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

Primary collective bargaining kicks off in 2018

It's time to get serious about giving our children the best education in the world. We'll take industrial action, if necessary, to make that happen.

More about primary collective bargaining

Briefing to the Incoming Minister

Our new Government has a big job on its hands. Here's what we've recommended to the incoming Minister.

Read the BIM


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

13 Dec 2017: Government package to ease teacher shortage is just the start

Educators have welcomed the government’s $9.5 million package to address the teacher shortage but say much more needs to be done to attract and keep teachers in the profession. Read More

12 Dec 2017: Children the winners as National Standards are dumped

Primary principals and teachers say children are the real winners now that National Standards have been officially dumped. Read More

12 Dec 2017: Principals forced to slash teacher aide hours but can’t find teachers for 2018

An NZEI Te Riu Roa survey of 622 primary and intermediate school principals has found that 44% plan to cut teacher aide hours to meet budget in 2018, while 14% expect to be short of teachers and another 20% are not sure whether they will fill all rol Read More

11 Dec 2017: NZEI Te Riu Roa Scholarships for ECE and support staff

Applications for some great scholarships are now open for Early Childhood and Support Staff members. Read More