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Trade Union Education Authority records.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-2015/24

Scope and Contents

Collection comprises records from the Trade Union Education Authority (TUEA) Auckland regional office, including office administration files, seminars, teaching materials, publications and topic files. Nora Rameka, national TUEA Māori and Pacific co-ordinator, was based in the Auckland office and her records are organised as a separate series in the collection. Records were removed from Auckland office when it was closed in 1992.


  • 1986 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

The Trade Union Education Authority (TUEA) was established by the fourth Labour government in July 1986. TUEA offered education and training for workers, with paid leave provision of up to five days of education per year. Seven regional TUEA offices were established along with a national office in Wellington. TUEA was disestablished by the subsequent National government in 1992. During its existence, TUEA provided 150,000 participant days of approved education to New Zealand workers. For many participants, this was their first experience of post-secondary education.

Reference: Law, M. (1997). The TUEA experiment: Trade union education in New Zealand 1986-1992. Crossing borders, breaking boundaries: Research in the education of adults, 275-279.


11 metres

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Physical Location

In off-site storage. Expect delay of 12-24 hours from time of order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Assoc-Prof Marie Wilson, Department of Mangement and Employment Relations, School of Business and Economics in December 1999. Second donation was received in March 2000 from Gay Simpkin.

Related Materials

Associated materials: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. Auckland District Council. Records 1987-1995 (MSS & Archives 97/11); Auckland Trades and Labour Council. Minutebook 1929-37 (MSS & Archives D-30); Auckland Trades Council. Records 1937-38 (MSS & Archives 97/10).

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand