“The need for a new funding model and interim measures to keep tertiary education institutions that belong to communities operating is well known. And we're not going to let up until the Government ‘shows us the money’”, says TEU’s National President.

TEU members are taking actions across Aotearoa on Black Friday, 13 March, to demand that the government gets polytechnics back into the black.

Michael Gilchrist, Te Tumu Whakarae of Te Hautū Kahurangi | NZ Tertiary Education Union says the tutors, support staff, technicians, administrators, lecturers and all staff in the polytechnic sector know what’s at stake – access to education.

“They don’t want to watch as more courses are cut and more hopes dashed before a new, unified vocational education and training network for New Zealand is able to soar. That’s why they’re leading a day of action from Invercargill to Auckland.”

On the eve of the most significant public sector reform in a couple of decades, a reform promising inclusive, accessible vocational education, the government still hasn’t put the money on the table.

If we’re going to ensure all New Zealanders get great educational experiences through NZIST which begins operating on 1 April, we must have the public behind it.  

“We all benefit from vocational education and training every day. We benefit from having trained nurses, plumbers, technicians, architects, early childhood workers, and much more – so we need to make sure we find and fund better ways to support their training.”

The Minister wants us to be behind his vision and in the past has commented on how he needs the support of staff, says Gilchrist.

“Well Minister, the staff are again saying give them some certainty that there’ll be enough money to make the vision a reality. Enough money to ensure all communities do have access to quality vocational training and to make sure staff have the capacity to help create the new world.”

Media contacts

Michael Gilchrist, TEU National President, 027 899 4256

Sharn Riggs, TEU National Secretary, 027 443 8768

TEU BLACK FRIDAY EVENTS

UNITEC Waitakere 12:00pm Outside Cafe

Main Campus 11:00am Bldg 180 - Te Puna

MIT 12:00pm NQ104

WINTEC City Hub 10:00am The Hub

Rotokauri 12:00pm The Hub

Toi-Ohomai Tauranga 12:00pm Room A.01

Rotorua 10:30am Cafe area

WITT 12:00pm Marae/Forecourt in front of Te Piere

UCOL Palmerston North 12:00pm Atrium

Wanganui 12:00pm Atrium

Masterton 12:00pm The Hub

EIT Tairawhiti 12:00pm The Hub

OPNZ 10:00am Open Poly Cafe

Weltec 11:00am Petone Cafe

Whitireia 12:00pm Outside Staff Cafe

NMIT 12:30pm In front of Student Centre

Ara Madras St 10:30am Cafe X

Sullivan Ave 12:00pm Staffroom

Timaru 12:00pm Staffroom

TPP 12:00pm Staffroom

Otago Poly 12:00pm The Hub

SIT Invercargill 12:15pm The Cafe

Telford 10:00am Staffroom

MAINZ AKL 10:00am Staffroom