Category Archives: 2011

Joyce wants to cut govt's student loan bill

Tertiary Update, Vol 13 N0 7

Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to cut the government's student loan bill by removing access to the scheme for students who fail or drop out. The minister told the" Weekend Herald that over 40 percent of New Zealand's tertiary education budget goes on student loans and allowances, compared with an … Continue Reading ››

What future for equity funding?

Tertiary Update, Vol 13 No 6

Tertiary Education Union national president Dr Tom Ryan is concerned that equity funding which the Tertiary Education Commission currently provides to institutions with Māori, Pasifika and disabled students may not be renewed, or may be phased out in this year's budget. The funding, which was introduced 10 years ago, provides institutions … Continue Reading ››

Polytechnic staff want facilitation after a year of negotiations

Tertiary Update, Vol 13 No 5

Tertiary Education Union members at the six polytechnics that have been in negotiations for nearly a whole year now, have again rejected their employers' latest employment offer. Instead they are seeking facilitation under the Employment Relations Act. Union members at the six polytechnics, NorthTec, Whitireia, Wintec, WITT, Unitec and Bay of … Continue Reading ››

WITT prepares drastic measures for 2011

Tertiary Update Vol 13 No 4

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) has released a consultation document to its staff called 'Towards a Sustainable Future - Meeting the Challenges of 2011 and Retaining WITT's Independence and Autonomy'. It identifies a significant reduction in revenue that will occur in 2011 as a result of changes to … Continue Reading ››

PM diagnoses tertiary education with economic woes

Tertiary Update - Volume 13 Number 3

The prime minister John Key told" TV3's Sunrise this week that he has given Steven Joyce the tertiary education portfolio to sort out the sector's economic issues. "If you look at the tertiary sector a lot of the challenges that lie before that sector are quite economic in nature", stated … Continue Reading ››

New Minister of Tertiary Education

Tertiary Update, Vol 13 No 2, 28 January 2010

The prime minister announced this week that he was appointing a new minister of tertiary education, Steven Joyce, to replace Anne Tolley who had been in the job for only a year. Mr Joyce will add the tertiary education portfolio to his existing roles as minister of transport … Continue Reading ››

Dept of Labour predicts Māori education jobs at risk

Tertiary Update Vol 13 No 1

A Department of Labour report," Māori in the New Zealand Labour Market, shows that there has been a strong growth of Māori employed in education, including tertiary education, over the last five years. However there are likely to be job losses for Māori education workers in the upcoming eight … Continue Reading ››

Hostile ITP MECA employers reject zero percent claim

Tertiary Update, Vol 12 No 43

The negotiation team for union members covered by the fraught ITP multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) met with the employers for two further days of mediation this week to try again to settle the agreement which expired almost nine months ago. Members at the six polytechnics have been … Continue Reading ››

Minister searches for new councillors

Tertiary Update Volume 12 Number 42

The minister for tertiary education, Hon Anne Tolley, announced last week that she was looking for nominees to fill the four ministerially-appointed councillor roles in up to 31 tertiary education institution councils, including universities, wananga and institutes of technology and polytechnics. The minister's notice to interested parties noted that she will … Continue Reading ››