Voices from Tertiary Education


In early March, staff, students, business, industry trainers, sector leaders and policy makers will come together to discuss the future of tertiary education at two forums.

Vocational education and training will be the subject of the first forum taking place on 1 March. The following week, on 9 March, the future of our universities will come under the spotlight.

Ahead of the forums, the Voices from Tertiary Education Project will feature blog pieces from some of the thinkers participating in the forums covering what they think are the key issues facing tertiary education.

We hope these blogs will start a conversation about what we want tertiary education to look like in the future. You can take part in the kōrero by commenting on the posts, sharing them on social media and sending us your own ideas for a future blog post.

  • RIP performance-linked funding

    Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 20 For years union members have worked together to change the way the tertiary education sector is funded. Earlier this week, the government agreed with what students ...

  • At our wits end

    Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, shares some of her experience talking with staff about what the failed market experiment in tertiary education has meant for people’s ...

  • MPs must step up and increase staff representation

    MPs will soon debate student and staff representation on tertiary education institution councils and they must give at least two seats to both students and staff, the Tertiary Education Union said. Chris ...

  • The importance of teaching Tongan youth

    Mālō e lelei! It is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week. Here Dr Sione Vaka, Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT talks about his ...

  • My Tongan Story

    Mālō e lelei! It is Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week. Here Lillien Skudder from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work talks about her ...