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.

AKO Journal

Check out the latest from AKO including our special online Covid-19 edition and the Summer 2020 Language issue.

Read AKO here.

Tahia te Marae on-demand webinar series

The Tahia te Marae webinar series are now available to watch online. These sessions were part of our online Annual Conference earlier this year and explore a range of topics related to NZEI Te Riu Roa and education sector. 

Catch up on the webinar series now. 

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.   


Our campaigns

ECE Voice

Early childhood teachers so an incredibly important job. But their pay is up to 49% 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. 

Vote to add your voice here 

Teacher aide pay equity settlement

Support staff have voted to vary their collective agreement to include the teacher aide pay equity settlement.  

Find out more about the settlement here. 

Click here to apply for PLD for teacher aides. 

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


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.

Recent news and media

07 Nov 2020: Thousands of women in education sector to benefit from pay equity claims

As the Equal Pay Amendment Act comes into force, 10 pay equity claims affecting thousands of women across the education sector, including for all early childhood education teachers have been raised by their union, NZEI Te Riu Roa. Read More

29 Oct 2020: Teachers meet to discuss stretched primary schools

Primary teacher representatives across the country have begun two weeks of meetings to discuss pressing issues for schools – with extra staffing to meet the needs of children high on the agenda. Read More

05 Oct 2020: New Zealand teachers take part in global livestream for World Teachers' Day

New Zealand educators will take part in a 24-hour global livestream from 2pm today to celebrate UNESCO World Teachers' Day, including a video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Read More

30 Sep 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Government's wellbeing announcement for educators

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s commitment of additional counselling and advice services for educators in early learning services and schools, especially in the current Covid environment. Read More