Sacha French is a Kiwi working in Australia. She borrowed a student loan of $41,000 and paid off $52,000. Despite this, her debt had ballooned to $80,000 through penalties and interest. She was overwhelmed when her Australian colleagues paid her student loan debt off for her, because:
"Neither of us could bear that our hardworking friend could have that albatross around her neck,"
A director of media giant NZME described Ms French's treatment by this country as appalling.