NZEI Scholarships: strategic direction, areas of focus, and priority projects

A successful scholarship application will be one that aligns with our strategic framework, strategic direction, areas of focus and priority projects, all of which you can find on this page.

On this page

NZEI Te Riu Roa's strategic framework

Our strategic framework gives you a high-level picture of our goals and how we'll reach them. In particular, refer to page 3, Building the Union in the 21st Century.

NZEI Te Riu Roa Three Year Plan 2017 -2019 - Strategic Direction, Areas of Focus and Priority Projects



Priority Projects over 3 years

Shape system change

· System change that advances our vision of quality public education

· Educational success for all kids along their learning pathways

  • High quality, primary and early childhood education, accessible to all children

Shaping system change

ECE funding for quality

Special/inclusive education – SENCO focus

Support staff

Success for Maori



commercialisation and privatisation of education

  • No privatization and commercialisation in our QPE system
  • Participate in global campaigns

Shaping system change


appropriate terms and conditions to ensure a quality workforce

  • Terms and conditions of employment that attract and retain an appropriately skilled workforce.
  • Resourced and high quality professional development and support.

Stronger together

Support staff

Building and implementing career development models

Enable members to

lead the profession/grow professional leadership

  • Enhanced teacher professionalism
  • Networked and professional relationships in the sector
  • Professional strategies in our campaigns
  • Successful Centre of Educational Excellence

JI Communities of Learning

Support staff professionalism

Support staff

Transforming PLD

Building and implementing career development models

Success for Maori


Quality Maori education

Mana Maori Motuhake

Normalise te reo

  • Developing skilled kaiako with a passion for life-long learning
  • Ensuring kaiako are responsive to culturally competent Maori
  • Providing cutting edge curriculum delivered through inquiry
  • Ma te Maori ano te Maori e Korero

Research the inclusion of a Maori perspective within Inquiry Learning courses

Relate inquiry learning to rohe/iwi priorities within the curriculum

Kaiako use NZC, Te Marautanga O Aotearoa and Te Whariki to extend tamariki Maori learning ‘to the moon’

Whaikorero as a form of public speaking for all tamariki

Schools and centres work with iwi to develop te reo me ona tikanga policies and programmes

Schools and centres work with iwi to develop their te reo data base

Schools and centres identify roles and resourcing to include matua/kaumatua as central to their reo Maori programme

Reo Pasifika

 Empower, support and activate Pasifika members

Advocate for Pasifika students

  • Say it Build
  • Do it Grow
  • Own it Win

Pasifika leadership capacity and capability

Professional learning, credibility and influence

Increased Pasifika density across all sectors

Acknowledgement and celebration of Pasifika excellence

Strategic plan: Schools and ECE objectives and goals

Key Strategic Plan: Advancing NZEI’s professional and industrial profile and giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi by working through

  • NZEI Area Councils
  • NZEI Branches, Aronui Tomua and Komiti Pasifika and Networks
  • Worksites
  • School and centre communities
  • The wider community.

Support staff objectives

  • Building effective and self-sustaining support staff networks in NZEI structures including Support Staff National Caucus KaiawhinaTautoko
  • Building regular two-way engagement between members to advance the goals
  • Building an understanding of how support staff help teaching and learning
  • Growing understanding of pay issues, professionalism, appropriate funding and improved career opportunities


  • Focus on identifying and training member leaders
  • Developing and supporting clusters as organising units for support staff membership
  • Supporting the campaign goals of fair pay, pay equity’, flexible career pathways with professional development, living wage, centrally funded remuneration for support staff.
  • Qualifications that increase ability to support learning in schools
  • Investigation into ways to support specific children who require learning support

Early childhood education sector objectives

  • Building NZEI professional influence in the sector
  • Building the Early Childhood National Caucus as a core sector organising group
  • Growing membership in Pasifika centres and other community based centres
  • Growing membership density in Auckland Kindergartens
  • Developing viable and effective NZEI Early Childhood networks


  • 100 per cent qualified teachers in the sector and the funding to support them
  • Highlight with the community the substantial returns of investment in ECE
  • Develop and strengthen ECE networks around the country
  • Increase support for the community based sector.