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Education Amendment Bill Petition

Education Amendment Bill Petition


Posted By on Sep 14, 2018

Education Amendment Bill Petition To the New Zealand Parliament on the 2nd Reading of the Education Amendment Bill Tertiary education institutions are crucial to delivering social, cultural, economic, and environmental wellbeing. For institutions to meet the needs of all New Zealanders, staff and students must have a strong voice in decisions about how institutions are run. We urge parliament to be bold in its recognition that staff...

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Driving Diversity

Driving Diversity


Posted By on Sep 7, 2018

Driving diversity   Nicola Gaston, author of Why Science is Sexist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland, looks at the government’s announcement that it will be taking steps to improve diversity in New Zealand’s science system. It has been a long time coming, but we finally have a statement from the Ministry responsible for the lion’s share of research funding in New Zealand – MBIE –...

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Mālō e lelei! It is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week. Here Dr Sione Vaka, Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT talks about his role in preserving the Tongan language and culture. Dr Vaka is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT and also the President for the Longolongo Youth Club which is a group of Tongan that meet regularly in Onehunga.  The Tongan youth that...

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              Petition for the Living Wage for ALL workers at AUT   Every worker at AUT deserves the Living Wage that enables them to pay for the basic necessities of life. Yet some workers at AUT do not receive this. The Living Wage for 2018 has been calculated as $20.55 per hour, which is $4.05 more than the government set $16.50 minimum wage. Please show your support by asking AUT to ensure...

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My Tongan Story

My Tongan Story


Posted By on Sep 3, 2018

Mālō e lelei! It is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week. Here Lillien Skudder from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work talks about her own journey learning Tongan – and her hopes for her children. Hi my name is Lilien Skudder. I am from Tutakamotonga in Tonga. I came to New Zealand with my parents and two older sisters when I was only one month old (1970). Growing up our...

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A plea for a change of heads

A plea for a change of heads


Posted By on Aug 31, 2018

A plea for a change of heads   Sandra Grey, TEU National President As a union activist I understand that management of tertiary education institutions is necessary, but I want to be clear ‘managerialism’ is not. This week Stuart McCutcheon, the vice chancellor of the University of Auckland, used a Universities NZ column to assert that managerial control of tertiary institutions was necessary for them to remain viable. He sang the...

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