Hui katoa.

Join the most powerful education union in Aotearoa and fight for a fairer education sector.


Education professionals just like you come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa.

As a member, you’re a part of a powerful collective who work together to create a better education sector for kaiako, ākonga and everyone that contributes to preparing our tamariki for the future.

Together, we’ve made meaning­ful change in the education sector.

Our unity has shown across the motu and the results speak for themselves. We’ve negotiated fairer pay, better working conditions and greater support in and outside of the classroom. Take a look at what we’ve achieved together.

What we’re working towards

There’s much to be done – find out how to get involved here.


Pay equity for teachers | Mana Taurite

  • Primary Teachers
  • Primary Principals

The pay equity claim for teachers is currently underway. This is the largest pay equity claim in Aotearoa, covering over 90,000 teachers and principals working in schools, kindergartens and education and care settings. As registered teachers, principals are included in this claim. As teachers we are highly skilled professionals who work creatively, flexibly and with responsibility to our students and whānau. However, our work is often under recognised. Pay equity gives us the opportunity to win corrections to pay and conditions and to feel truly valued for the work we do. Throughout this pay equity claim we are working with the Ministry of Education and early childhood education employer representatives. The claim covers kaiako from early childhood education through to secondary school, so we are also working alongside the PPTA Te Wehengarua.

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Stand up for change.

Become a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa.

Join us in calling for better pay, conditions and outcomes in the education sector in Aotearoa.