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Teacher aide mana taurite / pay equity settlement

Teacher aides have now endorsed this pay equity settlement!

Teacher aides will be automatically translated to new pay steps.

NZEI Te Riu Roa is holding paid union meetings for members between 20 July - 13 August to help teacher aides understand the translation and regrading process and to get advice. 

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This settlement only applies to school teacher aides. We are working to progress pay equity claims for other support staff groups.

Attend a paid union meeting

We're holding paid union meetings for NZEI Te Riu Roa members to help you understand the translation and regrading process and to get advice.

Watch a pre-recorded Zoom hui

Our NZEI Te Riu Roa advocate and teacher aide member talks through the settlement details.


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 last year’s collective agreement pay rise with the pay equity settlement, teacher aides will receive 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.

The 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.

Therefore, there is no reason why teacher aides’ hours of work should be reduced because of the pay equity settlement. If you believe this has happened or might happen, call the NZEI Te Riu Roa Member Support Centre on 0800 693 443.

New pay rates

Other settlement details

Register for an online Zoom hui to find out details of the settlement

NZEI Te Riu Roa hosted a series of Zoom hui to help teacher aides understand the settlement and have their frequently asked questions answered.

If you're a teacher aide but were unable to attend one of these hui, you can watch an on-demand hui to find out all the settlement details.

Voting to endorse the settlement

Teacher aides have voted to endorse the settlement.

The next steps are that NZEI Te Riu Roa support staff members will vote to vary their collective agreement to take in the pay equity settlement.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Resources to download