Tertiary institutions are starting the new academic year smarting from cuts totalling several million dollars.
The Government has applied new funding rules linked to performance allowing it to deduct subsidies from institutions that do badly against measures including course and qualification completion.
The Tertiary Education Commission has not yet made details of the cuts public, but several institutions have told Radio New Zealand News they lost sums ranging from a few thousand dollars to more than $1 million.
They include Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua, the Southern Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Raukawa.
Some of the organisations say they are being punished for enrolling students who need a lot of help.