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.

New survey reveals under-payment and low pay issues are rife in ECE

survey of early childhood educators reveals some are earning below the minimum wage, others are paid below the already low minimum rates for the sector, and widespread low-pay across the sector.

The survey was released in conjunction with NZEI Te Riu Roa's recommendations for early childhood education Shaping Our Future.

Read more

Primary school strike ballot

Primary teacher and principal members will have now received an email with instructions on how to vote in the secret ballot on rolling strike action.

The ballot is being conducted by Electionz.com on behalf of NZEI Te Riu Roa. 

If you are a member and haven't received your ballot email, or you need help with the online ballot, please call the Electionz.com helpline on 0800 666 029 or email iro@electionz.com 

The ballot closes at 6pm on Thursday 25 October.

Strike ballot and negotiation FAQs.

Read more about the campaign. 

Our campaigns

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!


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


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.

ore about pay equity


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

19 Oct 2018: New teacher supply and demand model welcome but flawed - and too late to stop teacher shortages next

A new tool released by the Ministry of Education today to estimate the number of teachers required in the future is a good first step, but has some significant flaws and is too late to fundamentally affect the teacher shortage crisis schools face in Read More

16 Oct 2018: Education workers optimistic about Pay Equity Amendment Bill

As the Equal Pay Amendment Bill has its first reading, a 12-year struggle for pay equity will also draw to a close for Education Support Workers, who will be receiving their first payslips with pay increases of up to 30% today. Read More

16 Oct 2018: Teachers set to vote on strike action (includes potential strike dates)

Primary teachers and principals are set to begin voting tomorrow on whether to undertake a week of strike action in November. Read More

16 Oct 2018: Early childhood teacher shortage severe

The union representing early childhood teachers has added its voice to ECE employers’ call to Government to do more to reverse a teacher shortage in early childhood services. Read More