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.

Scholarship applications for 2021

There are up to ten scholarships available for early childhood and support staff members. The scholarships provide an opportunity for early childhood education and support staff members to enhance their skills and knowledge within the workplace and in education generally. Applications for the scholarships to be taken up in 2021 are now open.

Find out more about the scholarships here.

Health and wellbeing survey

Primary and area teachers and principals should check their email for an in-depth survey into the hauora of every New Zealand teacher and principal. This survey will contribute valuable data about the state of hauora in our work on the Accord.

Make sure you complete the survey by the 1st December. 

Click here to find out more

Support Staff Making A Difference

Teacher aides, admin, other support staff and Kaiarahi i te Reo are on the front line of student support and they need to be paid fairly for the hard work they do! Use the MP Tool, open letter and resources to help us gain fair pay for our support staff. 

Find out about the offer here
Find resources here. 

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 our voices with ours and have your say. 

Vote to add your voice here 

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

Learn more about the campaign



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

04 Dec 2019: NZEI calls for urgent implementation of Government's strategy for early childhood education

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling for urgency in implementing the Government's 10-year early learning action plan, He taonga te temaiti, released today. Read More

03 Dec 2019: Karen O'Leary stars in new early childhood fair pay campaign video

NZEI Te Riu Roa has launched a new video campaign to get the public behind fixing the huge pay gap between qualified early childhood teachers and other teachers. The video features Karen O'Leary, early childhood teacher and star of Wellington Paranor Read More

03 Dec 2019: Teacher aides welcome pay equity negotiations

Teacher aides have welcomed the Ministry of Education's agreement to begin pay equity negotiations in the week of December 16th. Read More

01 Dec 2019: NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes government education spending announcements

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes the Government's announcement today of a $396m capital injection to upgrade schools, and applauds the Prime Minister's commitment to extend the Living Wage to all school staff. Read More