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:


  • State of the Sector Survey

      Staff conditions of work are students’ conditions of learning. But year after year conditions of teaching, learning, and research have come under attack. Together we must turn this around!  Get the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Don’t let industry crowd out student voice

    New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations National President James Ranstead argues student voice is crucial in the Reform of Vocational Education Submissions received by the Government during the consultation period  for the Reform of ...

  • Ghostwriitng Unacceptable says TEU

      Press Release Friday 16 May 2019   Ghostwriting must be taken seriously, says TEU ‘Cheating by university students paying ‘ghostwriters’ to write essays for them is totally unacceptable and requires a nationally co-ordinated ...

  • International Support Personnel Day

    International Support Personnel Day With trade unions across the world, we are standing up as members of Education International to mark International Support Personnel Day. The General Secretary of Education International David ...

  • Rotuman Language Week 12 – 19 May 2019

    Rotuman bisikete: reactivating forgotten words By Mere Taito, Waikato University I moved to New Zealand in 2007.  Crossing a sea does strange things to the language factory that lives inside your ...

  • Money for Reform Vocational Education

              The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi welcomes the pre-budget announcement of $197 million for the reform of vocational education saying it’s a step in the right direction. President Michael Gilchrist ...



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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