As a community we will do our bit to unite, be kind, and be strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the core values of our union – tū kotahi, tū kaha; awhi atu, awhi mai; ngā piki, ngā heke; tātou, tātou e – underpinning all our mahi and a necessary step at this stage.

We will keep things going at TEU but it’s going to be a new way of working for us all – awhi atu, awhi mai: reciprocity is fundamental to strong and equitable relationships.

All TEU staff will be working from home, this means you’ll get to meet them in zoom-rooms, by phone, through discussion lists, or by emai l– ngā piki, ngā heke: we endure through good times and bad. What you won’t begetting is face-to-face meetings with the staff of the union or our wonderful branch and national reps.

We’ll be regularly updating you all on what’s happening around Aotearoa in institutions; provide spaces to chat and engage; and, ways to ensure that everyone’s health and well being is looked after. The updates will be via our website unless the government issues new guidelines.

Today wesent a letter to all your employers asking for their help to ensure:

1.      ongoing employment for all staff;

2.      workloads are in check; and,

3.      where possible, working together to ensure continuity for students.

We will repeat againto all institutions that any measures adopted in response to COVID-19 are temporaryonly e.g. online teaching, changes to library and administrative duties, approaches to pastoral care.

Please make sure you contact us if there are any issues, concerns, or questions on 0800 278-348 or

TEU’s staff and reps are working hard to make sure our membership is supported at this time. The fact that we can’t meet face-to-face may be hard, but we’ll make sure your voices continue to be heard, your personal cases dealt with, and our union values upheld

For branches where negotiations are underway or due to start, your organiser will contact you about a plan to request employers to agree to put the bargaining process on hold during the next four weeks (if notlonger).

Tū kotahi, tū kaha, tātou, tātou e: stand unity, stand strong, all of us together!

Ngā mihi,

Michael Gilchrist, National President

Sharn Riggs, National Secretary