Our Union: Tū kotahi, tū kaha.

We are a movement of people working collectively to defend and promote quality public tertiary education that is accessible to all. We work together to address a wide range of issues affecting staff because our conditions of work are students’ conditions of learning.

We want:


A tertiary education system that is founded on an active Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationship; and is publicly valued, funded, and owned; collegially governed and equitable.


Access to tertiary education for all New Zealanders through a range of delivery options that meet the needs of communities and learners.


Equitable access to quality lifelong learning opportunities for all New Zealanders, no matter where they live or what their starting point is.


Students, staff and the community voice in all decisions about how institutions are run.


Working conditions and pay that reflect the time, energy and skills we put into our jobs.

Together, we have already achieved so much.

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Our people.

TEU is a democratically organised union with representatives elected nationally and locally.

Our annual conference, council, and national committees lead the national work-plan; our branches lead activism locally; and our networks – U35, Te Uepū, Rainbow, Womens, and Pasifika – ensure strong representation across our union.

Our highly trained staff in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin regularly visit every site, lead our collective agreement negotiations, and support members as required.

Our foundations.

TEU is committed to advancing strong Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationships that will leave no-one behind; create spaces where all people can fully participate, are fairly represented, and that foster good relationships between people.

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