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Pay Equity for kaiārahi i te reo | Mana Taurite

The pay equity settlement for kaiārahi i te reo was approved on 4 July 2022, with the effective date of 20 August 2021.

The settlement has now moved to the implementation phase. The first payment to covered employees was in October 2022. 

Note: covered employees are kaiārahi i te reo in state and state-integrated schools and kura, including those who finished their job on or after 20 August 2021 and started a position at another school, or left the workforce entirely.

The Ask

The claim stated that the work of kaiārahi i te reo is undervalued because they are currently, and historically, mostly women. This campaign was calling for:

  1. Recognition and equitable remuneration for the work kaiārahi i te reo which had been previously undervalued by the employer
  2. Acknowledgement and compensation for historic undervaluing of this work in the form of a lump-sum payment


The pay equity process was initiated by NZEI Te Riu Roa with the Ministry of Education in 2018. It was the first proposed pay equity settlement for a Māori workforce in New Zealand history and included an average pay increase of 79 percent. 

The settlement also included a commitment to improving professional learning and development, a new parental allowance, an overtime allowance, better rules for progression and an updated work matrix to determine grading. The settlement goes some way to acknowledging the mana that kaiārahi bring to te reo rangatira and our education system.

Read the Pay Equity evidence Report.

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Read the Evidence Report

We’ve identified comparator industries with similar roles and responsibilities to school administrators. This evidence forms the basis of the claim on the principle that the same work deserves the same pay.

Learn more and read the full evidence report below. 

Useful documents

Other past campaigns

Check out more of the progress that NZEI Te Riu Roa members have achieved together.


Pay Equity for Teacher Aides | Mana Taurite

  • Support Staff
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In September 2016, NZEI Te Riu Roa lodged a pay equity claim on behalf of all teacher aides. In 2019 a settlement was reached and teacher aides received pay increases and other benefits. As part of the terms of settlement, there must regular reviews to make sure that pay equity is maintained. This review is currently underway and will be complete by the end of 2024 in time to inform the bargaining of the Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement.

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