Women


On 6 October Māori women effectively started working for free until 2019, because of the gender pay imbalance compared with the pay of men. Per hour of work, Māori women on average receive $24.26, compared with the $31.82 received by Kiwi men. That’s a gender pay imbalance of 23.76% – and it’s even worse compared with Pākehā men, who earn on average $33.59 an hour, an imbalance of 27.78%. In just 279 days, the average Kiwi man has...

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To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Tertiary Education Union is calling on all tertiary institutions to make student and staff wellbeing a priority. Last year the TEU published its second state of the sector report, revealing a serious drop in staff wellbeing over the last decade. The latest set of results will be published in a third state of the sector report next year, and early analysis suggests staff wellbeing is getting...

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MPs voted last night to put into law a requirement that people experiencing family violence get support at work. The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill passed in Parliament last night, 63 votes to 57, with only National and ACT voting against it. National supported the bill at first reading – with many of its MPs saying during the debate how proud they were to be backing it. But they later withdrew their support. The...

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A new government-backed campaign has been launched to help eliminate family and sexual violence, and suicidal behaviour among Pasifika young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Atu-Mai violence prevention programme has been developed to equip Pasifika young people and their families with the knowledge and tools to live violence-free. It takes an educational and skills-based approach to behavioural change across generations, and to...

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The Tertiary Education Union is gathering ideas to present to the Prime Minister as part of her national kōrero on the future of education. The Prime Minister said Kōrero Mātauranga was the first step in finding out what students, staff, children, young people and their parents want the education system to look like over the next 30 years. Jacinda Ardern added that if the government is going to improve education to meet the needs of...

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Members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) have told MPs they welcome government plans to change employment law. In a submission to the Education and Workforce Select Committee, the TEU said proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Agreement Act were a first step in addressing the imbalance between working people and employers. The changes, the TEU said, will also reverse the poor policy and legislative decisions by the...

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