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.

AKO Journal

Check out the latest from AKO including our special online Covid-19 edition and the Summer 2020 Language issue.

Read AKO here.

Primary teacher worksite rep PUMs

Paid union meetings for primary teacher worksite reps are taking place between 27 Oct - 6 Nov. Make sure you search by branch to find all available meetings in your area.

Click here to register for a meeting near you.

Te Ake Rautangi

Kōhanga Reo kaimahi bring incredible skills and experience to an important kaupapa for tamariki Māori, but right now many kaimahi aren't paid in a way that recognises their value and upholds their mana. 

Sign up now to tautoko the campaign.   


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 your voice with ours and have your say. 

Vote to add your voice here 

Teacher aide pay equity settlement

Support staff have voted to vary their collective agreement to include the teacher aide pay equity settlement.  

Find out more about the settlement here. 

Click here to apply for PLD for teacher aides. 

Mana Taurite - Pay equity

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

Find out about the teacher aide settlement


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

29 Oct 2020: Teachers meet to discuss stretched primary schools

Primary teacher representatives across the country have begun two weeks of meetings to discuss pressing issues for schools – with extra staffing to meet the needs of children high on the agenda. Read More

05 Oct 2020: New Zealand teachers take part in global livestream for World Teachers' Day

New Zealand educators will take part in a 24-hour global livestream from 2pm today to celebrate UNESCO World Teachers' Day, including a video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Read More

30 Sep 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Government's wellbeing announcement for educators

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s commitment of additional counselling and advice services for educators in early learning services and schools, especially in the current Covid environment. Read More

29 Sep 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Labour promise to provide mental health support to primary and intermediate

NZEI Te Riu Roa says Labour's promise to provide mental health support in primary and intermediate schools would deliver a much-needed resource for both children and teachers, especially given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More