TEU – there’s a place for you

The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa is you, your colleagues and 10,000 members joining together for a strong voice and better jobs. Joining us is the first step in taking control of your working life – winning respect for your hard work.




Because we are stronger together

Together we are a stronger voice for all tertiary education workers and the important role we play for students and the wider community. We believe in working hard for the students in our institutions, and being respected and paid fairly for that work. We believe in a high quality, public education system that that gives everyone a chance, and helps to build strong communities. We are part of the New Zealand union movement and we believe in working people working together to make things fairer and better for everyone.

We have strength and credibility

TEU is for everybody who works in tertiary education, including universities, polytechnics, wānanga and private training institutions, REAPs and OTEPs. We are a democratic organisation and we stand up together for what we believe in.


For contact details, collective agreements and the latest news about your branch look for it on this list of polytechnics, universities, wānanga and other tertiary education institutions:


  • Students and staff hit hardest by constant upheaval

    Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 31 Tertiary education institutions across New Zealand are restructuring how courses and services are delivered, causing unnecessary stress and uncertainty for thousands of staff and students. Eleven ...

  • Happy Labour Day

    Millions of Kiwis will enjoy a day off paid work on Monday to commemorate the successful union campaign for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the ...

  • Accreditation withdrawn from yet another for-profit provider

    The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has withdrawn accreditation from the International College of Auckland (ICA), impacting around 80 international students. The loss of accreditation, which was withdrawn voluntarily by ICA, relates to ...

  • Telford celebrate takeover

    Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre has celebrated its takeover of Lincoln University’s Telford campus. Ministers provided the consents necessary to allow Taratahi’s acquisition of the Telford campus in July, with the transfer taking effect ...

  • Otago University confirms job cuts

    Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 30 The University of Otago confirmed today that 160 general staff positions will be cut as part of a massive shake-up in the way support services ...



Tertiary Education Union
PO Box 11-767
Wellington 6142





Kia ora! 

I’m Sandra Grey, president of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) for 2017-18.

Our union represents the interests of 10,000 people working in tertiary education. TEU is the main union in our sector. Our membership includes teachers and workers employed in all occupations in universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, wānanga, other tertiary education providers and allied organisations.

TEU members work together collectively to safeguard and enhance our industrial, professional and educational goals, including:

  • negotiating collective employment agreements so that you have the best possible pay and working conditions;
  • advising and representing you with employment-relationship problems;
  • monitoring and acting on issues that affect you in your workplace;
  • improving the quality of tertiary education in New Zealand;
  • developing specialist research and policy to promote the interests of tertiary education workers; and
  • safeguarding the rights of Māori members and meeting the union’s responsibilities to wider Māori communities through the promotion of and adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are a democratic union with strong membership participation and governed by an elected council.

TEU is the union for everybody who works in tertiary education. We are a democratic organisation and we stand up together for what we believe in.