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:


  • Minister called on to reform tertiary education funding model

    Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 6 Students, staff, and Vice-Chancellors have called on the Minister for Education to work with the sector to change the existing funding model for tertiary education. Representatives ...

  • Sharing the funding pie

    Following publication of the agreed statement from the Voices from Tertiary Education forum on the future of universities, Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, looks at the commonalities ...

  • Government asks for views on possible new education laws

    Handing the Minister more power over teacher education and restoring the skills leadership role to Industry Training Organisations (ITO) are among the legislative changes being proposed by the Ministry of Education. The ...

  • Tertiary education law to pass Parliament

    Parliament will pass a new tertiary education law in the next few days, legislating for a number of significant changes Tertiary Education Union members told MPs to make. Parliament is expected to ...

  • Time to talk about the future of PBRF

    As part of the Voices from Tertiary Education project, Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government at Victoria University talks about origins of the Performance Based Research Fund and its unintended consequences, ...



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.