Organising for gender equity is about drawing on our collective power held within our branches, structures and networks.

The TEU has a network of branch women’s representatives, a National Women’s Committee, and a paid National Women’s Officer, Te Pou Whirinaki, role to support these. Together we plan and run campaigns and events to encourage and support women’s participation as well as to address persistent gender inequalities within the tertiary education sector and more broadly.

Get in touch with Te Pou Whirinaki, the National Women’s Officer at


Te Kahurangi Māreikura, the National Women’s Committee

Te Kahurangi Māreikura, the National Women’s Committee, provides advice to the TEU Council and annual conference on issues of significance and/or concern to women, organises women members at national and local level, ensures that the union is representing the interests of women members in both professional and industrial spheres, and conducts national and local events for women members of the union.

Two actions you can take right now

  1. 1.

    Review your Branch Planning for the year. Using the information provided on this site about 'organising an event', identify if there opportunities for events for your women members on campus.

  2. 2.

    Find out if there are any other women's networks in your institution. Learn about what they do and how you and your women members might get involved. Let the national women's officer ( know about this group so it can be added to the website.

Our other TEU networks

  • Under 35

    U35 is a TEU network for our members who are Under 35. Young workers are the future of the union movement and our members are connected to a number of social movements. The strands of our young members are brought together in our network, with members from across the country.

  • Te Uepū

    TEU is committed to advancing the rights of Māori members, te uepū, and meeting of the union’s responsibilities to wider Māori communities. We do this through the promotion of and adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

  • Pasifika

    Tangata Pasifika Advisory Network

  • General Staff

    General/Allied/Professional Reference Group