We are the 48,000+ principals, teachers, support staff and other education professionals 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.


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Principals' Kit

Introducing a new resource for principal members - covering issues from management to leadership and administration.

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Ngā Aukaha All in for Tamariki

If a child requires support in order to thrive at school and in their early childhood education, they should receive it. Whether that support is provided by an external physiotherapist or a psychologist or an in-school or centre teacher or support staff, it should be available to our tamariki. Sign up now to tautoko the campaign calling for all tamariki to receive the support they deserve. 

ECE & Kōhanga Reo Hauora Survey

The first Early Childhood Education and Kōhanga Reo Hauora Health and Wellbeing Survey is now underway. This is an important study to gather data and show the public the environment we are operating in. Results will illustrate the urgency of our work to win better conditions, and have greater investment in our sector. We encourage all invited members to participate.

Our campaigns

ECE Voice

Early childhood teachers so an incredibly important job. But their pay is up to 52% behind kindergarten and primary with the same skills, qualifications and responsibilities. That's not OK. We believe every teacher is worth it and that the government needs to act now to fix the gap. 

Sign up to add your voice here 

Te Ake Rautangi

Kōhanga Reo kaimahi bring incredible skills and experience to an important kaupapa for tamariki Māori, but right now many kaimahi aren't paid in a way that recognises their value and upholds their mana.   

Sign up now to tautoko the campaign.

Mana Taurite - Pay equity

The Pay Equity Amendment Act 2020 has opened up new opportunities across the education sector - find out about our 10 new pay equity claims to ensure the work of women is no longer undervalued! 

Learn more about the campaign

Find out about PLD for teacher aides


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.

NZEI Te Riu Roa Principals' Helpline
The Principals' Helpline, 0508principal (0508 774 624 725) is managed by our Principal Support Officers and operates from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Recent news and media

26 Nov 2021: Result of inquiry into former Charter Schools use of public money shameful

The Office of the Auditor General’s (OAG) inquiry into management fees paid by former Charter Schools, South Auckland Middle School and Middle School West Auckland shows how flawed the Act Party's Charter School’s policy was, particularly in regards Read More

08 Nov 2021: Teaching union NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes provision of counselling support in schools

NZEI Te Riu Roa is today welcoming the announcement of $10.3 million towards counselling in 141 schools across the country over this year and next. Read More

04 Nov 2021: Early childhood sector calls for action on pay parity in Day of Action

Early childhood teachers and their supporters are holding a Day of Action on Saturday 6 November to make it clear to the Education Minister Chris Hipkins that they want immediate action on pay parity to help address a growing staffing crisis. Read More

12 Oct 2021: COVID vaccinations vital to keep our educators and tamariki safe

NZEI Te Riu Roa fully supports the Government’s public health advice mandating that all staff in schools and early childhood centres are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 1 January, 2022 and receive their first dose by 15 November, just Read More