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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for members

We've pulled together the the most up to date information for members about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects people working in education.

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David Stewart Memorial Scholarship

A joint initiative of NZEI Te Riu Roa and the New Zealand Principals' Federation, this $20,000 scholarship is awarded to honour the work of the late Dr David Stewart who was well known for promoting the role of principals and teachers as reflective practitioners focused on helping children's learning. 

Applications close May 2020

Ako - The language issue

The new summer issue of AKO – our journal for education professionals – is out now! It’s all about language and its connections to literacy, communication and identity.

Read the latest issue here.

Our campaigns

ECE Voice

Early childhood teachers so an incredibly important job. But their pay is up to 49% behind kindergarten and primary with the same skills, qualifications and responsibilities. That's not OK. We believe every teacher is worth it and that the government needs to act now to fix the gap. 

If you agree, join our voices with ours and have your say. 

Vote to add your voice here 

Support Staff Making a Difference

Teacher aides, admin, other support staff and kaiārahi i te Reo have voted to accept their collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education, with the Living Wage of $21.15 as the new minimum pay rate. 

Find out about the settlement here. 


Mana Taurite - Pay equity

Teacher aides began their negotiations for a pay equity settlement in December 2019. Work is still progressing on our early childhood teachers, kaiārahi i te reo and administration claims. 
Keep an eye out here for updates on our pay equity claims. 

Learn more about the campaign

Join the pay equity pledge


Upcoming conferences

  • Pasifika Fono, Christchurch
  • Rural and Teaching Principals' Conference, New Plymouth
  • Te Kāhui Whetū, Tāmaki Makaurau 
  • Annual Conference, Auckland

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

08 Apr 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Government's swift roll out of learning from home initiatives

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government's announcement today of a range of learning from home initiatives to help support learners, whānau, schools and centres through the Covid-19 lockdown. Read More

23 Mar 2020: Statement on Government's decision to close schools

"The Government's decision to close schools and early learning centres is a strong, decisive and necessary move in the fight to flatten the curve of Covid-19. Read More

29 Feb 2020: Urgent action is needed to fix crisis in early childhood education this Children's Day

Ahead of tomorrow's Children's Day, NZEI Te Riu Roa President Liam Rutherford is urging the Government to take action to address the crisis in early childhood education. Read More

14 Feb 2020: Drop in school attendance concerning

Results out today showing a drop in school attendance in 2019 is a cause for concern, says NZEI Te Riu Roa President Liam Rutherford. Read More