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.

Strike ballot information for Ministry of Education Learning Support staff

Learning support staff members employed by the Ministry of Education are currently voting on whether to take strike action via secret online ballot.

Common questions and answers about the strike ballot.

Show your support on 15 August

Find an event near you

Join our day of action to show your support for primary school teachers and principals holding full-day strike action on Wednesday 15 August!

Events are happening up and down the country to send a strong message to the Government that it is time to fix the crisis in teaching.

Find an event near you.

Our campaigns

We'll miss them when they're gone - Ka noho mokemoke mātou mō rātou

New Zealand is losing more and more teachers, so we're asking Kiwi parents and their kids to show us how much they would miss their teachers if they were gone.

Visit weneedteachers.co.nz  

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.


Fair's fair. We're equals.

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. 

More 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

14 Aug 2018: Pay equity settlement reached for support workers

Four Ministry of Education Support Workers enjoyed a celebratory cup of tea with the Prime Minister this afternoon, to mark the historic signing of the education sector's first pay equity settlement. Read More

14 Aug 2018: Nationwide rallies and marches tomorrow for primary teachers and principals

About 29,000 primary teachers, principals and their supporters will be taking to the streets in public events around New Zealand tomorrow. Read More

08 Aug 2018: More education professionals to vote on striking

Learning Support specialists employed directly by the Ministry of Education have today begun a secret online vote over whether to strike for a day on Tuesday 21 August. Read More

01 Aug 2018: Primary teachers and principals vote for full-day strike action

NZEI Te Riu Roa principal and teacher members have both voted for full day strike action on August 15. Read More