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.

NZEI Te Riu Roa ECE and support staff scholarships

There are up to ten scholarships of $6000 available each year - four for early childhood members and six for support staff members. Applications for the scholarships to be taken up in 2020 are now open.

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David J. Stewart Memorial Scholarship for Postgraduate Study

The David Stewart Memorial Scholarship honours the work of the late Dr David Stewart, founder of Te Ariki Project, by providing educational leaders with the opportunity to undertake research study.

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Te Ariki Project

AKO Journal: For educational professionals

Ako, the professional journal for 50,000 educators who are members of NZEI Te Riu Roa. In te ao Māori, the concept of ako means both to teach and to learn.

Read the summer issue online

Our campaigns

Sign the petition to the Minister of Education

Sign the petition to the Minster of Education calling on him to address the teaching shortage and other issues in primary education.

Sign today!

Two young teachers holding 'It's time' lollipops

Kua tae te wā - It's time

This year we'll continue 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

Negotiations FAQs

Pay equity for educators and support staff

No matter who you are or what kind of work you do, you deserve to be paid fairly for your work. But for women, achieving fair pay has been a long, hard battle which is not over yet.

Learn more about the campaign

Join the pay equity pledge

Events

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 Feb 2019: Primary teachers and principals return to negotiations next week

NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education have agreed to return to negotiations for the primary teachers' and primary principals' collective agreements next week. Read More

31 Jan 2019: Leadership needed on ECE teacher shortage

NZEI Te Riu Roa President, Lynda Stuart, is seeking urgent action on the ECE workforce following a statement from Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand today. Read More

28 Jan 2019: Quitting teachers explain why they are leaving

Surveys of teachers and principals who quit the profession last year show they left mainly due to a lack of work/life balance and burnout from high workload. Read More

20 Jan 2019: Ministry of Education employees supporting children with learning needs to take strike action

Learning Support Service Managers, the Education Ministry staff responsible for the allocation and management of support services for children with additional learning needs, are set to take strike action from Monday [21 January] after a bid to gain Read More