TEU – there’s a place for you

The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa is you, your colleagues and 10,000 members joining together for a strong voice and better jobs. Joining us is the first step in taking control of your working life – winning respect for your hard work.




Because we are stronger together

Together we are a stronger voice for all tertiary education workers and the important role we play for students and the wider community. We believe in working hard for the students in our institutions, and being respected and paid fairly for that work. We believe in a high quality, public education system that that gives everyone a chance, and helps to build strong communities. We are part of the New Zealand union movement and we believe in working people working together to make things fairer and better for everyone.

We have strength and credibility

TEU is for everybody who works in tertiary education, including universities, polytechnics, wānanga and private training institutions, REAPs and OTEPs. We are a democratic organisation and we stand up together for what we believe in.


For contact details, collective agreements and the latest news about your branch look for it on this list of polytechnics, universities, wānanga and other tertiary education institutions:


  • State of the Sector Survey

      Staff conditions of work are students’ conditions of learning. But year after year conditions of teaching, learning, and research have come under attack. Together we must turn this around!  Get the ...

  • Bold proposal puts people at the heart of vocational education

    Press release 13 February 2019 Bold proposal puts people at the heart of vocational education Staff can turn their attention to opening doors for students and communities with creative teaching, learning, and ...

  • VET reform – our voice matters

    Together we have made sure that students, iwi, communities, and staff are at the heart of bold changes proposed for the vocational education sector. And we need to keep working ...

  • Call for action against racism at the University of Auckland

    Tertiary Update – Vol 23 No 7 Police are investigating a series of racist messages posted on an unofficial University of Auckland social media page, as staff and students vow to continue fighting ...

  • Impact of insecure work being researched

    Massey School of Management doctoral researcher/assistant lecturer and TEU U35 Branch representative Zoë Port is undertaking research on non-standard workers and wellbeing. Research is scarce in New Zealand on non-standard workers who hold ...

  • SIT Branch President awarded Fulbright Scholarship

    TEU Branch President Southern Institute of Technology and tutor of Environment Management Anna Palliser has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research urban food security and food sovereignty. The Fulbright Scholarship will see ...

  • Speaking up for safer and kinder workplaces

    On Friday 17 May, TEU joined organisations around Aotearoa in celebrating Pink Shirt Day and those marking the International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia, and Transphobia, to call for an end to bullying ...

  • Cleaners the university’s ‘heartbeat’ and deserve a Living Wage

    Living Wage at Vic – a coalition of student, staff, and communities members – held its second Living Wage Day at Victoria University of Wellington on Wednesday, 22 May. Students, staff, and ...



Tertiary Education Union
PO Box 11-767
Wellington 6142





Kia ora! 

I’m Michael Gilchrist, president of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) for 2019-20.

Our union represents the interests of 10,000 people working in tertiary education. TEU is the main union in our sector. Our membership includes teachers and workers employed in all occupations in universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, wānanga, other tertiary education providers and allied organisations.

TEU members work together collectively to safeguard and enhance our industrial, professional and educational goals, including:

  • negotiating collective employment agreements so that you have the best possible pay and working conditions;
  • advising and representing you with employment-relationship problems;
  • monitoring and acting on issues that affect you in your workplace;
  • improving the quality of tertiary education in New Zealand;
  • developing specialist research and policy to promote the interests of tertiary education workers; and
  • safeguarding the rights of Māori members and meeting the union’s responsibilities to wider Māori communities through the promotion of and adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are a democratic union with strong membership participation and governed by an elected council.

TEU is the union for everybody who works in tertiary education. We are a democratic organisation and we stand up together for what we believe in.

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