TEU Goals

Developed by council and national committees

  • To defend and promote quality tertiary education – a sector which is publicly valued, funded, and owned; collegially governed; equitable; and founded on Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Advances objects 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 of the TEU Rules (refer to below)

  1. Lobbying
  2. Campaigning
  3. Media/communications
  4. Research projects
  • To maintain, and where possible, improve the pay and conditions of all TEU members, whilst retaining collective agreements

Advances object 3.4

  1. Education and mobilisation of members
  2. Campaigning
  • To increase TEU density and membership to 12,000 members as an initial step

Advances object 3.4

  1. Recruitment campaigns
  2. Incorporate recruitment into every activity of the union
  • To foster collegial, inclusive, and equitable workplaces

Advances object 3.4

  1. Reduce incident of bullying and harassment on all our worksites
  2. Promote appreciation of diversity and its value to workplaces
  • To enhance Te Tiriti partnership

Advances object 3.8

  1. Enhanced use of tikanga and te reo Māori at all levels of the TEU
  • To build our training and education capacity and create knowledgeable and informed members

Advances objects 3.2 and 3.15

  1. Promote education opportunities wherever possible and have a well-trained delegates’ network
  2. Have branch committees and national officers able to advocate the interests of the union

Objects (as per the TEU Rules)

The objects of the union shall include:

  1. the advancement of tertiary and further education, teaching and research and of education in general;
  2. the maintenance, promotion, and advancement of professional, teaching, and academic standards within Aotearoa New Zealand tertiary and further education and training institutions;
  3. the furthering and safeguarding of the interests of the members of the union in any way which seems to the union necessary or desirable;
  4. the promotion and protection of the interests of the members in appropriate cases including personal grievances, industrial disputes, or industrial matters;
  5. the furthering of the just concerns and rights of tertiary education staff, employees, and students and general participation in the activity of tertiary institutions and other agencies of education and training;
  6. the advancement of academic freedom;
  7. the advancement of all workers’ rights in society;
  8. the safeguarding of the rights of Māori members, te uepū, and the meeting of the union’s responsibilities to wider Māori communities through the promotion of and adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in particular by supporting Māori staff in achieving their objectives within the union, tertiary and further education and training institutions, the union movement, and the wider community;
  9. the commitment to and promotion of gender equity and equal employment opportunities for staff in tertiary and further education;
  10. the promotion of equal educational opportunities in further and tertiary education;
  11. the encouragement of good management and community governance in tertiary education institutions;
  12. the establishment, by affiliation and other methods, of closer relations between the tertiary and further education staff of Aotearoa New Zealand and those in other parts of the world;
  13. the establishment, by affiliation and other methods, of closer relations between the tertiary and further education staff of Aotearoa New Zealand and workers in other sectors or industries, nationally and internationally;
  14. affiliation, association, or cooperation with any other organisation having objects or interests similar to or associated with the objects of the union for the pursuit of any common objects or interests;
  15. the formulation and dissemination of the views of members by the holding of regular meetings of branches and by issuing such publications as are from time to time considered desirable;
  16. such other objects as are ancillary or related to the objects stated above.