We're stronger together for children and learning

We are 47,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. 

We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa to fight for quality public education—because every child is worth it.

AKO Journal : For educational professionals 

Ako, the professional journal for 50,000 educators who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa. In te ao Maori, the concept of aka means both to teach and to learn.

Read the winter issue online.

Send a postcard to Finance Minister Hon. Grant Robertson

Treasury suggested the Government scale back funding increases for children with additional learn needs, and advised that increases to funding for early childhood services and schools were not a priority because there was no evidence they could not cope. 

If you are upset please send a message today!

Historic Pay Equity Settlement for MOE Support Workers

Ministry of Education Support Workers have ratified their historic pay equity settlement, which is the education sector's first pay equity settlement.

For more information about the historic agreement.

Our campaigns

ECE Minimum Wages

In our recent survey of ECE we found a number of you are being paid less than the legal minimums. Please check your pay!

The adult minimum wage is $16.50 an hour. You should be being paid a least the minimum wage if you are support staff or non-certificated teaching role. 

The minimum rates that must be paid to certificated teachers in teacher led education and care services is $19.74 an hour for diploma qualified certificated teachers, $21.65 an hour for degree qualified certificated teachers. 

Learn more.

Annual Conference

This year, we are navigating three big pieces of work: Kua tae te wā - It's Time, Mana Taurite - Pay Equity, and the 30 Year Vision in Education. 

While we cannot fully anticipate how the winds of change will be blowing in October, we know that by staying strong and working together we will advance quality public education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Learn more.

Two young teachers holding 'It's time' lollipops

Kua tae te wā - It's time. 

In 2018, we’re making the message loud and clear: It’s Time. Time to lead, teach and learn.

This means freeing primary teachers to teach so every child receives the personal attention they need to learn and thrive. It means freeing primary principals to focus on leading and it means ensuring we have enough teachers by attracting more people to teaching, by respecting them as professionals and paying them properly.

Learn more about the campaign.

Negotiations FAQs


Sign the petition to the Minister of Education

Sign the petition to the Minster of Education calling on him to address the teaching shortage and other issues in primary education.

Sign today!


Fair's fair. We're equals.

Work with hands, heads, or hearts -it's all equal. Early childhood teachers, support staff, and thousands of other women have been undervalued for too long. Historic pay equity claims for ECE and support staff are happening now.

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Don't Forget to Vote!

Primary teachers and principals have received voting papers via email. Don't forgot to vote before 6pm Tuesday 25th September.

Read the new offer from the Ministry of Education

Negotiations FAQs

Principals vote here

Teachers vote here

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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

21 Sep 2018: NZEI welcomes plan to support vulnerable children

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s plan for a Learning Support Coordinator in every school to work with our most vulnerable children and to get them the support that they need as part of a draft disability and learning support action plan Read More

19 Sep 2018: Teachers welcome return of democracy at Teaching Council

NZEI Te Riu Roa says teachers will welcome the return of their democratic right to elect members of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly Education Council). Read More

19 Sep 2018: Support Workers ratify first pay equity settlement for education

NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to announce on Suffrage Day, the ratification of the pay equity settlement for 329 Education Support Workers who work for the Ministry of Education. Read More

11 Sep 2018: Primary teachers and principals to vote on new Ministry offers

The Ministry of Education has tabled new collective agreement offers for primary teachers and principals, who will hold secret online ballots next week to vote on whether to accept the offers. Read More