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The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union – Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa


Tertiary Update Election Edition – Vol 1 No 5 The TEU is pleased to report that Marama Fox, co-leader of the Māori Party, has told the TEU that her party is opposed to National’s tertiary education Bill. The Bill would give Ministers greater powers to divert public funds away from public tertiary education providers and hand them to private companies instead. Following kōrero with the TEU about the impact the Bill could have on...

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Craig West, a senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, discusses the importance of public tertiary education for second chance learners, as well as its role in the local community. Education sits at the heart of every community and this could not be truer than for the city of Dunedin. The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic are central to life in the city. The fact that they are public institutions ensures that everybody has the...

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Jonathan Gee, national president of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, says this election is a chance to make politics work better for students – which, he says, will benefit us all. For too long, students and young people have been shut out of politics. Politics has failed to speak to our lived experiences, and has failed to address some of the greatest challenges that future generations are set to inherit. That...

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National published its tertiary education policy for the election with minimal fanfare last week. The policy contains little of substance, but there are two commitments worth pointing to. The first is a target to increase the value of international education in New Zealand to $7 billion by 2025. The current international education strategy has a target of $5 billion. Whilst it’s great to encourage people to come to New Zealand to...

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What next for tertiary education?

What next for tertiary education?


Posted By on Sep 21, 2017

David Cooke, national chair of the Quality Public Education Coalition, looks at some of the key issues facing the tertiary education sector after the election, before offering some thoughts on what we can do together to ensure a positive future for students and staff. There is much that undermines tertiary education in New Zealand. Here are some key items, but in each case, there are valid responses. Legislation A most pressing...

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TEU celebrates Suffrage Day

TEU celebrates Suffrage Day


Posted By on Sep 21, 2017

Tuesday 19 September was Suffrage Day and TEU members were out in force to celebrate. Many chose to honour those women who fought and won the right to vote 124 years ago by coming together to vote early. The TEU teams at Victoria University, the Ara Institute of Canterbury, the University of Canterbury, Whitireia and the Waikato region each organised early voting events. Pay equity was one of key issues on people’s minds at...

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Tertiary Update Election Edition – Vol 1 No 4 The TEU has been talking to the tertiary education spokespeople for Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First about how they plan to support public tertiary education. Chris Hipkins, Labour Party Gareth Hughes, Green Party Tracey Martin, New Zealand First Early voting is now open and there are voting booths available on, or very close to, campuses around the country. You can enrol,...

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Green Party announce new student policy

Green Party announce new student policy


Posted By on Sep 15, 2017

The Green Party has announced a new policy to support students. The policy includes increasing all student allowances by 20 percent. For a student under 24 years old not living with their parents this will mean an extra $39.50 a week. Those over 24 years would receive an extra $47.50 per week. The Greens also say they will make all post-graduate students eligible for student allowances, as a step towards making all students eligible....

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Future of academic freedom is at stake

Future of academic freedom is at stake


Posted By on Sep 15, 2017

Dr. Charles Sedgwick, a sociologist and teaching associate at the Victoria University of Wellington, discusses the risks to academic freedom if the government continues its market-based experiment in tertiary education. Academic freedom is perhaps not something we talk about much, and it is perhaps not something many of us will think about when we cast our vote over the next 10 days. Students rarely inquire fervently about what it is...

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Cat Pausé, a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University and vice-president of the TEU, says the election offers an opportunity to improve access to tertiary education for Māori and Pasifika and for women. As New Zealanders go to the polls over the next 10 days, there are a number of important social issues I hope will be at the forefront of their mind, including poverty, house prices and childhood sexual abuse....

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On the Fence creators discuss how they are helping to guide people towards finding their best match amongst the parties standing in the upcoming election. Young people have rejected many aspects of party political politics and their participation rates are consistently around 30 percent below those aged over 50. Many are not enrolled. Of those who are enrolled, barely a third vote. Young people want dialogue, collaboration and...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the TEU, says National must be held accountable for failing students and teachers across the education sector and for eroding the rights of all working people. Imagine living in a country that genuinely ensured ‘inclusive and equitable quality education’ and promoted ‘lifelong learning opportunities for all’. A country that provides free retraining if you are made redundant, enough support personnel...

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More support needed for student nurses

More support needed for student nurses


Posted By on Sep 7, 2017

Tertiary Update Election Edition – Vol 1 No 3   Jackie McHaffie, a Senior Academic Staff Member at the Centre for Health and Social Practice at Wintec, highlights the impact a lack of financial support has on the ability of people to access nursing courses. Far too many student nurses have to forgo the most basic essentials of daily life in order to get through their study. In other words, people that have chosen to...

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Tina Smith, a Senior Lecturer in nurse education at the Universal College of Learning, explains why the future of healthcare is such an important issue at this election. “Health, wealth and happiness”, is a very common saying because without health you will not have wealth or happiness and this applies not only to individuals but to our communities and our country. Hence, health should be a priority. Yet over the last decade the...

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