PETITION: Job skills not job cuts for Manukau

This petition calls on the chief executive of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr Peter Brothers to reconsider his plans to restructure and make redundant staff in the faculties of engineering and trades, and education and social sciences. Businesses and employers in South Auckland are relying on MIT to provide job skills and education to local young people. MIT cannot do that … Continue Reading ››
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UCOL members launch blueprint for polytechnics

TEU launched its seventh Te Kaupapa Whaioranga document last night at UCOL - a blueprint for polytechnics and institutes of technology. TEU’s national secretary Sharn Riggs used UCOL's TEU branch annual meeting to call for a renewed commitment to the important role that polytechnics play in their local regions. This … Continue Reading ››
Louise Tu'u

Louise Tu’u: a new face supporting Pacific students

Last Friday was Fiji Independence Day, and TEU Pasifika members from many more islands were celebrating at a Talanoa in Wellington. Among them Louise Tu’u, a Samoan from the national drama school Toi Whakaari, who has only been a union member for month, was attending her first TEU meeting. Tu’u is a creative producer and director … Continue Reading ››
Selina Marsh

Selina Tusitala Marsh: speaking up to end Pasifika isolation

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh has been infusing her department with a more ‘whanau’ atmosphere for Pasifika and Māori students for nearly a decade now. However, like many Pasifika staff she faces limits on how much she can create that open, accessible atmosphere, because her energy is taken up by so many other demands. Marsh is poet … Continue Reading ››
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Unions prevent workplace injuries

The number of claims for work-related injuries by people working in education and training has doubled since 2007. Data from Statistics NZ shows that the number of people working in education and training to have claims for work-related injuries accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) increased from under 5,000 in 2007 to nearly 10,000 … Continue Reading ››

Will code silence scientists?

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 34

The Association of Scientists wants to hear from scientists and other academics about a government plan to develop a new code of practice for scientists, telling them if, and when, they can speak publicly. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has told the Royal Society of New Zealand to … Continue Reading ››
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Upston new associate tertiary education minister

The Māori Party has relinquished its tertiary education associate ministerial roles in the new government to National Party up-and-comer Louise Upston. Upston sat on the Education and Science Select Committee for two years until the 2011 election. Most recently, she has been the National Party’s senior whip and a member of the Māori Affairs Select Committee. … Continue Reading ››

Taonga welcomed home for World Teachers’ Day Teachers, other education staff and their communities gathered at dusk on Gisborne’s Midway beach last Sunday to welcome the return of a rākau kōrero (talking stick) that left Aotearoa one year ago. Sunday was World Teachers’ Day and the end of Education International’s Year of Global Action for Education. The rākau kōrero, which left Gisborne following … Continue Reading ››
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Gender pay gap widens

Men now earn an average $4.00 an hour more than women, according to Statistics New Zealand. The latest New Zealand Income Survey data shows men earn $28.70 on average an hour, while women earn $24.80, extending the pay gap to 13.9 percent. TEU women’s vice-president Cat Pausé said the gender pay gap exists throughout the … Continue Reading ››
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Vice-chancellors blame govt for falling rankings

The acting chair of Universities New Zealand, Professor Harlene Hayne, has hit out at the government funding cuts, saying they are driving New Zealand universities down the global ranking tables. Hayne’s comments followed the release last week of the Times Higher Education international rankings, which showed that all of New Zealand’s universities ranked in … Continue Reading ››

Whale Oil’s dirty attack on Otago academic

Tertiary Update Vol 17  No 33

The villain of Dirty Politics, Cameron Slater, used his post-election downtime last week to attack University of Otago nutrition scientist Lisa Te Morenga, calling her a ‘trougher’ and, ironically, criticising her for being offensive on the internet. TEU president Lesley Francey said Slater’s comments were intended to intimidate and to undermine … Continue Reading ››
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KiwiSaver improvements at EIT

Eastern Institute of Technology's TEU members who are over 65 will be able to continue to save up employer contributions in their KiwiSaver nest egg if they ratify a new TEU collective agreement. Union members are now voting whether to ratify the new collective agreement, which will mean EIT will make employer contributions to KiwiSaver for … Continue Reading ››
Daniel Haines, NZUSA president

Vic students to leave NZUSA under VSM cloud

Student leaders around New Zealand will meet in two weeks to discuss the future of student representation after the decision made last week by the Victoria University Students’ Association (VUWSA) to give one year's notice terminating their membership of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations’ (NZUSA).
“VUWSA was a founding member of NZUSA in 1929 … Continue Reading ››