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.

Member Support Centre - summer hours

The Member Support Centre will be open during the Christmas and new year period with reduced hours. They will be available between 10:00am-3:00pm except on public holidays. They will be back to their full hours from Thursday 7 January 2021. 

Tahia te Marae on-demand webinar series

The Tahia te Marae webinar series are now available to watch online. These sessions were part of our online Annual Conference earlier this year and explore a range of topics related to NZEI Te Riu Roa and education sector. 

Catch up on the webinar series now. 

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.   


Our campaigns

ECE Voice

Early childhood teachers so an incredibly important job. But their pay is up to 49% 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. 

If you agree, join your voice with ours and have your say. 

Vote to add your voice here 

Teacher aide pay equity settlement

Support staff have voted to vary their collective agreement to include the teacher aide pay equity settlement.  

Find out more about the settlement here. 

Click here to apply for PLD for teacher aides. 

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


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

09 Dec 2020: Kiwi response needed to address dropping international student rankings

In response to our declining ranking in international maths and science tests, New Zealand educators say we should be focusing on the gap in achievement between Pasifika and Māori and Pakeha students, rather than measuring the difference between us a Read More

08 Dec 2020: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes expansion of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the expansion of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori to early childhood teachers and support staff. Read More

02 Dec 2020: Schools excluded from Govt coal commitment

Education union NZEI Te Riu Roa is disappointed the education sector has been excluded from a state sector phase-out of coal boilers by 2025, announced today. Read More

02 Dec 2020: Educators back call for urgent action on child poverty

Educators at the frontlines back the Children’s Commissioner’s call for bold action on child poverty, following the release of distressing figures in the latest Child Poverty Monitor. Read More