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Gagana Sāmoa: Unique & Beautiful

Gagana Sāmoa: Unique & Beautiful


Posted By on Jun 1, 2018

Ashalyna Noa from Canterbury University discusses the importance of Vaiaso o le Gagana  Sāmoa. Sāmoan language week is a platform for our Sāmoan identity to be acknowledged, visible, and valued in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is the one week in the year that we come out from being under a ‘Pasifika’ umbrella to highlight the uniqueness and beauty of Gagana Sāmoa. Although it is officially celebrated nationally over one week, the challenge...

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University bargaining underway

University bargaining underway


Posted By on May 24, 2018

Negotiations are underway concerning future pay and conditions for staff working under collective agreements at five universities. The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has initiated bargaining at the University of Otago, Lincoln University, the University of Canterbury, the University of Waikato and the Auckland University of Technology. TEU members at each institution will be negotiating collectively over the coming months for salaries...

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One week after the TEU’s #lovehumanities day of action, Professor Jack Heinemann from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury shares his thoughts on the value humanities add to the sciences. What is a University? It is the place where a ‘universe of ideas’ lives. If it were a place where only scientists could be found, then I suppose we’d call it a Galaxy. I’d tell my neighbours that I’m a professor at...

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As wildfires continue to spread in Christchurch, members and staff of the TEU send thoughts and best wishes to all those affected. Approximately 450 homes have been evacuated and at least eleven destroyed in fires that have been burning in the Port Hills area since Monday. It is estimated that the fires have spread to cover an area of 1,850 hectares. Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rod Carr, of the University of Canterbury has written to staff...

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Coming out now safer for TEU members

Coming out now safer for TEU members


Posted By on Mar 10, 2016

Coming out is not a single act but a process they  goes on and on, each new iteration bringing a new emotional issue, says Warwick Anderson from TEU’s Rainbow Te Kahukura network. With the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform nearing, Anderson reflected with Tertiary Update the on what that law change has meant. These days Anderson is an academic at the University of Canterbury, but before homosexual law reform he was teaching at...

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Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 5 “I was in a garden centre when Sunday’s earthquake hit and everybody froze,” says TEU organiser Gabrielle Moore. “As soon as it stopped everyone ran straight for the car park, to their cars, their phones and their families.” “I was sick to my stomach.  I couldn’t do anything and that feeling of distress did not leave all day.” Moore and  Cindy Doull, another...

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