Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


TEU on University of Auckland

TEU Press release, University of Auckland, 25 November 2019

Members of Te Hautū Kahurangi at the University of Auckland just want a little respect and trust from their employer, and they’re willing to stand up together to achieve it.

Tertiary Education Union members met last week to decide where to go in their stalled collective negotiations.

Two matters are creating frustration.

The employer’s proposal of a complex, obscure, and unfair pay system for the people who look after the paperwork, the libraries, the safety of staff and students, the finances, and much more.

And the ongoing misinterpretation of academic freedom by their employer.

TEU co-branch president, Nicole Wallace, told the meeting that professional staff have really endured a lot during these past years.

“Ultimately, we’ve put up with it because we care about our jobs, and so we’ve put in the unpaid overtime to make sure that students’ thesis results are in in time for the next graduation or gone that extra mile so everyone in our team can meet the examination deadline.”

Wallace says the feeling from staff is that in return for this effort, we’ve been treated as if ours jobs aren’t really so important, that we aren’t really important.

“We’re not asking for the earth in these negotiations, just a fair, transparent, and objective pay system - something all workers deserve and many in our sector get.”

As well as being treated fairly, the members at the paid stopwork meeting want some respect back and that means being able to use their legislated academic freedom.

Co-president Jennifer Frost told the meeting that the small progress initially made on the issue of academic freedom had been wound back.

“Our collective agreement should reflect the right of staff and students to comment on all matters related to teaching and learning, including reviews and restructures. We want to keep working on this matter constructively with our employer as we strongly believe broader consultation and discussion are necessary to good decision-making.”

Some at the meeting felt that staff had less voice on campus, and less right to speak up, than controversial student groups.

The meeting agreed it was time to stand up collectively to send their employer a clear message – staff deserve better.

They’ll begin the actions in the first week of December and have vowed to keep going until they see a shift in the attitude of their employer.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>


Te Papa: New Chief Executive From Its Own Staff

Courtney Johnston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Te Papa. Ms Johnston will take up the role in December 2019. Since its founding, Te Papa has had a dual leadership model, and as Tumu Whakarae|Chief Executive, Johnston will share the leadership with Kaihautū Dr Arapata Hakiwai. More>>


Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>





  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland