Teacher aide mana taurite / pay equity settlement


Today’s teacher aides are highly skilled educators, assisting the learning and ensuring the wellbeing of children with often complex medical, physical, learning and/or behavioural needs. However, their pay and conditions do not fairly value this work.

In September 2017, NZEI Te Riu Roa lodged a pay equity claim on behalf of all teacher aides, providing evidence that their work is mostly done by women and that it is undervalued as “women’s work.”

This settlement is the result of the collective strength and action of NZEI Te Riu Roa members and a long pay equity process that has involved evidence gathering, interviews with comparitors and negotiations with the Ministry of Education.

About the settlement

The pay equity settlement for teacher aides includes pay increases, changes to the way skills are assessed, a new allowance, changes to how much hours can be varied, and the development of career pathways.

Combining the 2019 collective agreement pay rise with the pay equity settlement, teacher aides received pay rises of 23-34% across 2020.

That’s an increase of $4 to $6.60 an hour, recognising the true value of teacher aides’ skills, responsibilities and experience.

It is important to know that these pay increases are funded by the Ministry increasing the operations grant every term – based on actual hours teacher aides work – and then requiring schools to specifically target that money to the teacher aide pay increases.

For teacher aides employed prior to 29 November 2019

Click here to download the pay table as a PDF

For teacher aides who first started on or after 29 November 2019

Click here to download pay table as a PDF

Other settlement details

Teacher aide job descriptions

NZEI Te Riu Roa have put together some guidance on what a job descriptions should look like for a teacher aide. This is to help ensure that your job descriptions reflect the work you do.

Settlement timeline

  • 2 - 14 June

    Zoom hui series to discuss the proposed settlement

    Zoom hui series for teacher aides to learn about the settlement and ask questions. Attendees will receive a $25 payment once the endorsement process is complete.

  • 15 - 19 June

    Online settlement endorsement voting

    Teacher aides will vote online to endorse the settlement

  • 24 - 29 June

    Electronic ballot to vary the collective agreement

    NZEI Te Riu Roa support staff members vote in an electronic ballot to vary their collective agreement to include the settlement.

  • By 3 July

    Result of the electronic ballot

    Support staff are notified of the ballot result.

  • From 3 July


    Teacher aides are translated to the new pay steps

    Teacher aides are automatically translated to the new pay grades. NZEI Te Riu Roa members will receive advice and support to make sure they are on the right grade.

  • By November


    Payment of new rates begins

    Payment of new rates begins, back-paid to 12 February. Some negotiated translations to higher steps may take effect later.

Resources to download