Following the cancellation of last week's paid union meetings and further discussions with member leaders in Christchurch, NZEI's National Executive has decided to run an electronic ballot to allow primary school teacher and principal members to respond to the Ministry's current offers.

This week's paid union meetings for area school teachers have also been cancelled. Area school teacher members will now hold joint site meetings after school with their PPTA colleagues to discuss and vote on endorsing their claim for upcoming collective agreement negotiations.

New offers for Primary Teachers and Principals

The Ministry of Education made new offers to members covered by the Primary Principals' and Primary Teachers' Collective Agreements in March 2019. While our negotiation team is pleased to finally be able to bring new offers back to members, they're disappointed with how little the Ministry was willing to move.

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NZEI Te Riu Roa ECE and support staff scholarships

There are up to ten scholarships of $6000 available each year - four for early childhood members and six for support staff members. Applications for the scholarships to be taken up in 2020 are now open.

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David Stewart Memorial Scholarship


AKO Journal: For educational professionals

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

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Our campaigns

Two young teachers holding 'It's time' lollipops

Kua tae te wā - It's time

This year we'll continue 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.

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Frequently asked questions

Every child is worth it

We think that every child is worth the best early childhood education New Zealand can possibly provide, and a great start in life. We want the Government to restore per-child funding and commit to 100% qualified teachers in every ECE service. New Zealand can afford to provide quality ECE. That's why we campaign for quality, teacher-led ECE as a right for every child.

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Our 10-year strategic plan for ECE

Pay equity for educators and support staff

No matter who you are or what kind of work you do, you deserve to be paid fairly for your work. But for women, achieving fair pay has been a long, hard battle which is not over yet.

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Join the pay equity pledge


Get help

Contact our member advisory officers

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

Recent news and media

21 Mar 2019: Paid union meetings to be replaced by online ballots following terrorist attacks

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