Academic freedom in Te Pūkenga.

Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union has issued an advisory on academic freedom in Te Pūkenga in the wake of confusion caused by conflicting communications on ‘political neutrality’ from Chief Executive Peter Winder.

TEU made its position clear in an email to members a fortnight ago, but moved to clarify further last week.

In the email, Te Pou Ahurei | National Secretary Sandra Grey told members “this is more than just a question of academic freedom, this is a matter of your right as a citizen to participate in democracy whether you are an academic or an allied/general staff member. All TEU members have the right to join and be active in a political party and share your political views publicly like any other citizen of Aotearoa.”

This applies no matter which part of the tertiary education sector you work in.

The full advisory can be read here.