Our pay equity campaign for educators

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Fair pay for ECE starts here

Early Childhood teachers and workers are some of the most important people in children's lives. 

We nurture children’s learning at the most crucial time in their education. Yet we’re some of the lowest paid people in New Zealand.

Today we’re putting an end to being under-valued and underpaid, just because our work has historically been done by women.

We’re starting a new movement, making a historic claim for pay equity for everyone working in ECE.

Teachers and staff are joining forces from all over the country, in private and community-run centres, in an unprecedented show of strength and unity.

For many of us, particularly in private centres, this is the first opportunity to come together to fight for fair pay.

Learn more about the process, and sign up now.

Join the movement for pay equity

Join over 2,000 other people working in ECE who are ready for pay equity.

We'll keep this information completely confidential from your employer.

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Facts and questions

Who's covered, what happens, and more.

The pay equity process takes a few steps: first research, then negotiation.

Check out our pay equity process.


Can you help spread the word about pay equity in your centre? Great! Just grab these resources below and print them off.

Printable A3/A4 poster

Print off this poster on A4 or A3 paper to share in your centre—try the staffroom!


Share this flyer with your colleagues to help explain what we're fighting for.

Signup sheet

Gather the details of any staff members who'd like to be a part of this campaign, then scan it and email it back to oso@nzei.org.nz—or encourage them to sign up online!

Kristine Bartlett's message for NZEI members

We were lucky enough to sit down for a cuppa and a chat with Kristine Bartlett, the woman whose pay equity case has paved the way for more of us to win.