Teachers and educators have huge hope that the new Labour led Government will herald the rebuilding of New Zealand’s public education system and restore our children’s birthright to a free, world-class education.

Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First have all promised to restore funding for schools and early childhood education, and scrap discredited policies such as National Standards and charter schools.

“This new Government is an opportunity to make children a priority once again,” said NZEI president Lynda Stuart. “Our children deserve the best education in the world, New Zealand can afford to provide it, and it’s time to give it to them.

“NZEI members will hold the new Government to account for its promises to children and to those who work in education.

“We anticipate making real progress on our two key priorities for next year – achieving pay equity for support staff, support workers and ECE teachers, and fixing the teacher shortage through getting better pay and more time for teachers to teach and for principals to lead.”

Educators also expect action on the key education policies, which all three parties have promised, including:

  • Restoring funding to ECE, which has suffered a nine year subsidy freeze, and returning to 100 percent qualified teachers for every child.
  • A funding jolt for schools, which have been increasing parent donations dramatically in order to cope with the shortfall.
  • Dramatically increasing the number of children funded to receive additional learning support – thousands of kids are currently missing out.
  • Better and more culturally appropriate support for Māori and Pasifika learners.
  • Centrally funding support staff so schools aren’t forced to cut back on learning support for children when their budgets are tight.

“After nine years of neglect and deliberate underfunding, fixing school and early childhood education will not be easy and it won’t be cheap. But all our children are worth it,” Ms Stuart said.

For more information

  • Lynda Stuart, NZEI Te Riu Roa President 021 211 5890
  • Leah Haines, Head of Media and Communications 027 268 3291


  1. Now that we have a Labour led government it is the time to write to Chris Hipkins the Minister of Education elect to hold him to his word and eliminate the mindless NCEA over-assessment that according to the ERO report (2015) on student well-being causes so much harm to student mental health.

    Here is Chris’ email address: Chris.Hipkins@parliament.govt.nz
    This is Chris’ position on over-assessment communicated to me in an email 20 September, 2017.

    “Thank you for your email. I am responding as I am Labour’s Education Spokesperson.
    I absolutely agree that our education system needs to be over hauled. There is so much pressure placed on kids to achieve NCEA. It’s more ‘high stakes’ than it has ever been. There is far too much emphasis on learning as preparation for assessment rather than a well-rounded, broadly based education. We need to look at over-assessment in senior schooling. Today’s kids are the most tested and assessed in New Zealand’s history and that’s putting them under enormous pressure and narrowing down the focus and value of the education that they receive. Labour will review the workload involved with NCEA with a view to reducing the amount of assessment undertaken and re-focussing our schools and teachers on a broad-based education that prepares students to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
    You can read more about our education policy here: http://www.labour.org.nz/educationmanifesto
    Kind Regards,
    Chris Hipkins”


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