TEU – there’s a place for you

The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa is you, your colleagues and 10,000 members joining together for a strong voice and better jobs. Joining us is the first step in taking control of your working life – winning respect for your hard work.




Because we are stronger together

Together we are a stronger voice for all tertiary education workers and the important role we play for students and the wider community. We believe in working hard for the students in our institutions, and being respected and paid fairly for that work. We believe in a high quality, public education system that that gives everyone a chance, and helps to build strong communities. We are part of the New Zealand union movement and we believe in working people working together to make things fairer and better for everyone.

We have strength and credibility

TEU is for everybody who works in tertiary education, including universities, polytechnics, wānanga and private training institutions, REAPs and OTEPs. We are a democratic organisation and we stand up together for what we believe in.


For contact details, collective agreements and the latest news about your branch look for it on this list of polytechnics, universities, wānanga and other tertiary education institutions:


  • Bold proposal puts people at the heart of vocational education

    Press release 13 February 2019 Bold proposal puts people at the heart of vocational education Staff can turn their attention to opening doors for students and communities with creative teaching, learning, and ...

  • VET reform – our voice matters

    Together we have made sure that students, iwi, communities, and staff are at the heart of bold changes proposed for the vocational education sector. And we need to keep working ...

  • Day to day actions and words matter

    Day to day actions and words matter We have been struggling since Friday to find the right words, the right response to give to the killings at the two Christchurch mosques. Many have ...

  • Minister, explain how people and quality jobs fit in your vision

    Tertiary Update – Vol 22 No 3 Michael Gilchrist, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, considers what impact ongoing change in the vocational education system could have on the ...

  • One week until sector comes together to discuss future

    Next week, staff, students, business, industry trainers, sector leaders and policy makers will come together at forum to discuss the future of tertiary education. Education Minister Chris Hipkins will address the ...

  • Restore post-grad allowances urgently

    The New Zealand Union of Student Associations has launched a campaign calling on Education Minister, Chris Hipkins to fulfil an election promise and restore postgraduate student allowances. Until 2013, eligible postgraduate ...

  • New report shows some progress on pay equity

    Massey University, the Tertiary Education Union, and [email protected] hosted a morning tea on 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day and launch the updated report on pay and employment equity ...



Tertiary Education Union
PO Box 11-767
Wellington 6142





Kia ora! 

I’m Michael Gilchrist, president of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) for 2019-20.

Our union represents the interests of 10,000 people working in tertiary education. TEU is the main union in our sector. Our membership includes teachers and workers employed in all occupations in universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, wānanga, other tertiary education providers and allied organisations.

TEU members work together collectively to safeguard and enhance our industrial, professional and educational goals, including:

  • negotiating collective employment agreements so that you have the best possible pay and working conditions;
  • advising and representing you with employment-relationship problems;
  • monitoring and acting on issues that affect you in your workplace;
  • improving the quality of tertiary education in New Zealand;
  • developing specialist research and policy to promote the interests of tertiary education workers; and
  • safeguarding the rights of Māori members and meeting the union’s responsibilities to wider Māori communities through the promotion of and adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are a democratic union with strong membership participation and governed by an elected council.

TEU is the union for everybody who works in tertiary education. We are a democratic organisation and we stand up together for what we believe in.

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