Ko San Rafael te māunga. Ko San Marcos te awa. Nō te Texas ahau. I tipu ake auki Midland. E noho ana au ki Manawatū.Ko Cat Pausé tōku ingoa. Ko tēnei taku mihi ki ngātangata whenua o te rohe nei. Kamihi hoki au ki ngā tohu o te rohe nei. Nōreira, tēnā koutou katou.
My name is Cat, and I am keen to serve an additional term as the University Academic Representative on Council. I have represented you on Council for the past two years, having served as the Women’s Vice-President for six years before that. I bring a strong voice to Council, advocating for the needs of University academics within our sector.
I believe in a publicly funded tertiary education sector. Universities are sites of knowledge production and are a public good. University programmes should be staffed by permanent faculty, with postgraduate students who are supported to engage in research and teaching. We know that precarious work is a problem in our sector, as are workloads.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi should be the guiding principle of our union, our sector, and all of Aotearoa. The TEU has grown in strength as we have adopted our new framework, Te Koeke, which guides our working practices and relationships. I am currently serving on the Te Tiriti Relationship Group and am actively working on the review and update of the Te Tiriti policy.
Staff and student voices should play active roles in the governance of our tertiary institutions. University Councils should allow for at least third of the representation on the Council to be filled by staff and an additional third to be filled by students. TEU
I have long been vocal about the importance of academic freedom and spoke to the need for Universities to be proactive in the role of supporting staff who may come “under fire” from trolls online at the Universities Forum at Victoria University in 2018. I will continue to push for protections for critics and conscience and believe the Union should play an instrumental role in that conversation.
I hope you will support me in this position. Kia kaha!