Tina Smith - Elected Candidate

Tina Smith - Elected Candidate
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I am standing for National President because I am passionate about the work and achievements of our union. I have always belonged to a union and my personal values align with the TEU’s commitments to equity, diversity and to working in a Te Koeke Tiriti partnership framework.

I am active at both the branch and national level. I have been a member of the branch committee for the last 14 years, served as branch president for six years, and have taken up the women’s and health & safety representative roles. I have been part of our CEA bargaining five times. Nationally,
I have served on the Industrial and Professional Committee for four years and have been the ITP sector academic representative on TEU’s National Council for the last four years.

I have been an educator and lecturer in nursing for over 30 years at UCOL in Palmerston North. I care passionately about student success and quality standards and understand the pressures and demands of teaching and research. I believe that the holistic wellbeing of staff and students should
be paramount. I value and respect the work, skills and contribution of general staff who are essential to public tertiary education. Like many, I have lived through increasing managerialism and financial constraints. I have experienced the tough workloads, high expectations and the need to
keep up to date with research.

The ITP sector, in particular, faces enormous change as the 16 polytechnics (ITPs) and the ITOs transition to become one entity under NZIST. I know and understand the sector well and have been an active advocate for this part of the sector for over eight years. But I am also a graduate of both
Massey and Victoria Universities, and I understand the need for academic freedom, quality standards and funding to ensure universities maintain their international reputations.

In addition to this solid grounding in education and experience with TEU, I bring strong people skills to the role of National President. I have the interpersonal skills necessary to forge positive relationships and build strong teams. I believe we need to be both political and strategic to get the
best outcomes for the tertiary sector. As TEU members we need a work environment that enables us to do a great job. My job as President will be to listen and to understand any barriers that prevent that and then to go to work with you and on your behalf, so that you can get on with your
job. I will advocate relentlessly for our sector, for accessible, publicly funded tertiary education. I will be a clear communicator and keep members engaged, excited and well informed.

As the world faces the challenges of COVID 19, education must be respected and funded to be the cornerstone of rebuilding New Zealand and a better future. I stand for National President to be your strong voice.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.