TEU’s annual conference was two days of mahi, debate, fun, and planning for130 TEU members and the staff who support them. So what was big on theconference floor?There was plenty of korero around the Tertiary Education Strategy with fiveMinistry of Education officials present to hear what TEU members want inthe next strategy. In one workshop Zac Roberts, University of Auckland,kicked off the conversations demanding that tertiary education study beaccessible to everyone who wants to undertake it. This vision of free andaccessible education was echoed by the Minister of Education in his speechand received rousing applause from delegates.Inclusiveness was a key theme across conference sessions and remits. Thiswas reflected in TEU inviting student association representatives toconference. Both staff and students at conference agreed that mental healthissues need greater focus.The student’s shared a video made to support those with mental health issues: “They say living with depression is like walking through mud,so we chuck on our gumboots to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters,whānau and friends struggling with mental health issues every day.”TEU member Vicky Young focused her comments on the conversations had atconference and the speech by the Minister of Education: “I’ve just arrivedhome after three days of representing Māori at the TEU conference, andhaving important discussions on education. Hon. Chris Hipkins , theMinister of Education was engaged with us, and listened. I see hope.” Ifyou missed the Minister’s speech you can still tune in.Much of the hope at the TEU conference centred on the memberships’ abilityto be visionary. Industrial and Professional Vice President, GeorgeTongariro was pleased that conference was future focused: “Unionism at itsbest highlights what we need in a future tertiary education sector.”Many of the conversations were around ensuring staff and student voice indecision-making – be it in our institutions or with the government. As AliLeota from the Pasifika Student Assocaiton put it: “If you’re not at thetable you’re on the menu.”And as Jill Millburn from Ara Aoraki says it was an “amazing conference.Going back more positive and with more tools to make a difference and havea voice.”TEU’s Māori vice president Susan Watene reflected the feeling of manyconference attendees in her final social media post: “Home from conferencetired but also invigorated. Great kaupapa being with like-minded TEUmembers.”