Private education company celebrates taxpayer largesse

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 29

New Zealand’s largest tertiary education company Intueri, announced a $1.6 million profit this week, courtesy of a massive increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million.
“The government is subsidising private shareholders to make a profit off New Zealand students,” said TEU president Lesley Francey.
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Kelburn academics want Living Wage for low paid colleagues

Academics at Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn campus called for the university to reconsider its stance on the Living Wage at their stop-work meeting this week. The university and TEU members have been in collective agreement negotiations for months now. Throughout these negotiations the university has opposed claims to pay its lowest-paid staff a Living … Continue Reading ››
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Domestic students migrate to PTEs

The number of domestic students in public tertiary education fell by nearly 10,000 between 2012 and 2013 according to the latest data from the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile the number of domestic students in private training establishments (PTEs) rose by over 6000. Almost all this shift took place among students studying for level 1 and … Continue Reading ››
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Charter schools chained to tertiary institutions?

The government is considering changing education rules to allow universities and polytechnics to run partnership schools according to the New Zealand Herald. However, Alan Cocker from TEU’s national council says there are financial risks for tertiary institutions getting involved with charter schools. Now tertiary education institutions are not now allowed to sponsor partnership schools, or … Continue Reading ››
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Smallest branches focused on decent work and pay

A recent hui of representatives from some of TEU’s smallest branches said the union’s priorities on fair pay and decent working conditions were aspirational rather than a reality for some of their workers. The hui, which included TEU members from Rural Education Activities Programmes (REAPs), Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa, Plunket Parents as First Teachers, … Continue Reading ››

Intueri shareholders celebrate corporate welfare

New Zealand's largest tertiary education company Intueri, which announced a $1.6 million profit yesterday, has received an increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million.

"The government is subsidising private shareholders to make a profit off New Zealand students," said TEU president Lesley Francey.

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TEU presidents in showdown

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 28

Arguably TEU’s two most experienced leaders will go head-to-head in a presidential election next month, with former national president Sandra Grey and current national president Lesley Francey both standing to be the union’s national president for 2015-16. In its short history TEU has not had a former or current president stand … Continue Reading ››

University pan-handling

Universities in New Zealand are moving into bake-sale activities because the public funding is so inadequate says David Cooke, co-editor of a soon to be released book Beyond the Free Market: Rebuilding a Just Society in New Zealand. He submitted this article for Tertiary Update in response to a Fairfax story about universities soliciting … Continue Reading ››
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Modernising parental leave

suzanne mcnabbTEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb hopes paid parental leave will be easier to access and more suitable for modern workplaces once the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) modernises the Parental Leave Act. MBIE is reviewing the act in the wake of significant political debate … Continue Reading ››

U35 group starts up at Otago University

Younger workers at the University of Otago often don’t know what work rights they’re entitled to. That’s the message TEU's new U35 group at the university received from those who attended its Midwinter Mixer last Friday night. Organised as part of the union’s U35 initiative to reach younger workers, the Mixer drew a cross section of … Continue Reading ››

TEU Presidential Election 2014

There are two nominations for TEU National President Te Tumu Whakarae. They are Lesley Francey and Sandra Grey. An election will take place between Mon 15 Sept and Fri 26 Sept. For most TEU members this will be an electronic ballot. Eligible members will be emailed a unique username and password that allows them to vote anonymously. Those without access to email will receive … Continue Reading ››
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Victoria rejects living wage

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 27

Victoria University refuses to take steps to be a Living Wage employer, saying it sees no benefit apart from some possible good publicity, and it does not want to pass control of its wage setting to a third party. Victoria University has been negotiating new collective agreements with its TEU members … Continue Reading ››

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