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#Lovehumanities day a big success

#Lovehumanities day a big success


Posted By on Feb 23, 2017

People up and down the country came together yesterday to tell politicians and decision-makers at tertiary education institutions that the humanities are essential to the future of New Zealand and need funding properly. Centred on a humanities teach-in at the University of Otago, the TEU’s #lovehumanities day of action was conceived as a response to the government narrative that the primary purpose of education is to serve the...

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University of Otago vice-chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, has found herself in the middle of controversy over a response to academics who had lobbied her about one of the job cuts at the university. The Otago Daily Times (ODT) reported that Professor Hayne sent replies not only to those academics that had emailed her, but had copied in other vice chancellors. The TEU National President Sandra Grey wrote and met with Professor...

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Massey and EIT to discuss living wage

Massey and EIT to discuss living wage


Posted By on Feb 23, 2017

The TEU at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) and Palmerston North campus of Massey University will meet in March to discuss what the Living Wage means for staff at both institutions. The meetings follow in the wake of news that the Living Wage will increase to $20.20 from 1 July. The Living Wage is updated annually to reflect changes in the labour market and the rising cost to workers of providing themselves and their families...

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Two courses cut at Ara’s Timaru Campus

Two courses cut at Ara’s Timaru Campus


Posted By on Feb 23, 2017

Two courses have been cut from Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru campus due to low enrolment numbers. A tourism and a photography course have both been cut for the forthcoming academic year. It is not currently clear whether the decision will affect staffing numbers. Only one person had applied to do the six-month NZ Tourism L3 programme, with three enrolments received for Ara’s level five Certificate in Photography....

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TEU backs new health campaign

TEU backs new health campaign


Posted By on Feb 23, 2017

Health costs are New Zealanders’ greatest financial worry, according to a new campaign that is calling on the government to fully fund the health service. YesWeCare is a coalition of organisations working to end the underfunding of the health service, which is estimated to have reached more than $1.85 billion because of a failure to put enough money into the system to meet the needs of New Zealand’s ageing population. Sandra Grey, TEU...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 5 With less than one week to go, support for the TEU’s Love Humanities national day of action on 22 February is growing. Gareth Hughes, the Green Party’s spokesperson for tertiary education, has recorded a video backing the day of action. In a further show of support, Hughes is planning to join the TEU at the University of Otago next Wednesday for part of their humanities teach-in. Chris Hipkins, the Labour...

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Publication of the forthcoming Productivity Commission report into tertiary education has been delayed. The report had been due to be released to the public on 28 February, but the commission’s website has been changed to say that the government will look at the report first. The final report will be sent to ministers by the end of February with no indication of when it will be available to the public. Sandra Grey, TEU national...

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New Zealanders should have the opportunity to debate a new law giving victims of domestic violence a statutory right to leave or to request flexible working arrangements, a group of NGOs and trade unions has said. In an open letter to the Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse, the group calls on the government to vote in favour of referring the legislation to Select Committee. The TEU has written separately to the...

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A new campaign calling for equal pay in the workplace has been launched this week. The online video campaign, ‘Treat Her Right’, has been launched to raise awareness around the issue of pay inequality between men and women. New Zealand has had legally-mandated equal pay for women since 1972 but, as the new Treat Her Right campaign makes clear, there is still a long way to go before pay equality is reached. On average women...

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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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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 4 Private tertiary education companies will receive the same funding as universities, polytechnics and wānanga under the provisions of a new law introduced in Parliament this week. The law, which amends the Education Act, means that for-profit private tertiary education providers (PTEs) that seek to maximise profits will be treated equally with those that do not; universities, ITPs and wānanga. Provisions in...

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The TEU’s national Day of Action in support of the humanities, arts and social sciences takes place on 22 February with events organised on campuses across the country. Centred on a teach-in at the University of Otago, the #lovehumanities day of action will highlight the valuable contribution teachers, researchers, students and graduates of the humanities and other related disciplines make to New Zealand’s economic and social...

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The Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University should agree to a flat rate increase in pay to begin to address the pay issues for the lowest paid staff at the university, the TEU said after members voted in favour of taking strike action as part of an ongoing campaign to achieve an equitable outcome from pay negotiations. The strike action comes after seven months of negotiations during which the TEU has called on the employer to agree to...

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Recommendations in the forthcoming Productivity Commission report will be subject to detailed analysis and critique at two public forums to be held on 8 and 9 March in Wellington and Auckland, the TEU has announced. Both events will bring together some of the sector’s leading experts to provide an invaluable insight into the implications of the commission’s report for the provision of quality public tertiary education. Commenting on...

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