5 tertiary jobs lost in Dunedin

The Tertiary Education Commission has announced its Dunedin branch will close in June.

FIve staff members will be affected by the decision.

Last week, the commission said several regional offices around the country would close.

Offices in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Palmerston North, Nelson and Dunedin would be consolidated in Whangarei Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The commission’s media team confirmed on Tuesday that five jobs in Dunedin would be affected by the change, and services would be operating from Christchurch by the end of June.

It is understood the jobs affected in Dunedin included career advisers. 

Each year the commission funnels nearly  $2.8 billion into tertiary education, including universities and polytechnics, provides career information, and provides advice on tertiary education back to the Government. 

Commission chief executive Tim Fowler said in a statement key changes to the commission would include the creation of three new directorates, including a learner success team with a focus on lifting Maori and Pasifika achievement.

"We know we must work harder to achieve better outcomes for Maori and Pasifika learners, build better relationships with business and industry, and exercise more influence over the tertiary education system to improve its overall performance."

PSA Union secretary Erin Polaczuk said earlier this year the Labour government had pledged to strengthen New Zealand’s regional economies by strengthen our regional economies by basing more public services in smaller cities.

Proposed changes to the commission "could do the exact opposite’’.

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