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.

What's happening

Pay equity now!

It's time that women were paid what we're worth. Historic pay equity claims for ECE and support staff are happening now. 

Be part of our claim

Come to your PUM: have your say on primary collective bargaining

Paid union meetings are happening in March for primary school teachers and principals. There, we'll decide how to proceed with this year's campaign.

Find your PUM

More about the It's Time campaign

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ECE and Support Staff Scholarships: apply now for 2019

We have five $5000 scholarships available for ECE and support staff members in 2019. Apply by 4 May 2018 to be considered.

See what's offered and how to apply


This year's conferences and meetings

Save these dates:

  • New Educators' Hui, Palmerston North - 17-18 February 2018
  • Pasifika Fono, Auckland - 19-20 April 2018
  • Rural and Teaching Principals' Conference, Hamilton - 23-25 May 2018
  • Te Kāhui Whetū, Christchurch- 7-10 July 2018
  • Annual Conference, Rotorua - 30 September-3 October 2018

Get help

Find your collective agreement

Your collective agreement defines the terms and conditions of your job.

See all collective agreements

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

09 Feb 2018: NZEI welcomes review of cohort entry

Starting school at four years old was never in a child’s best interest, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. Read More

08 Feb 2018: Charter schools were a failed, expensive experiment on kiwi kids

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Education Act Amendment Bill released today which will bring charter schools back into the state school system. Read More

08 Feb 2018: Teachers welcome changes to council

Teachers welcome the Government's decision to reinstate their right to vote for their own representatives on their professional body, education union NZEI Te Riu Roa says. Read More

01 Feb 2018: Children are the focus in new post-National Standards era

Primary principals and teachers look forward to a fresh start this year using robust and well-regarded assessment tools, instead of shonky National Standards. Read More