Louise MacKenzie : Personal Statement
To support my nomination as Academic Representative to the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) National Women’s Committee, for the 2021/2022 session.
My name is Louise MacKenzie and I am currently a Senior lecturer with the School of Business at EIT in the Hawke’s Bay. I have been here since August 2016, after moving up from Dunedin.
I am older rather than younger, and last year graduated from my latest round of post-graduate study.
I am good at organising and am very logical, which means I can spot when t’s are not crossed and i’s are not dotted. I can read between the lines, and believe strongly in fairness and equity.
Initially from a corporate sector background, apart from a break for 2½ years (March 2014 – August 2016) I have worked as an academic in the tertiary sector (both University and Polytechnic) since 2002. Immediately prior to that I taught in the secondary sector for six years. I am a CA member of CAANZ and also a member of CPA (NZ). I have both committee and working party experience, both at a local level and at a higher level. I also have current TEU committee experience at both national and branch level.
I have always been a union member and I now consider myself a very active member of the TEU. I have been the EIT TEU Vice-President (VP) and EIT TEU Women’s Representative (WR) since mid-2017. At the end of 2017 I became an academic member of the TEU National Women’s Committee (NWC).
I am extremely driven to continue working as part of the larger collective to help and support our members in what can only be termed ‘interesting times’, in particular helping and supporting our women members. The one thing I noticed after coming back into the tertiary industry after a 2½ year gap is that staff, particularly women, are more stressed and overworked. Women in the tertiary sector, now more than ever before, are needing support in terms of ensuring they can access their Collective rights, and support terms of ensuring equity and fairness.
I am both privileged and saddened when female colleagues come to talk over their situations and tell me their work stories, and ask for help. The TEU have their place as champion in terms of negotiating and bargaining workload issues, and incorrect work practices, not just for me but for my colleagues as well.
I would like very much to continue to have the opportunity to use my accumulated skills and knowledge to strengthen ‘the voice’, to make a contribution, but mainly to ‘give back’ as an academic member of the TEU National Women’s Committee for the 2021/2022 session.