Lincoln University April newsletter

Welcome to TEU Lincoln's regular newsletter about what your union is doing and the issues we are working on. Contact us at or 423 0877 George Forbes Memorial Building Room 038 April 2015

From the National President

sandra-greyThe start of another semester brings up feelings of both excitement and dread … Continue Reading ››

Massey consults on new council

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 10

Massey University has started to consult on the composition of its new council.  Its consultation document proposes one elected academic staff representative, one elected general staff representative and one elected student representative. Meanwhile TEU and NZUSA have collaborated with ActionStation to launch a nationwide online ‘sign-and-click’ submission campaign at Continue Reading ››

Budget 2015’s meagre R&D spending

Prime Minister John Key used a pre-budget announcement to confirm that the government will spend another $80 million over four years on Callaghan Innovation’s project to encourage more private sector research and development. Key says the funding is equivalent to a 14 percent increase in research and development spending. However Green Party co-leader Russell Norman says … Continue Reading ››

Steven Joyce on academic pay: Part 4

You may remember that Tertiary Update has covered an ongoing written debate in parliament between Labour’s tertiary education spokesperson David Cunliffe and the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce over what an appropriate level of pay is for academic staff at wānanga, polytechnics and universities. When we last left … Continue Reading ››

Are you an Adrenalin junkie?

Score a 12 percent discount[ref]*Discount applies to experiences in Australia & New Zealand only.[/ref] on your next big jump, drive or flying experience with Adrenalin thanks to your TEU member benefits. What’s on offer:
  • Water Experiences - Jet Boating, Sea Kayaking, Crocodile Cage of Death
  • Driving Experiences - Defensive Driving, Motorbikes, Rally Driving
  • Flying Experiences - Jet Fighters, Hot Air Ballooning, Flight … Continue Reading ››

Universities need to pressure govt on budget

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 9

Four of New Zealand’s universities, Auckland, AUT, Massey and Canterbury, need to talk publicly to the government now so they are not short of cash when the finance minister allocates the Vote Tertiary Education budget. Just weeks after this year’s budget thousands of university staff will enter collective  employment negotiations. TEU … Continue Reading ››

Students should protect NZUSA voice

Students are in danger of losing an important national voice if they do not support their national union NZUSA says TEU president Sandra Grey. NZUSA is struggling to survive after students’ associations at two big universities  gave notice that they intend to withdraw from NZUSA. Victoria and Otago university students’ associations have said they will leave … Continue Reading ››

Strong collectives will lead to fairer polytechnic pay

Years of funding cuts, low  pay rises and constant reviews and restructuring  at polytechnics need to end says TEU national secretary Sharn Riggs. Eight  polytechnics are currently negotiating new collective agreements or will start negotiations soon. They include NMIT, Wintec, Open Polytechnic, Otago, NorhTec, Aoraki and SIT. Riggs says all those people deserve a decent pay rise … Continue Reading ››

Joyce to define appropriate pay for academics

The discussion continues between Labour’s tertiary education spokesperson David Cunliffe and tertiary education minister Steven Joyce over how much pay tertiary education academics deserve. At the beginning of the month Cunliffe delivered Joyce a series of written questions asking how much he believes good academics deserve to be paid. Joyce responded last week saying it … Continue Reading ››

Solidarity with Aboriginal communities

TEU leaders James Houkāmau and Sandra Grey are condemning the Western Australian government’s plan to force the closure of Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal leaders from the Australian National Tertiary Education Union Celeste Liddle and Terry Mason told TEU’s Hui-ā-Motu that Western Australia plans to close up to 150 remote communities and cut funding for services to the … Continue Reading ››

Solidarity with Aboriginal communities #sosblakaustralia

Photos from TEU Hui-ā-Motu, 27-29 March, Unitec Marae. Australia’s PM said Australia should not ‘subsidise lifestyle choices’ of Indigenous communities living in remote rural areas.  The government of Western Australia is proposing the “closure” of up to 150 remote communities and cutting funding for services to the Aboriginal people who live in those communities. Continue Reading ››