Recovering from the earthquake

Posted By TEU on Feb 24, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Volume 14 No 5

As details of Tuesday’s horrific earthquake continue to emerge it seems that hundreds of TEU members and their families have seen their workplaces and homes shaken or destroyed

TEU national president Sandra Grey said, according to the sketchy reports the union has received so far, no members have been seriously hurt or killed and we hope that remains the case.

Our thoughts are with everyone, not just in the tertiary education institutions, but the wider Canterbury region, and especially those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

Dr Grey and TEU’s vice presidents moved quickly to establish a $5000 fund for TEU members who experience financial hardship because of the earthquake. TEU’s national executive will also meet within a fortnight to work out how else it can help the people of Canterbury and in particular, how it can support the Council of Trade Union’s efforts to support affected workers in Canterbury.

“Like all New Zealanders, we are ready to offer what will be needed in the days and months to come,” said Dr Grey.

Education Directions has been providing regular updates about the state of the various tertiary intuitions around the region on its website. It states that both Lincoln University and the University of Christchurch report no deaths or serious injuries.

Local TEU staff are currently on leave, so any CanterburyTEU members needing assistance are urged to contact the national office at 0800 278 348 or

Also in Tertiary Update thie week:

  1. Students to Aoraki: ‘sort it out or we’re off’
  2. University of Auckland academics stop work tomorrow
  3. No room to study for beneficiaries
  4. Waiāriki reinstates accidentally cancelled course

Other news

Work and Income New Zealand has announced that, from 1 April 2011, there will be a 3.75 percent increase to student allowances, and the living costs component of student loans (to $169.51 per week).The increase in these payments reflects the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the year to 31 December 2010 – Work and Income

Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey has slammed secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. “They’re not negotiating a private contract. They’re actually negotiating an international treaty that will bind New Zealand for the next century and we need to know what they’re doing,” she said – TVNZ

The expanding Frocks on Bikes movement is set to take off in Palmerston North, promoting cycling as a normal, everyday mode of transport that can be carried out in regular clothing. Massey University information services librarian Kate Stanton said Palmerston North’s flat contour and cycle lanes made it an ideal location for cycling as a routine part of a normal day. “Generally, I cycle in my work clothes.” –Manawatu Standard

Tri-Valley University in northern California is an unaccredited school with a capacity for around 30 students, according to the Chronicle story, yet it enrolled 1,500 students from India. The story hit the headlines when the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities found out about the situation and began rounding up the “students” and putting radio tracking devices on many of them – Inside Higher Ed

Can academics be funny? For many academics, lecturing to a hall full of bored students can be daunting enough. So the idea of delivering course notes to a tough crowd at a comedy gig might seem positively terrifying. But that is exactly what happens at Bright Club, a monthly comedy event in London described by organisers as ‘the thinking person’s variety night’ – BBC

Thanks to  @jutaporndeer at Twitter for the photo
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