Last week saw the 2019 Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union Branch Presidents’ Meeting held in Wellington over 6-7 November.

Guided by Te Koeke Tiriti, the TEU framework which guides our Tiriti o Waitangi relationships and behaviours, the overarching message and guiding whāinga of the 2019 Branch Presidents’ Meeting was awhi atu, awhi mai, which states,

Ka mahia e tātou ngā mea kia pai ake te oranga o te hunga pōhara; ka hoatu, ā, ka whiwhi tātou, ka hakaaetia he tūturu te mahi tauututu kia hakatupu whanaungatanga kaha, ā, taurite hoki; ā, ka mahi kia hakanui i ngā āhuatanga e taea te puta he mātauranga matua kounga, e wātea ana mō te katoa.

We take actions that seek to improve the lives of the most vulnerable; we give and receive, acknowledging that reciprocity is fundamental to strong and equitable relationships; and we work to advance approaches that ensure quality public tertiary education for all.

The two days of sessions saw Branch Presidents and TEU head office staff move from discussions on advancing our commitment to Te Koeke Tiriti, to furthering our industrial and professional goals; from group discussions on freedom of speech and kaupapa Māori, to a visit from a representative of the Mental Health foundation who led a discussion on working with members in crisis and promoting wellbeing; from a branch panel-led discussion on the factors critical for success within the union, to advancing our goal of improving pay and conditions.

There was even a short break to engage in direct action at parliament in support of ITPs facing staff cuts and to support the TEU oral submission to the Select Committee on the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill.

In this edition of Hau Taki Haere |Tertiary Update we spoke with Branch Presidents about some of the important issues and conversations held over the two days of meetings

Tō tātou uniana, tō mātou whakakitenga session

We spoke with Annie Barker, Branch President Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, The University of Waikato about Te Koeke Tiriti and importance of incorporating the framework in our interactions and ways we work.


TEU action at parliament

Louise Simpson, TEU Branch President WINTEC, shared with us some reflections on the importance of TEU action at parliament in support of our polytechs.


TEU oral submission to select committee

We spoke with Albert Fitisemanu, TEU Branch President MIT about the TEU oral submission to the Select Committee on the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill.


Session on mental health and wellbeing

Miriama Postlethwaite, Branch President Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi shared some thoughts following the session led by Jono Hartland of the Mental Health Foundation.


Success looks a bit like this…

Lois France, Branch President Toi Ohomai (Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane and Tokoroa) reflects on what success looks like for TEU, on showcasing what has worked well and the factors critical for success.


Awhi atu, awhi mai

We look at some of the issues and campaigns TEU Branch Presidents took time to recommit efforts to at the 2019 Branch Presidents’ Meeting.


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