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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 12 Staff at institutes of polytechnics and technology up and down the country will soon have an opportunity to shape the future of the sector, thanks to a series of meetings co-facilitated by the Tertiary Education Union and the Tertiary Education Commission. The TEC will visit every ITP in New Zealand to speak to staff as part of their ITP Roadmap 2020 project, the purpose of which is to look at the...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, reflects on the decision of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland to axe 45 full-time equivalent jobs from Libraries and Learning Services. With 40 people losing their jobs and a whole library closing down, it’s easy to say how staff at the University of Auckland Library are feeling today – devastated. Forty people this week have had their lives turned upside...

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Increase in level 1 to 4 student numbers

Increase in level 1 to 4 student numbers


Posted By on Jun 22, 2018

Data released by the Tertiary Education Commission shows student numbers have increased over the last year for courses at levels 1 and 2, and the competitive component of levels 3 and 4. However, the overall number of equivalent full-time students (EFTS) declined by 239 in the 12 months since April 2017. The TEC data – helpfully summarised by Tertiary Insight – shows the Government’s contribution to the direct costs of teaching,...

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Earlier this week the Tertiary Education Union told MPs on the Education and Workforce Select Committee that restoring student and staff voice to tertiary education institution councils was a welcome step forward, but more needs to be done. Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, was speaking to MPs as part of their deliberations into a proposed law change that would see students and staff returned to councils...

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HealthCarePlus Newsletter Winter 2018


Posted By on Jun 20, 2018

HealthCarePlus is a not-for-profit incorporated society that assists participating union members and their families access to competitive health cover. Read the latest HealthCarePlus newsletter here....

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 11 University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon’s proposal to cut staff from the Faculty of Education risks worsening the chronic teacher shortage facing New Zealand, the Tertiary Education Union has said. McCutcheon told staff last week that he proposed to cut 23.4 full-time equivalent jobs from the university’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. The proposal is justified on the...

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Minister for Education Chris Hipkins has released for consultation a final draft of the International Education Strategy. The strategy retains much of what the previous National-led Government proposed in in the previous draft, published in July 2017. This included a shift of focus away from growth of the sector to managing quality. The current strategy set targets for export income and student numbers, as well as encouraging...

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University of Auckland Associate Professor, and Tertiary Education Union member, Janet Fanslow has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the research and prevention of family violence. Based at the University’s School of Population Health, Associate Professor Fanslow has been researching family violence for more than 20 years and her work has been instrumental in proving its high prevalence rate,...

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Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway has announced that former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger will head up a new working group tasked with designing a system for Fair Pay Agreements. Promised by the Labour Party before the election, Fair Pay Agreements will be industry-wide agreements that can be triggered when a certain level of support is reached. They will set minimum terms and conditions,...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, calls on the government to get the tertiary education sector back to basics. The government has asked us all to talk about what we want from our education system in the coming three decades. And the Education Conversation so far seems to be focused on a very simple idea – let’s get back to basics. Let’s make sure that learning is at the heart of all we do. The...

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Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has announced plans to change student post-study work rights. The proposals include changing the length of time students can stay on in New Zealand to work once they complete their studies. Students completing a non-degree level 7 or below qualification will be eligible for a one-year post-study work visa. However, they will also be required to study for at least two years before they are...

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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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Happy Sāmoan Language Week


Posted By on May 31, 2018

Talofa lava. O a’u oute faigaluega mo le ofisa a le uni o a’oaoga maualuga. It’s Samoan Language Week this week and to celebrate here are some useful phrases that should come in handy at any tertiary education institution. Nimo Elisara-Too also shares a message from everyone at TEU.   Gagana Sāmoa: Unique & Beautiful...

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University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon’s proposal to cut staff from the Faculty of Education risks worsening the chronic teacher shortage facing New Zealand, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today. McCutcheon told staff this afternoon that he proposed to cut 23.4 full-time equivalent jobs from the university’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. The proposal is justified on the basis that the Faculty...

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