Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 25, No 21

COVID-19 continues to be a harbinger of uncertainty in the tertiary education sector. At the forefront of current concerns is the safety of our members when students and staff return to campuses and classrooms in large numbers.

The government has introduced a new traffic light system that will come into effect once 90% vaccination is achieved. Public health measures are stipulated at each of the new levels and when at red, staff and the public are required to be fully vaccinated to attend many retail and workplace settings, including tertiary education campuses.

On vaccine mantades, Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union continues to advocate for the government and tertiary employers to follow public health advice and implement a consistent approach across the sector that keeps staff safe while avoiding loss of employment where possible.

We have written to Minister Hipkins asking him to work rapidly with TEU and institutional leaders “on an agreed risk assessment process for the tertiary education sector, and if necessary, put in place a Public Heath Order mandating vaccinations as staff and learners need consistency and certainty as an essential part of education.”

TEU is a democratic, member-led union. Our policies and positions are informed and decided upon by and in close consultation with branch presidents, national committees, and council.

You can read our full position paper on vaccination health and safety here.

Also in this update:

TEU Announces the launch of climate action network - ‘Tiakina Te Taiao’

Open Polytechnic – first accredited Living Wage employer in the tertiary education sector

Recognition Day for Wintec staff

Mental Wellbeing Offer from HealthCarePlus

Other Stories:

Pay gap akin to Pasifika working for free for the rest of 2021 – RNZ

Te Pūkenga bounces back from a COVID-hit 2020 – NBR

Research New Zealand are conducting a survey to determine key issues, challenges, and future focus for our diverse tertiary sector. Participate here – Research New Zealand

Auckland and Waikato universities to mandate vaccination for staff, students, and visitors – Stuff