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:


  • Candidates discuss plans for the future of tertiary education

    Tertiary Update Election Edition – Vol 1 No 4 The TEU has been talking to the tertiary education spokespeople for Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First about how they plan ...

  • Green Party announce new student policy

    The Green Party has announced a new policy to support students. The policy includes increasing all student allowances by 20 percent. For a student under 24 years old not living with their ...

  • Future of academic freedom is at stake

    Dr. Charles Sedgwick, a sociologist and teaching associate at the Victoria University of Wellington, discusses the risks to academic freedom if the government continues its market-based experiment in tertiary education. Academic freedom is ...

  • Social issues impact access to tertiary education

    Cat Pausé, a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University and vice-president of the TEU, says the election offers an opportunity to improve access to tertiary education for ...

  • Online tool for voters still On the Fence

    On the Fence creators discuss how they are helping to guide people towards finding their best match amongst the parties standing in the upcoming election. Young people have rejected many aspects ...



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.