Uphold Democracy in University and Wānanga Councils

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Currently governing councils of tertiary institutions comprise of elected student representatives, elected academic and general staff representatives, ministerial appointees, the chief executive or vice-chancellor, and seats for employer and employee representatives in the area. However, under the government’s new law the tertiary minister will appoint three or four councillors and the rest of the council will be appointed (not elected) by the council itself.

The minister has a very poor record of appointing diverse representative councils. So far, he has appointed just one Māori out of his 30 appointments, and no Pasifika. Students have elected far more Māori onto councils than the minister has appointed. Women make up just 16% of the minister’s appointees, but they make up 46% of elected staff representatives.

The Ask:

WE WANT GOVERNING TERTIARY INSTITUTION COUNCILS TO SET ASIDE ONE THIRD OF ITS SEATS FOR PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT THE LOCAL UNIVERSITY COMMUNITIES.

  1. THEY NEED TO BE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED.
  2. AND THEY NEED TO BE INDEPENDENT OF THE MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT.

We're working with councils to make this happen, and we need your support.

“We need your help. We believe that councils want to do the right thing. We believe that university and wānanga leaders want to do the right thing. We just need to show them publicly that they have the support they need to stand up against the intent of the government’s new law.” - Sandra Grey, TEU President


YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO YOUR LOCAL UNIVERSITY OR WĀNANGA COUNCIL TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT USING THE FORM ON THE RIGHT.


ActionStation are proudly supporting and facilitating the email element of this community-led campaign. It is being run by NZUSA, The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union and Academic Freedom Aotearoa. Click here for more information on this campaign.