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

Come to your PUM: have your say on primary collective bargaining

Paid union meetings are happening in March for primary school teachers and principals. There, we'll decide how to proceed with this year's campaign.

Find your PUM

More about the It's Time campaign

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ECE and Support Staff Scholarships: apply now for 2019

We have five $5000 scholarships available for ECE and support staff members in 2019. Apply by 4 May 2018 to be considered.

See what's offered and how to apply


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

14 Mar 2018: Making a submission on the Education Amendment Bill

Now is the time to make sure our win in getting National Standards and charter schools scrapped is cemented in law! Here's how to make a submission to the Select Committee... Read More

08 Mar 2018: Principals and teachers call meetings to address education crisis

Principals and teachers in primary and area schools begin nation-wide meetings next week to plan a response to the crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers, the lack of time to teach and the inadequate resourcing for children with additional learn Read More

05 Mar 2018: NZEI welcomes removal of hurdles to pay justice for women

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed joint recommendations from business, unions and government officials to scrap the hurdles to pay equity proposed by the previous National Government. Read More

27 Feb 2018: Workload demands at dangerous levels for primary school leaders

A second independent, in-depth health and wellbeing survey of primary school principals and senior leaders has found the sheer quantity of work is seriously affecting their health and taking time away from leading their school’s teaching and learning Read More