Tertiary Update


New funding model needed

New funding model needed


Posted By on Apr 12, 2019

Tertiary Update – Vol 23 No 5 With the consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education now closed, the Government will be considering submissions made by Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) and over 1500 others. The TEU submission focuses on ensuring students get access to expert teachers and industry practitioners. But warns that the best laid plans for the future will not succeed unless the government steps up with...

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Two years ago news headlines highlighted the pressure staff in tertiary education were under to elevate grades, and it seems pressures are still high in the sector. Research being released on May Day will show that concerns around increased workload, academic freedom, and a decline in both staff and student wellbeing remaining as key issues impacting those in the sector. Key findings of the work by Drs Sarah Proctor Thomson and...

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This week saw New Zealand’s minimum wage increase and a new living wage rate announced. The new minimum wage rose from $16.50 to $17.70, in a step towards the Coalition Government’s commitment of a $20.00 minimum wage by 2021. The Government estimates up to 209,200 New Zealanders will benefit from this increase. The living wage rate for 2019 increased from $20.55 to $21.15. The 60 cent increase is in line with the average wage...

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The TEU supports the introduction of the Domestic Violence –Victims’ Protection Act which builds in to law protections and support for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence. The law change is an important step forward combating violence and improving the lives of individuals, and the wellbeing of whanau and communities, and something union members have been seeking for years. The Domestic Violence-Victims’ Protection Act...

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Staff at Whitireia and Weltec are making a stand for a quality vocational education system that places communities at its centre. The TEU maintains this can only be achieved if there is a strong plan that involves students, staff, and community. Staff at the two Wellington based institutions began their campaign earlier this week with a petition demanding that the Chief Executive use the knowledge and creativity of all staff. Their...

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Two weeks on, a day to remember

Two weeks on, a day to remember


Posted By on Mar 29, 2019

Tertiary Update – Vol 22 No 4 On 15 March 2019 at 1.32pm New Zealand changed forever. The murder of 50 people at mosques in Christchurch stunned us all. In the days that have followed we have gathered in our tens of thousands to mourn, to express our horror, and to try to make sense of the world. TEU National President Michael Gilchrist and National Secretary Sharn Riggs sent a letter to TEU members titled Day to Day Actions and Words...

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