Unions and Students' Associations

Tertiary Education Union
The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU) (in Maori: Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa) is the main union in the tertiary education sector, and represents the interests of more than 10,000 workers employed sector across New Zealand. Its membership includes teachers and workers employed in all occupations in universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, wānanga, other tertiary education providers and allied organisations.

Student associations
There are a large number of student associations in New Zealand. The system of student associations operated on the basis of compulsory membership until 2012, after ACT MP Heather Roy's voluntary student membership bill was passed in 2011.

A large number belong to the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations (NZUSA). The parallel overarching student association for Māori is Te Mana Ākonga, the National Māori Students' Association.

Most universities have a student association, and some have additional Māori and Pacific student associations which generally work in parallel with the main association.

Other nationwide student bodies
In addition to the main students' associations at each institution, there are also an number of other student bodies, which include:

Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA)
Every Nation Campus Ministries (ENCM)
Student Life New Zealand (Christian students' association)
Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship
UniQ (association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, takataapui and intersex students)
University Sport New Zealand
New Zealand Law Students' Association (NZLSA)
Student Job Search (SJS)
New Zealand Medical Students' Association (NZMSA)