The role of TEI councils

The role of TEI councils

Last updated 9 November 2016
Last updated 11/09/2016

This page sets out the functions and duties of tertiary education institution (TEI) councils.

The functions of TEI councils

Section 180 of the Education Act 1989 sets out the functions of TEI councils.

These are to:

  • appoint a Chief Executive in accordance with the State Sector Act 1988 and to monitor and evaluate his or her performance
  • prepare and submit a proposed plan if the institution is seeking funding under a funding mechanism that provides for funding via plans 
  • if the institution has a plan: 
    • ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with that plan; and
    • determine policies to implement that plan 
    • determine, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs
  • undertake planning relating to the institution’s long-term strategic direction.

Section 180 of the Education Act 1989
State Sector Act 1988

Duties of TEI councils

Section 181 of the Act provides that it is the duty of each TEI council, in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers, to:

  • strive to ensure that the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research 
  • acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by the institution so as to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities with particular emphasis on groups in those communities that are under-represented among the students of the institution 
  • ensure that the institution does not discriminate unfairly against any person 
  • ensure that the institution operates in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the institution’s long-term viability 
  • ensure that proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern are maintained for: 
    • the public interest, and 
    • the wellbeing of students attending the institution.

Section 181 of the Act