Hau Taki Haere Tertiary Update Vol 24, No 14

TEU is a member-led organisation. Participatory democracy is a cornerstone of all we do. This means ensuring members get reports on how we are going and what we are planning to do next.

On Tuesday 21 July Te Hautū Kahurangi | New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU)  welcomed members to our Facebook page for a live presentation of our annual address to members and to introduce the TEU Annual Report 2020.

Te Tumu Whakarae-National President Michael Gilchrist addressed members on the challenges that lie ahead for our union over the next year. Gilchrist praised the work that has continued by members and staff under the stressful and demanding impact of Covid-19, citing significantly increased workloads, concerns for staff welfare and decreased job security throughout the sector.

According to Gilchrist there are two main challenges that lie before TEU over the coming year which are bound together and must be approached as such;

“First, we will need to fight to defeat short-sighted proposals to cut the range of courses on offer, particularly in the universities. Second, we must promote the retaining, re-training and re-deployment of staff to a new level as demand from local students and local communities both increases in scale and shifts radically in focus, reinforced by financial incentives from the Government.”

Gilchrist continued, “We will keep arguing for a more collaborative, sector-wide response to these challenges. We will keep the pressure on to squeeze out competitive, market-oriented models of tertiary education. And above all, we will keep our eyes on the prize: an equitable, accessible, fully public tertiary education system and the social, economic and cultural well-being it creates.”

TEU National Secretary Sandra Grey then introduced our TEU Annual Report 2020 for the fourteen months since our last annual conference in May 2019. Grey spoke of the highs and lows over the year that has been, and the significant changes forced upon the tertiary education sector and all parts of Aotearoa New Zealand as part of the necessary response of Covid-19, but stressed the need to celebrate all we have achieved in union.

Grey spoke of the change in the direction of the tertiary education sector overall, stating:

“We’ve won a commitment to end the market competition which has created havoc for our polytechnics – actually, havoc for all parts of the tertiary education sector. Our voice has been clear – education is not a business.”

Grey continued, “By standing together we have made the Government commit to a review of the funding model for tertiary education institutions – and there is a clear sense that the model will include baseline funding that meets the actual cost of running universities, wānanga, and polytechnics.”

Please check out more details of how we’ve worked together since May 2019 in our TEU Annual Report 2020. If you want a printed copy to celebrate all we’ve done together get in touch at teu@teu.ac.nz

You can watch the 2020 TEU Annual Report Address here.

Also in this update:

TEU meets with NZIST Deputy Chief Executive Alex Cabrera

Government’s Latest International Strategy Disappointing

TEU Pulse Survey to capture impact of Covid-19 on staff

Tutors at Literacy Aotearoa Charitable Trust stronger together

TEU nominations for Tumu Whakarae National President

Te ’Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani / Cook Islands Language Week

Other stories:

Impact of Covid-19 felt across the board in Tertiary Education - TEU

Impact of Covid-19 on Tertiary Students’ - NZUSA

'Difficult situation' - Foreign students may have to stay over summer holidays - Stuff

Tertiary sector to feel effects of Covid for years to come - Newsroom

Ka Hikitia - Ka Hāpaitia (the Māori Education Strategy) - MOE

Universities want detail on student quarantine requirements - RNZ

Covid 19 coronavirus: Redundancy notices start for workers on wage subsidy – NZ Herald