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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s aspiration that this Budget provides a foundation for the future has been dealt a severe blow by the failure to invest further in tertiary education. Aspects of the Budget welcomed by the Tertiary Education Union include the commitment to build more houses, extend low cost GP visits, invest in rebuilding the health system, and ensure we have enough teachers to inspire our kids. However, the TEU has been...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 9 Minister for Education Chris Hipkins has backed down from comments made in a Cabinet Paper that suggested he was prepared to intervene to change working conditions for people working in institutes of technology and polytechnics. Speaking at the Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) conference on Friday, the Minster said the Cabinet Paper was wrong to say that ITPs would be helped by renegotiating “terms...

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The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has launched a framework, Te Koeke Tiriti, to help further and deepen its commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The framework was launched to guide TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi’s Tiriti relationships and behaviours, setting our vision of how members and staff aspire to work together. “Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the foundation for the relationship between Māori and the crown. Honouring our commitment to Te...

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been told in an open letter that Chris Hipkins was wrong to say good working conditions are an impediment to the success of institutes of technology and polytechnics. The letter features a selection of nearly two hundred personal stories showing the lengths staff go to teach their students, and follows publication last month of a Cabinet paper written by Education Minister Chris Hipkins arguing that...

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Good, but could do better. That’s the verdict from Tertiary Education Union’s six month scorecard of government efforts to reform the tertiary education sector. The TEU said Minister for Education Chris Hipkins had taken some hugely positive steps towards recognising the benefits public tertiary education brings to us all. Two examples in particular stand in stark contrast to the disastrous market-based approach of the last National...

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View from the conference floor

View from the conference floor


Posted By on May 10, 2018

Fresh from a busy TEU conference last weekend, Lexie Matheson, an Academic Equity Leader and Senior Lecturer in Event Management at the Auckland University of Technology, shares her experience of what members got up to. Everyone should go to Conference because there’s so much smiling. Well, there was this year. There’s more than smiling, of course, much more, but for me, this year, the smiling was very special. There were highlights...

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