Kia ora koutou katoa
My name is Rachel Bolstad and I am standing for the position of Non ITP/Uni Representative on National Council.
I am a senior researcher at The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) in Wellington, and have been a member of TEU for over 16 years.
Working at NZCER has enabled me to build a wide view on New Zealand’s education system and sector, and to establish relationships and connections with people from many different tertiary sector organisations. Day-to-day, my work is often focussed on education, learning, and teaching at pre-tertiary levels (primary and secondary schooling).
My professional and research work centres on the questions of how our education systems in Aotearoa New Zealand can be supported to respond collectively to make a positive difference for communities and society. Foremost amongst the significant challenges of our times, I am currently researching how education systems can collectively and systematically respond to climate change. What role can we play as a sector in ensuring a just and equitable transition to a low-emissions, sustainable future?
I see the values/whainga of TEU(below) providing a strong foundation for approaching the transitions we will need to make, and supporting our colleagues, students, and communities to build a socially just, equitable, and sustainable future.
Whainga –TEU Education Strategy Discussion Paper, 7 June 2019, p. 2
Tū kotahi, tū kaha: we are committed to actions which will leave no-one behind; and we create spaces where all people can fully participate.
Ngā piki, ngā heke: we work to minimise our impact on the environment; and we foster ahikā– the interrelationship of people and the land.
Awhi atu, awhi mai: we give and receive, acknowledging that reciprocity is fundamental to strong and equitable relationships.
Tātou, tātou e:we reach our goals through our collective strength and shared sense of purpose, which are supported through participatory democratic decision-making processes and structures.
I would be honoured to work alongside other TEU national council members on these and other matters of significance to our collective.