ELECTION: REAP/OTEP/PTE rep on Industrial and Professional Committee

Posted By TEU on Oct 30, 2012 |

There are two candidates standing for the one position of  REAP/OTEP/PTE rep on the Industrial and Professional Committee.

Below is information about each of the two candidates, and an explanation of how the vote will take place

At the bottom of this page is a comment section where you can ask the candidates questions, as well as read their answers to questions that other people have asked them.

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Rikke Betts

Rikke Betts

Te Tari Puna Ora

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Rikke Harreby Betts ahau

No Denmark ahau.

He kaiako i te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa.

No reira ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou, tēnā tātou katoa

Kia ora koutou,

I have a strong commitment to raising the profile and professional status of early childhood education from early childhood level right through to tertiary education and into the public sphere. I am advocating for equal opportunities and access to early childhood education for our leaders of tomorrow through teaching and learning at ITE level.

I am currently the Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa staff representative on the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee and on the Promotions Working Group for Senior Lecturer/Pouako.

In my previous employment I was the staff representative for NZEI Te Riu Roa New Zealand Educational Institute for five years.  During this time as the union representative I was involved in contract negotiations and supporting colleagues in disputes. 

Nāku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi


Med venlig hilsen

Rikke H. Betts

Vanessa Kupenga

Vanessa Kupenga

REAP Tairāwhiti

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata

He tangata

He tangata

The importance to maintain fluidity between family, environment and economic capacity is entrenched within traditional Maori whanau structures that include affiliations to waka, hapu, marae, whanau, and tangata. Just as these holistic constructs embrace the individual in totality, the responsibility to maintain and contribute to society is also expected.

Yes It is people,

It is people,

It is people,

Who are most valued.

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa,

My name is Vanessa Kupenga and I have been employed by Tairawhiti REAP for 7 years to deliver, facilitate and design education programmes that are relevant, culturally responsive and progressive to the communities within the Tairawhiti region. As such we provide wrap around education support to ECE/ Kohanga reo, schools, whanau, hapu, Iwi and the community to ameliorate the disadvantages associated with isolation, rural location and a low socio-economic status which are major impediments to access and/or participation in formal learning.

As we work largely with second chance learners who for a variety of reasons have disengaged with formal education our core focus is to respond directly to their education needs in the many contexts and environments they participate in. Examples of these include positive parenting sessions with parents, Te Whariki development and governance and management support with ECE/ Kohanga reo, leadership based learning programmes for our youth, and hapu development through marae sustainability initiatives. As success through achievement of identified learning needs is attained our communities are strengthened and the learner is empowered to consider future formal education pathways.

As REAP works predominantly at a grass roots level within isolated, rurally located and low socio-economic communities we believe we have a unique and specific perspective that can guide, inform and add value to our national TEU development. During our recent TEU REAP regional hui hosted by our TEU president Sandra Grey this discussion lead to my nomination by our branch to seek a position on the Industrial and Professional Committee. As committed union members to ASTE previously and now TEU we agree that it is timely to put forward representation of REAP to contribute to the future priorities of TEU.

Within the current political environment in which our rural communities are being severely disadvantaged, I welcome the opportunity to work alongside the TEU whanau through the Industrial and Professional committee to ensure our rural conditions are understood within the TEU directives into the future.

Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Nukutaememeha te waka

Ko Ngati Porou te iwi

Ko Te Aowera te hapu

He uri ahau no te whanau Haereroa raua ko te whanau Kupenga

Ko Vanessa Te Ata Kura Kupenga e mihi atu ra

Mauri ora

Vanessa Kupenga, DIP Primary School Teaching, BMed



  • All financial TEU members who work at a REAP, OTEP or PTE are eligible to vote.
  • The election opens on Thursday 1 November and closes at 5pm Friday 9 November.
  • If we have your email address in our database you will receive an email from us with an unique link to the on-line ballot.
  • If we do not have your email address we will post you a paper ballot.
  • If you have not received a ballot paper by email or post by Tuesday 6 November, or you are having trouble voting you should contact Susannah Muirhead at TEU’s national office; 0800 278348 or 04 801 4795.
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