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


COVID-19 Lockdown. Update for all TIASA Members

Kia ora whanau, Things have evolved rapidly over recent days and, TIASA strongly support the Prime Minister’s announcement and Government’s actions in moving to Level 4 from midnight tonight. We understand the anxiety that these unprecedented measures are causing and...

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COVID-19: Unscrupulous employers exploiting the crisis

Source: CTU The Council of Trade Unions is deeply concerned with reports of some employers behaving badly during the COVID-19 crisis. "Working people expect to be treated fairly at all times and especially in times of crisis. Some employers are behaving badly, others...

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Directors on the boards of subsidiary ITP’s are named

IST Establishment have announced of those who have agreed to serve as directors on the boards of subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP's) effective from 1st April 2020. See below links to media releases regarding to board of each ITP: Ara Institute...

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Governments COVID 19 economic package welcomed

Source: CTU The Council of Trade Unions is welcoming today's significant package as a first stage to support New Zealand working people and our economy as a result of COVID-19. "This package provides an immediate boost to get through these challenging times," CTU...

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Stephen Town named Chief Executive of NZIST

Tena koutou katoa The inaugural Chief Executive for the NZIST (working title)  is Stephen Town,  who has held several leadership roles including Chief Executive positions in the tertiary education  and  local government sectors.   Some may recall Stephen as Chief...

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