Hau Taki Haere Tertiary Update Vol 24, No 17

TEU is pleased to announce members have voted Tina Smith as our Tumu Whakarae-National President for the 2021-22 term.

Tina Smith is senior lecturer of nursing at Te Pae Mātauranga Ki te Ao Universal College of Learning (UCOL) in Palmerston North, and has spent over 30 years working in the ITP sector.

Smith has been a member of the TEU branch committee for the last 14 years, served as branch president for six years, has been on the TEU Industrial and Professional Committee for four years, and has been the ITP sector academic representative on TEU’s National Council for the last four years.

Smith says as Tumu Whakarae-National President she will be a strong voice for the sector, supporting the role of academics in tackling the challenges New Zealand faces head-on, advancing the general staff manifesto, ensuring a just transition in NZIST for staff and students in the vocational education and training sector, and building upon all the TEU members have achieved together.

Smith says she is humbled and grateful on achieving this membership endorsement. She is also excited and energised by the announcement, and thanks the TEU membership for their confidence and support.

“I am looking forward to getting out to all the branches and meeting the wonderful people who make our sector dynamic and essential to all whānau, communities, and employers.

I will be listening to the issues members raised and working with them so that together we can make our tertiary sector is a place where learners can flourish and transform their lives, and staff enjoy working”.

Also in this update:

·        Candidates for TEU Vice-President positions

·        Introducing the Candidates for Vice-President Women -  Heather Vail and Jael Reiri

·        PBRF review lacks substantial change

·        What do we want? Time for political parties to step up

·        Ekea ngā kauhanga kō āwhiowhio

·        Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week

·        General Staff Day 2020 celebrated at campuses across Aotearoa

Other News:

Māori academics allege structural racism within Waikato University, seek to lay Treaty claim – One News

University of Waikato students concerned about future of the university for Māori – Te Ao

Serious Racism Allegations Require Proper Investigation - TEU

When Will NZIST Be On Track? - TEU

Crunch time for Victoria University's restructuring plans - RNZ