The rejection of $700 million in pay increases is about "far more than just money", Tauranga principals say.
A national teachers' strike which had been pencilled in for April 3 has been postponed because of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Tauranga is about to lose more school principals, and lost dozens of teachers last year, amid growing concerns about the pressure of today's education system.
The primary teachers' union says it is "disappointed" with a new pay offer and may hold a third national strike on April 3 if teachers reject the offer.
Primary school teachers will hold crucial stopwork meetings next month which may either settle their pay dispute or lead to further strikes.
More New Zealanders are finally going into teaching again, apparently because the teacher shortage is making them confident of getting a job.
Education recruitment agency assures principals of rigorous recruitment process so that top candidates with relevant experience are put forward for Kiwi teaching positions.