Te Pūkenga cuts speculation.
March 28, 2023
In the wake of ongoing media reports of imminent job cuts at Te Pūkenga, last week Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union sought an urgent meeting with Te Pūkenga Chief Executive Peter Winder and TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.
Since our request was sent, Te Pou Ahurei | National Secretary Sandra Grey has been in contact with both leaders in order to seek further clarity.
In a written response, Peter Winder reassured us that “there are no surprises in the business case and no change of direction with respect to the likely impact on kaimahi across Te Pūkenga.”
Grey says, “While these media reports do not contain any new information – we have known for over a year that changes were due to take place by the end of 2023 – the anxiety all TEU members feel about the future of their jobs is only exacerbated by leaks and grandstanding by opposition politicians.”
“In the May Budget, the government has an opportunity to properly invest in tertiary education this year – and in so doing ensure that Te Pūkenga does not fail for a lack of public funding.”
TEU will keep fighting for all jobs in the sector.