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

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

Come to a May 5 pay equity event

Two young teachers holding 'It's time' lollipops

It's Time, Kua Tae Te Wā

It's time to free teachers to teach so every child receives the personal attention they need to learn and thrive. It's time to free principals to focus on leading. And it's time to ensure we have enough teachers by attracting more people to teaching, by respecting them as professionals and paying them properly.

More about the It's Time Kua Tae Te Wā campaign

Come to a June PUM

Primary and area teachers and principals: Come to a PUM in June

Hear from the bargaining teams about how the negotiations are going, and decide on next steps.

Check the schedule

Advice for principals


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

15 Jun 2018: Teachers and principals head to ballot on Ministry of Education offers

Nationwide meetings for primary principals and teachers start on Monday, as NZEI Te Riu Roa members vote on whether to accept the Ministry of Education's pay offers or reject them and take industrial action. Read More

15 Jun 2018: Action needed over discrimination against Māori and Pasifika school leaders

A survey of primary school leaders has found that a significant sample of Māori and Pasifika participants have experienced discrimination at work on the basis of their ethnicity. Read More

12 Jun 2018: Teachers and principals head to ballot on Ministry of Education offer

Due to the urgent need to attract and retain teachers, and ensure children have the education they need, NZEI Te Riu Roa’s National Executive have decided on the weekend that teachers and principals will vote at upcoming union meetings on whether to Read More

07 Jun 2018: A Tribute to Jo Vaughan

Jo Vaughan, an active union campaigner and champion of school support staff, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 47. Read More