TEU elections returning officer’s report – national president and vice-presidents

National President:

The result of the ballot which closed at 5.00pm on Friday 26 September is that Sandra Grey has been elected as National President Te Tumu Whakarae for the 2015 and 2016 term.

Vice Presidents:

The results of the nominations which closed at 5.00pm on Friday 12 September are as follows:
Position Candidate(s) Status
Te Tumu Arataki Māori Vice-President James Houkāmau Elected Unopposed
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Dr Sandra Grey

TEU elects Sandra Grey president

TEU members have voted Dr Sandra Grey to return as their national president for the next two years. Grey, who was previously president during 2011-2012, is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in social and public policy. Grey’s election coincides with the re-election of a National government and she says her term as president … Continue Reading ››
Otago Unviersity Clocktower

Teacher educators ‘dismayed’ at Otago cuts

The University of Otago is planning to cut almost a third of jobs at its college of education, according to the Otago Daily Times. Earlier this week the university college staff it plans to cut 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions. Local TEU organiser Shaun Scott told the Otago Daily Times academic staff would be reduced to … Continue Reading ››

Tai Poutini members bargain better terms for casuals

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 32

The TEU bargaining team  hope a new employment agreement at Tai Poutini Polytechnic will better protect casual employees if TEU members will vote for it next week. The new two-year agreement includes a new definition of casual tutors, a clause that means that their salary will be reviewed annually rather than … Continue Reading ››
3 more years of national

Protect yourself from new law – join a union

National has highlighted employment law changes as one of its key priorities in the first 100 days in Government, according to Radio NZ. TEU president Lesley Francey says that means workers need to act quickly to protect themselves from a legal environment that will undermine work rights and limit pay rises.
“The government has the power … Continue Reading ››

New National MPs leave space on uni councils

With new National MPs Alastair Scott and Todd Muller both leaving their university council seats to take up seats in parliament, the government will now need to consider which aspiring National MPs of the future it will select to replace them. Alastair Scott, who won the Wairarapa seat, has resigned as a member of the Massey … Continue Reading ››
Victoria Univeristy of Wellington law school

Vic students want government to prioritise student debt

On campuses around New Zealand, the election issue that drove students to vote was not just dirty politics or spying, but the lifetime of debt it costs students to go to university. So now a group of students and staff at Victoria University is taking that message to the National Party to make sure it … Continue Reading ››

Parties measured on commitment to tertiary funding and governance

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 31

A comparison of each political party’s tertiary education policies to TEU’s blueprint for tertiary education, Te Kaupapa Whaioranga, shows some parties are committed to the same principles that TEU members endorsed as solutions to improve tertiary education last year, but others are not.

At its annual conference last year … Continue Reading ››

Voting to end insecure work

Jobs should work for everyone, but they increasingly serve the needs of employers, not employees, according to the Council of Trade Unions. In the lead up to general election the CTU says the results of opening up the economy, cutting social supports and weakening employment law have been low pay, longer working hours, a shameful workplace … Continue Reading ››
Victoria University of Wellington VUW

Academic board asked to challenge Māori business school closure

Staff at Victoria University are hoping that their Academic Board will reconsider a senior leadership decision to close its business school’s Māori Business programme. VUW's Senior Leadership Team is proposing to close the Māori Business programme with a likely loss of two senior lecturer positions, and significant implications for the school and faculty. … Continue Reading ››

Allowance restrictions force debt up

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is concerned at a jump in average student loan debt. NZUSA has released findings from its longitudinal Income and Expenditure Survey of 5000 students from universities and polytechnics conducted in August of this year. The study reveals that the average student loan debt is now $24,405, up 57 … Continue Reading ››

Tertiary Education Union – Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa