We are the 48,000+ principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools, early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services.

We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New Zealand’s largest education union, a Treaty-based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.

 Primary principals accept new Ministry offer

Primary and intermediate principals have voted strongly to accept a settlement to their collective agreement which will give them parity with their secondary colleagues.

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AKO - The community issue

The new winter issue of AKO - our journal for education professionals - is out now!
It's all about community and the value of strong connections.

Read AKO online.

Sign on to make a difference

It’s time for support staff to build their collective power to make a real difference to their pay and working conditions. We need everyone on board - teachers, principals, parents and the wider community.

Sign on now and show your support

Our campaigns

Every child is worth it petition

We're asking the Prime Minister, Minister of Education and Minister of Finance to honour their pre-election pledge to restore early childhood education funding, deliver on 100% qualified teachers, and reduce teacher to child ratios.

Sign the petition

Every child is worth it

We think that every child is worth the best early childhood education New Zealand can possibly provide, and a great start in life. We want the Government to restore per-child funding and commit to 100% qualified teachers in every ECE service. New Zealand can afford to provide quality ECE. That's why we campaign for quality, teacher-led ECE as a right for every child.

Learn more about the campaign

Our 10-year strategic plan for ECE

Mana Taurite - Pay equity

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 that isn't over yet. Despite the passing of the Equal Pay Act 40 years ago, women are still paid $4 an hour less, on average, than men. In many cases that's because work that's traditionally done by women - such as caring and working with young children - has been historically undervalued.

Learn more about the campaign

Join the pay equity pledge


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

20 Aug 2019: Primary and intermediate principals vote to accept new Ministry offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. Read More

17 Jul 2019: NZEI Te Riu Roa to take legal action over delays in payments to teachers

NZEI Te Riu Roa will take legal action over the lengthy delay in implementing pay increases for teachers. Read More