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.

Te Ake Rautangi

Kōhanga Reo kaimahi bring incredible skills and experience to an important kaupapa for tamariki Māori.  Tautoko this whakahau in support of Kōhanga Reo kaimahi - let's make sure kaiako get paid what they are worth!

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Annual Meeting 2020 - Hui-Ā-Tau

Annual meeting is taking place online this year on 27 September.

Teacher aide pay equity settlement

Support staff have voted to vary their collective agreement. NZEI Te Riu Roa are holding paid union meetings for teacher aides between 13 July-20 August 2020.

See the schedule here.

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 

Support Staff Making a Difference

Teacher aides, admin, other support staff and kaiārahi i te Reo have voted to accept their collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education, with the Living Wage of $21.15 as the new minimum pay rate. 

Find out about the settlement here. 


Mana Taurite - Pay equity

Work is still progressing on our early childhood teachers, kaiārahi i te reo and administration claims. 
Keep an eye out here for updates on our pay equity claims. 

Learn more about the campaign

Find out about the teacher aide settlement


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

04 Jul 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa launches Kōhanga Reo fair pay campaign

Today NZEI Te Riu Roa is launching Te Ake Rautangi, a new whakahau calling for the mana of Kōhanga Reo kaimahi to be upheld by ensuring all kaimahi are paid fairly. Read More

03 Jul 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes funding for students and education workforce after COVID-19 lockdown

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s funding announcement to support schools and early learning services as they face lower attendance rates after the Covid-19 lockdown. Read More

03 Jul 2020: Second largest ECE employer backs down on unlawful contract

Early childhood teachers were celebrating last night following news the country's second largest early childhood education employer has backed down on a new contract that would have cut its teachers' hours in half. Read More

30 Jun 2020: Concern funding for teacher pay going towards maintenance and corporate profit

NZEI Te Riu Roa is concerned public funding earmarked for much needed pay increases for early childhood teachers may instead be going towards maintenance and private corporations’ bottom lines. Read More