We are the 48,000+ principals, teachers, support staff and other education professionals who work in primary, area and secondary schools, early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services.

We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New Zealand’s largest education union, a Treaty-based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.

Primary and area school principals' paid union meetings

Paid union meetings for principals are running across Aotearoa for members to vote on the direction and priorities for their 2022 collective agreement renewal campaign.

Click here to see the meeting schedule

Ngā Aukaha All in for Tamariki

If a child requires support in order to thrive at school and in their early childhood education, they should receive it. Whether that support is provided by an external physiotherapist or a psychologist or an in-school or centre teacher or support staff, it should be available to our tamariki. Sign up now to tautoko the campaign calling for all tamariki to receive the support they deserve. 

Primary and area school teachers' paid union meetings

Paid union meetings for teachers are running for primary and area school teachers across Aotearoa. Worksite reps need to register and indicate how many members are attending. 
Teachers in the Wellington region should check their emails for updates to PUMs regarding Covid Alert Level changes. 

Click here to see the schedule


Our campaigns

ECE Voice

Early childhood teachers so an incredibly important job. But their pay is up to 31.8% behind kindergarten and primary with the same skills, qualifications and responsibilities. That's not OK. We believe every teacher is worth it and that the government needs to act now to fix the gap. 

If you agree, join your voice with ours and have your say. 

Sign up to add your voice here 

Te Ake Rautangi

Kōhanga Reo kaimahi bring incredible skills and experience to an important kaupapa for tamariki Māori, but right now many kaimahi aren't paid in a way that recognises their value and upholds their mana.   

Sign up now to tautoko the campaign.

Mana Taurite - Pay equity

The Pay Equity Amendment Act 2020 has opened up new opportunities across the education sector - find out about our 10 new pay equity claims to ensure the work of women is no longer undervalued! 

Learn more about the campaign

Find out about PLD for teacher aides


Get help

Contact our member advisory officers

Call us between 8.30am and 5.00pm on freephone 0800 693 443, or email nzei@nzei.org.nz for confidential advice.

NZEI Te Riu Roa Principals' Helpline
The Principals' Helpline, 0508principal (0508 7874 624 725) is managed by our Principal Support Officers and operates from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Recent news and media

20 Jul 2021: NZEI Te Riu Roa supports Kōhanga Reo push for Tohu Whakapakari qualification recognition

Education union NZEI Te Riu Roa has today announced it is backing Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust's campaign to have its three-year qualification, Tohu Whakapakari, recognised as a teaching qualification by the Ministry of Education and NZQA. Read More

07 Jul 2021: NZEI Te Riu Roa: More transformative action needed to fix severe teacher shortage in ECE

The union for early childhood teachers has welcomed a raft of Government changes this week to respond to the sector's severe teacher shortage - but says accelerating pay parity and undertaking significant structural reform remains urgent. Read More

01 Jul 2021: A $100K difference in pay over ten years - union says ECE pay parity needs to be accelerated

Early childhood education union NZEI Te Riu Roa says today's pay increase for ECE teachers on the minimum rates is not enough to stem a crisis in the sector. Read More

29 Jun 2021: ECE teachers welcome Parliament's next step toward pay parity

The union for ECE teachers, NZEI Te Riu Roa, is welcoming the Education and Workforce Select Committee's recommendation that Parliament approve legislative changes enabling the next steps toward pay parity for early childhood teachers. Read More