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.

Proposed settlements for primary teachers and principals

Primary principal and teacher members should have received their electronic ballot PINs and passwords to vote on the proposed settlements via email from Electionz.

The email comes from iro@electionz.com - please check your spam folder if you can't find it, otherwise give us a call on 0800 693 443, or email nzei@nzei.org.nz

Find out more about the settlements

Use our pay increase calculator and get tips on reading the pay scale

Proposed settlement for area school teachers

Area school teacher members should have received their electronic ballot PINs and passwords to vote on the proposed settlements via email from Electionz.

The email comes from iro@electionz.com - please check your spam folder if you can't find it, otherwise give us a call on 0800 693 443, or email nzei@nzei.org.nz

Read the proposed area school teachers' settlement

Read the accord

Support staff paid union meetings

Paid union meetings are being held between 12 June - 2 July to enable NZEI support staff members to vote on the issues they want raised in negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreements.

Paid union meetings schedule

Our campaigns

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

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

Events

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

14 Jun 2019: Primary principals and teachers to vote on a proposed settlement

Two weeks after the largest strike in the New Zealand history, proposed settlements and an accord between the Government and teacher unions will be taken to primary teachers and principals for ratification votes next week. Read More

12 Jun 2019: School support staff begin meetings for new collective agreement

Tomorrow, teacher aides and other school support staff will begin two weeks of nationwide paid union meetings to discuss plans for upcoming collective agreement negotiations, with pay equity settlements high on the agenda as well. Read More

04 Jun 2019: Learning Support Service Managers in Ministry of Education win pay jolt

Ministry of Education Learning Support Service Managers are celebrating winning significant pay increases after a lengthy period of negotiations and strikes. Read More

04 Jun 2019: Wellbeing Budget doesn't deliver the transformational change needed in education

The Wellbeing Budget doesn’t deliver the transformational change required to address the crisis in education, NZEI Te Riu Roa says. Read More