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:


  • Working conditions an impediment to ITP success, Minister claims

    Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 8 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) should be allowed to renegotiate conditions of work so staff can be used “more efficiently,” according to a paper ...

  • Staff call for greater representation

    Nearly 500 staff working in the tertiary education sector have hold MPs that they would like to see greater representation for students and staff on institution councils. The call comes as ...

  • Ministry sets out plans for VET review

    The government should ensure a network of regional provision, support a diverse range of learners and facilitate work-based learning, according to a paper published by the Ministry of Education. The paper sets ...

  • Union fears government will ignore lessons of failed TAFE reforms

    Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, shares her experience of last week’s Australian Education Union’s technical and further education Council – and draws alarming parallels between reforms ...

  • TEU members celebrate general staff

    Union members across New Zealand will come together tomorrow to celebrate the contribution general staff make to their institutions. They go by many names – general staff, professional staff, allied staff – and ...



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.