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:


  • More students but less money


    The overall cut to tertiary education in this year’s budget will cause real harm to students, their families, and communities. The government has cut the amount of money to tertiary education ...

  • International students excluded by programme sell-off

    Victoria University of Wellington VUW

    Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 18 Victoria University’s decision to privatise its foundation studies programme will exclude dozens of international students from the university, say staff and students. The university has confirmed it will outsource its ...

  • Three things to look for in today’s budget


    Today’s Budget is important for tertiary education because it provides roughly two-thirds of the money for public education (with most of the rest coming from student fees). Often the minister and the media ...

  • One in 12 PTEs are high risk

    Thanks to Peter at Flickr for the photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/nzphoto/526192763

    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce told parliament that the Tertiary Education Commission considers 8 percent of private training enterprises (PTEs) are a high financial risk. Joyce revealed the figure in response to ...

  • Minister to Auckland: find more international students

    Thanks to Loïc Lagarde at Flickr for the photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/loic80l/16027580161/

    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce has told the University of Auckland it needs to get more international students rather than seek more public funding. Joyce told Newstalk ZB that the University of Auckland already gets slightly ...


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.