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.

Primary school rolling strike: 12 - 16 November

Primary teacher and principal members have voted to hold a week of rolling one-day strikes from 12 - 16 November.

These strikes will take place on different days throughout the country.

Find your school's strike day.

Find your local strike day events and rallies.

Read more about the campaign. 

Ministry's new offers to primary teachers and principals

The Ministry of Education has made new offers to members covered by the primary principals' and primary teachers' collective agreements.

Read the offers

AKO Journal : For educational professionals 

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

Read the winter 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. 

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.

Negotiations FAQs


Tell the Government you support their new Pay Equity Law

The Government is proposing to make it easier for women seeking pay equity, by speeding up and simplifying the process.

Learn More


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

12 Nov 2018: Thousands of primary teachers and principals meet to consider options

Thousands of primary teachers and principals gathered in meetings and rallies across Auckland today, on the first day of a week of rolling one-day strikes. Read More

09 Nov 2018: Strike notices issued and primary teachers consider next steps as facilitation concludes

Primary teachers are set to begin a week of one-day rolling nationwide strikes on Monday. Read More

04 Nov 2018: Government announcement on learning support a big win for teachers and students

The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that the Government will fully fund 600 Learning Support Coordinator positions in 2020 is a big win for children and a big win for teachers and principals. Read More

02 Nov 2018: NZEI and Ministry head to Employment Relations Authority over teacher negotiations

Primary teachers' union NZEI TE Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education are set to begin facilitation on Monday, 5 November at 10.30am, in an attempt to make progress on collective agreement negotiations for primary teachers and principals. Read More