Te Ākonga

Students & New Educators

Te Ākonga me Ngā Kaiako Hou (pai ake tēnei kupu ki te kupu Pia)

Are you studying to become an educator or in your first five years working in the sector?

Be a part of shaping the future of education – the future that you will inherit! 

Join NZEI Te Riu Roa to connect with fellow beginning educators, get support and guidance on your career and get involved with campaigns to advocate for better pay, conditions and other issues in your future jobs.  

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Check out these campaigns you can get involved with as a student or new educator!


Mana Taurite | Mana Wāhine | Pay Equity

  • Mana Taurite

As educators, you play a vital role in the lives of tamariki and communities in Aotearoa. Campaigning for pay equity is an historic opportunity to ensure that educators are valued for the work you do. The work of an educator is highly skilled, however, the pay and conditions don’t always reflect the levels of complexity and creativity within the various education roles. The pay equity process is about addressing the historic and current undervaluation in both pay and status in roles that society has traditionally perceived to be ‘women’s work’. The process determines if there has been an undervaluation and if so, this is corrected. Mana taurite means restoring balance to the imbalance. Pay equity means that your work is seen and properly valued. Let’s come together, champion the work of educators and win the best pay equity settlements that we can.

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