Tertiary Education: Keep it Public


Public tertiary education gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps our families, communities and economy.

But Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is trying to change the law to take public funds away from our universities, polytechs and wānanga and hand them to private companies who are more concerned with profit than providing quality education.

National’s Education Amendment Bill is the single biggest change to tertiary education funding in a generation. If enough of us speak out, then together we can stop it happening.

Here you can find some useful campaign resources to help make sure tertiary education stays public, local and focused on learning.

Have your say!

The Education Select Committee is inviting comments on the Bill before the deadline of 23 June.

You can have your say by using this TEU’s guide to making submissions on the Bill.

The guide includes a template submission for you to use, or add your own comments to. This template can be used to make an online submission to the Select Committee here.

If enough of us have our say then National will have to listen to our concerns. Take 5 minutes to tell the Select Committee that you want to #keepitpublic.

How to talk about the Bill

The TEU has produced this short guide to talking about the Bill and its impact on public tertiary education institutions.

You can use this guide discussion points when making a submission to the Select Committee, talking to your local Member of Parliament, or getting other people involved in the campaign.

You can also Tweet your support for the campaign with the hashtag #keepitpublic or like the campaign’s Facebook page.

Campaign Activities

National faces an election year choice: take this damaging legislation off the table, or be seen to be undermining our students, our institutions, and our communities. And the more of us that stand together the starker that choice becomes.

Here are a few ideas for what you can do to help keep tertiary education public.