The Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA Te Hononga) is the professional association and union for allied (non-teaching/general) staff across the New Zealand tertiary education sector. If you work in an allied staff role at any level then TIASA is for you!




Message from the President

Kia ora, Haere mai nau mai – Greetings, and Welcome to TIASA Te Hononga!  We are an excellent choice!  TIASA is the only specialist professional union for allied staff across the NZ tertiary education sector.   From universities, wananga, institutes of technology, polytechnics, private training establishments and other such organisations, allied staff are everywhere and so is TIASA.

Working together we provide a powerful and expert professional voice for allied staff everywhere, no matter how labelled – professional, general, support staff, or other titles.  Formed just on 50 years ago, we are a very active, inclusive and highly effective representative for allied staff.   Our success rate is second to none and we set the standard for fairer pay, recognition and employment conditions across the whole of the sector.  Allied staff are the firm foundation on which the entire sector is built, but too often go under recognised and undervalued.  TIASA’s role is to ensure to the very best of our ability the true worth of the thousands of staff whose work is not teaching delivery, but is just as valuable. We work tirelessly to ensure allied staff everywhere are recognised as truly equal partners and contributors to the success on any measure of our country’s tertiary education system, students, and institutions.

We are a youthful, lively, highly respected and innovative union, constantly looking forward whilst also safeguarding gains made over the many years of our existence.    Our work includes negotiation of the best possible pay and working conditions, expert advice and representation with any employment issues affecting you, and constructive engagement on your behalf with leaders at all levels including government and other key decision makers.  The vast majority of our sector’s allied staff belong to TIASA, giving us strength and influence.  Every new member joining TIASA adds to that strength and influence.  We warmly welcome you to TIASA, your specialist voice for all aspects of your employment and future in the changing NZ tertiary education sector.

Shelley Weir
National President


Minimum wage increases to $20

Minimum wage increases to $20

  Source: CTU -- The Council of Trade Unions is welcoming the introduction of the new legal minimum wage of $20 per hour from 1 April 2021. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said, "it’s important that the $20 minimum wage has finally become a reality. "Over 170,000...

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Union movement welcomes $20 minimum wage

Source: CTU -- Working people are pleased that the minimum wage will increase to $20 per hour from 1 April 2021. An increase of $1.10 from the current minimum wage of $18.90. "Increasing the minimum wage to $20 was a promise that Labour made in 2017. The minimum wage...

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Source: CTU -- The Council of Trade Unions is pleased that the Government has fulfilled an election promise to provide for better employment protections for security guards. "Past experience has shown that security guards are a vulnerable workforce susceptible to...

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“Declaring a climate emergency is more than a symbolic act. New Zealand’s leadership in acknowledging the grave reality of climate change sets a global path of hope for our people and our planet.” Richard Wagstaff. Read more:...

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Source: CTU -- November 19 marks the 10th anniversary of Pike River Mine disaster when 29 men were killed at work in the mine. No no-one has ever been held to account for the deaths. "Ten years on from Pike - a preventable workplace catastrophe - things have changed,...

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Source: CTU -- The Council of Trade Unions, on behalf of all working people welcomes Michael Wood as Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety. "Minister Wood comes to this role with a depth and breadth of experience as a union organiser. He knows first hand the...

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Source: CTU -- The Council of Trade Unions is welcoming the Labour Party’s well thought out, and fully costed, fiscal plan. CTU President Richard Wagstaff comments "It is pleasing to see an allowance to accommodate living wage changes for people working as contractors...

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