The Association of University Staff (AUS today welcomed the statement from the Associate Minister of Education
(Tertiary) Steve Maharey that more investment is needed in the university system.
Delegates to the AUS annual conference, being held in Wellington this week, were told by Mr. Maharey today that
additional funding, over and above that already proposed for targeted initiatives, was needed within in the sector but
said it would more likely come initially from a redistribution of existing resources.
Conference delegates said that while the Minister needed to ensure that additional funding was allocated for
universities in next year’s Budget, the $19 million that had not been spent in the private tertiary sector this year
could be immediately reallocated to universities. “This would show some genuine desire to resolve funding difficulties,”
said AUS National President Dr. Bill Rosenberg.
Mr. Maharey told the AUS conference that a number of new initiatives would focus on building capacity and assisting the
sector “to transition to the new tertiary environment”. He outlined details of a planned Review of the Tertiary
Education Workforce which will be conducted over 2004 and the first half of 2005; a Review of Quality designed to
enhance the quality of teaching and learning; and the proposed teaching performance element of the funding framework.
Mr. Maharey said he intended to work with stakeholders, including staff and students, to identify needs that the
tertiary education system, aligned with the Tertiary Education Strategy, will be required to meet in the future. He gave
several examples, such as the Canterbury Tertiary Alliance, where efficiencies within the system could “flourish and
contribute to an improved sector performance”.
In response to questions, Mr. Maharey said that the establishment and compliance costs would also reduce with the
on-going implementation of the Performance-based Research Fund.
For further information please contact
Dr Bill Rosenberg
National President, AUS
Phone (03) 364 2801 (work)
(03) 332 8525 (home)
021 680 475 (mobile)