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.



Join us – Tū hono mai


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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:


  • Labour announces three years of free study


    Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 3 Labour Party leader Andrew Little announced this week that if elected his party would introduce three free years of education for all new tertiary education ...

  • PBRF not the place for new investment

    Sandra Grey

    If falling student numbers frees up money for the government to invest in tertiary education PBRF should not be the priority says TEU national president Sandra Grey. RNZ reported this morning ...

  • Whaea Mere rests after lifetime of service

    Whaea Mere Broughton

    Whaea Mereiwa Broughton, one of TEU’s longstanding Kāhui Kaumātua, died suddenly this week, aged 77. Whaea Mere was an outspoken advocate for Māori in tertiary education since the 1970s. ‘Everything we do ...

  • Napier, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Tauranga to lose mediators

    nanette cormack

    All six specialist employment mediators in Napier, Dunedin, Palmerston North and Tauranga could be redundant soon.

  • Pay gap grows another two cents

    equal pay

    The pay gap between men and women grew very slightly in the last three months by two cents per hour. The latest Quarterly Employment Survey data, released yesterday shows that men ...


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 2015-16.

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.