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.

Pūaotanga: Realising the potential of every child

Realising the potential of every child: An independent review into primary school staffing in Aotearoa. Find out more about this review and sign up for updates.

Click here to find out more.

Early Childhood Education and Support Staff scholarships

Applications are open for early childhood and support staff scholarships to be taken up in 2022. There are ten scholarships of $6000 available, applications close Friday 8 May 2021. 

NZEI Te Riu Roa Principals' Helpline

The Principals' Helpline, 0508principal (0508 774 624 725) is managed by our Principal Support Officers and operates from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday. 


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. 

Vote 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.

Recent news and media

06 May 2021: "Disheartened and dispirited" educators upset, uncertain following public sector pay restriction ann

Educators across the country are shocked that the Government has chosen to restrict public servants' pay for a further three years, says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa. Read More

01 May 2021: May Day call for early childhood teachers to be paid fairly

The country's largest education union is calling on the Government to step in to correct pay injustices in the early childhood sector this International Workers' Day. Read More

29 Apr 2021: Pasifika education leaders come together for national Pasifika Fono

Pasifika educators are meeting in Ōtautahi Christchurch today and tomorrow to consider how our education system could be redesigned to be more responsive to Pasifika learners. Read More

09 Apr 2021: Educators' union supports tamariki striking for climate action

The country's largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, is backing the school students striking for climate action across the country today. Read More