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:


  • Stressed tertiary education staff struggling with work

    digital overload workplace stress

    People working in universities, polytechnics and wānanga are stressed about their future, according to a new survey by the Tertiary Education Union. TEU president Sandra Grey says the survey of over ...

  • Brexit saves Waikato Pathways College

    University of Waikato

    Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 25 Waikato University has decided not to privatise its foundation studies course for the moment. However, the university says the cause is not the widespread opposition from ...

  • Victoria sells Pathways course to private equity firm

    Victoria University of Wellington

    Victoria University of Wellington has announced it is outsourcing its pre-degree foundations studies courses to one of New Zealand’s largest private education companies, ACG. The university hopes that privatising its foundation ...

  • $35 million to woo entrepreneurs to NZ universities

    Sandra Grey

    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce will give universities $35 million over the next four years to help them bid to attract world-leading entrepreneurial researchers to work in New Zealand. Joyce says ...

  • 90 Day trials – what does the research tell us?

    Bill rosenberg

    The government is in denial over the failure of the 90-day trials, says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. New research commissioned by Treasury found that 90 day trial periods for new employees ...


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.