Summer of discontent looms

for undervalued university staff

OPINION: On paper, the grand Auckland institution seems in rude health, boasting a $133 million surplus last year. In the last 10 years it spent $1.5 billion on property development. The boss earns some $280,000​ more than the prime minister – an eye-watering $755,000.

Welcome to the University of Auckland, our largest research organisation, home to more than 13,000 staff and postgraduate students who generate “around $230m in annual research revenue”​, according to the university’s website. These workers include “33% of the top-rated researchers in the whole country”​.

But despite a surge in enrolments and an enviable bottom line, all is not well at New Zealand’s largest research organisation – or any of the country’s seven other universities.

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