We are the 48,000+ principals, teachers and support staff 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.

What's next for principals

Principals have rejected the latest offer from the Ministry and have voted in favour of disengagement strike action. This involves a withdrawal of the goodwill extended to the Ministry work that is additional to their day-to-day role running schools.

Find out more about the disengagement

Sign on to support our principals

Every child is worth it petition

We're asking the Prime Minister, Minister of Education and Minister of Finance to honour their pre-election pledge to restore early childhood education funding, deliver on 100% qualified teachers, and reduce teacher to child ratios.

Sign the petition

Sign on to make a difference

It’s time for support staff to build their collective power to make a real difference to their pay and working conditions. We need everyone on board - teachers, principals, parents and the wider community.

Sign on now and show your support

Our campaigns

Kua Tae Te Wā - It's Time

This year, we’ll continue to make the message loud and clear – it’s time. Time to lead, teach and learn. This means freeing teachers to teach so every child receives the personal attention they need to learn and thrive. It means freeing 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

Read the proposed education sector accord

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.

Learn more about the campaign

Our 10-year strategic plan for ECE

Mana Taurite - Pay equity

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 that isn't over yet. Despite the passing of the Equal Pay Act 40 years ago, women are still paid $4 an hour less, on average, than men. In many cases that's because work that's traditionally done by women - such as caring and working with young children - has been historically undervalued.

Learn more about the campaign

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 nzei@nzei.org.nz for confidential advice.

Recent news and media

16 Jul 2019: Kindergarten teachers to vote on proposed settlement

NZEI Te Riu Roa's kindergarten teacher members will vote on a proposed settlement to their collective agreement after four days of negotiations with the Ministry of Education and kindergarten employers. Read More

08 Jul 2019: Māori education hui kicks off in Ahuriri (Napier)

NZEI Te Riu Roa's annual Māori education hui, Te Kāhui Whetū, begins today at the Eastern Institue of Technology in Ahuriri (Napier). Read More

05 Jul 2019: Kindergarten teacher negotiations to continue next week

NZEI Te Riu Roa's kindergarten teacher members have concluded two days of negotiations with the Ministry of Education and kindergarten employers, and negotiations will continue next week. Read More