out.


StudyLink provides funding for study in New Zealand. Funding can be provided (depending on your situation) for the compulsory fees attached to your course, the living costs while studying as well as limited course related costs.
To apply online you will need:

  • RealMe login or RealMe Verified Identity
  • your IRD number
  • your bank account details (verified bank statement)
  • your email address
  • the name of education provider(s) you will be studying at
  • approximate course start and end dates

In order to see if you are eligible take the StudyLink eligibility test online.


Making an application for a Student Loan or Allowance.

A. Generate a RealMe login – Some government departments require to have a RealMe identity in order to access their services.

B. Log into the StudyLink website using your RealMe identity.

  • First time applicants will have to take the eligibility test.
  • Once you have taken the test, you well be directed to supply information needed to determine what your eligible for.
  • You will need to supply a current postal address, where you can receive mail from StudyLink (If it’s your first time).
  • Fill out all the questions and at the end submit

C. Once you receive a letter from StudyLink by post (if it’s your first time) or a contract by email. At this time StudyLink may also ask for verification of some of the information you have supplied them with. Your partner or parents may be asked to fill out forms as well. You could be asked for such things as:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Bank statement
  • Parents earnings
  • Partners earnings

D. Send back all the requested paper work. Before you do this look at what StudyLink have asked for. Have you got everything? Make sure everything you send has been verified as true and accurate. You can do this free of charge at your local courts. Or sometimes your education provider can do this. There are two ways return paperwork:

  • By post. StudyLink will supply you with an envelope and all have to do is post it back. (Try not to send originals rather the photocopies you get verified). Important sending by post can take at least a week, so if you do this make an early application.
  • By Connect. Connect is a way of lodging all your important papers electronically and is almost instantaneous. Check the section on Connect to learn how to register with connect.

E. Once StudyLink have all the information they will process your application. At this stage if they require more information they will let you know. Also if for some reason your application has not been successful you will be notified. You can use MyStudyLink to track your application.

F. Once everything has been confirmed your payments will start.


Realme is an online identity that you need for accessing government services such as StudyLink, Internal Affairs and the electoral commission.

To make an application StudyLink funding you will need a verified RealMe account.

To create a RealMe account you need to:

  • Have a valid email address
  • Provide a valid mobile number as well as alternative contact
  • Create a password
  • Choose and answer three security questions
  • And create a pin (optional)

Once you’ve done this you’ll need to get your login verified. To get your account verified you need to:

  • Log in and follow the steps, you’ll need a mobile phone to authenticate your account.
  • You’ll need to enter the details from your NZ passport (issued after 2004), NZ citizenship certificate (issued after 2004), NZ birth details, or NZ immigration details.
  • You’ll get an application number by email or text.
  • Take the number into a local Post Shop within 14 days a get a free photo which is applied to your account.
  • You’ll be contacted with in five working days by email or text to say your ID is verified.


Connect is a service offered by NZ post to electronically lodge documentation with government departments such as StudyLink and Internal Affairs

  • Log in using RealMe
  • Confirm your email address
  • Fill out required fields.
  • Download scanned copies for documents

Academic Issues

Now and again things won’t go your way. What do you do if you don’t agree with the mark you’ve been given? Check out the process below.

Process for remarking

Appeals to the academic committee must be in writing within 10 working days. If you need help working through the process come by and see us.

Copying work or using other people’s ideas.

When you use the same words or when you use someone else’s ideas and hand it in as your own work, you are cheating. This is considered plagiarism.

In academic work this is unacceptable. NMIT has a very clear policy on this. It is not okay to copy or use other people’s work without citing it. 

Whether you found it in a book in the library or took it straight from the internet, if you haven’t referenced or cited it correctly you are cheating.

Not knowing how to reference is not an excuse. For helpful hints on how to avoid plagiarism, check out the website.

To help NMIT offers referencing guilds for different programme areas, to help you get it right click here.

Turnitin provides a service for checking academic work for possible sources of plagiarism. Your tutor will provide details on what they consider plagiarism to be and how to maintain your academic integrity. NMIT has a policy of allowing students to check your Turnitin reports prior to formally submitting your assignments - and it all happens within NMIT moodle.  

Problem resolution

Every now and again there are problems. They can be big problems (finding somewhere to live) or small (having a disagreement with a friend)

Remember with problems big and small there is always help. A great place to start is looking at the problem:

AdvocacyImage Website1. Define the Problem

What are you trying to solve? In addition to getting clear on what the problem is, defining the problem also sets a goal for what you want to achieve.

2. Brainstorm Solutions

What are some ways to solve the problem? The goal is to create a list of possible solutions to choose from. The harder the problem, the more solutions you may need.

3. Pick a Solution

What are you going to do? The ideal solution is effective (it will meet the goal), efficient (is affordable), and has the fewest side effects (limited consequences from implementation).

4. Implement the Solution

What are you doing? The implementation of a solution requires planning and execution. Often it’s not trying to get it “perfect” the first time.

5. Review the Results

What did you do? To know you successfully solved the problem, it’s important to review what worked, what didn’t.

Managing stress

Being a student can be stressful. Finding a balance between studying, work, family and a job while still managing to hand in assignments on time can sometimes be very challenging. Finding ways to manage your stress levels can be the difference between having a great study experience and not.

1. Take time to look after yourself.

Your body is a machine. To work at its best and cope with stress it needs some basic things.

  • Healthy food
  • Lots of regular sleep
  • Exercise every day
  • Ascribe to positive thought patterns 

2. Have a routine/plan.

Make a plan for the day. Stress can occur when you feel powerless, making a plan and working through it gives you control, reducing stress.  

3. Take assignments one baby step at a time.

Break your work down into manageable, bite-sized portions that feel less overwhelming than looking at the big picture. If you have an essay to write that’s making you feel anxious, list the individual steps that lead to the destination of the essay being finished (finding sources, creating an outline, writing an intro), and the task will begin to feel less daunting.

4. Lower your goals.

Now we’re not saying do nothing but following the idea “lowering your goals, you’ll achieve more” can help to relieve stress and boost academic success.

Instead of setting your goal to be getting the highest grade in the class, set a goal to feel satisfied with your performance.

5. Stay balanced during exam periods.

The importance of taking breaks and working in time to relax during your busiest and most stressful periods can’t be overestimated. No matter how hard you push yourself, nobody can maintain constant focus. Take frequent, short breaks for fun activities so that you’ll be able to go back to your writing or studying refreshed.

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