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:


  • Wintec hot-desks create stress


    Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 23 130 trades tutors at Wintec have roughly 70 desks to work at because the polytechnic is trying to save money by hot-desking them. Local TEU organiser ...

  • Intueri’s dive school to repay $1.5m

    Thanks to taquiman @ Flickr for the photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/10705232@N06/5360004249/

    The Tertiary Education Commission is demanding the Intueri-owned New Zealand School of Commercial Diver Training repay $1.47 million for under-delivered courses. The commission investigated student enrolments at the PTE between 2009–2014 ...

  • Vetoed parental leave bill exits parliament

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

    Last night, for a third time, parliament debated a bill to increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks, but all to no avail. Finance minister Bill English had already vetoed the ...

  • High-risk PTEs remain secret


    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is refusing to release information about high-risk tertiary education institutions. Joyce says doing so would identify particular providers and this may reduce public confidence in them ...

  • Student loans are contributing to growing inequality

    Student loans are contributing to growing inequality, says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs. Statistics New Zealand released data this week showing that the top ten percent of households own well over ...


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.