High school students tell us how many hours they work

UPDATE: We are reposting this story to correct one of the interviewees’ names. The principal featured is Soana Pamaka from Tamaki College. Aroha mai for our mistake.

“The most hours I worked in a week would approximately be 47.”

Some high school students in Auckland are working 25-50 hours a week in paid jobs to try and support their families.

Tamaki College students shared the stress, exhaustion and experiences of working so many hours while still having to show up at school, finish assessments and pass exams. 

For some, this includes working night shifts, going home to get changed, then coming to school straight after.

They shared their stories with 1News digital reporter Indira Stewart.

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