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Rallies, events and gatherings to support primary teacher and principal strike action on 15 August


Join our day of action to show your support for primary school teachers and principals holding full-day strike action on Wednesday 15 August!

Events are happening up and down the country to send a strong message to the Government that it is time to fix the crisis in teaching. Find your nearest one below.

This means freeing teachers to teach so every child receives the personal attention they need to learn and thrive. It means freeing principals to focus on leading and it means ensuring we have enough teachers by attracting more people to teaching, by respecting them as professionals and paying them properly.

Wear bright colours, bring a banner or flag, and be prepared to make some noise!

These are fun, family-friendly events for friends, whānau and anyone who cares about education in Aotearoa to show support for our primary teachers and principals.






Tai Tokerau / Ngā Tātaha

AT Manaia ki Tutamoe

Meet at Forum North, march to Whangarei Town Square (Cameron St) 11am at Forum North, 12 noon at Town Square
Bay Of Islands

AT Hokianga ki Taumarere

Turner Centre , Kerikeri – then walk into town to park beside the public library 11am

AT Te Hiku o te Ika

Kaitaia Intermediate at 11am march to 12 noon in town centre (venue tbc) 11am at Kaitaia Intermediate.

12 noon march


AT Manaia ki Tutamoe

Meet in Methodist Hall 11am walk into town (Countdown Carpark) for 12 noon (venue tbc) 11am at hall, 12 noon in town centre
Auckland /Counties-Manukau / Ngā Tātaha
Auckland / Counties Manukau ACs, Kaipara Branch, Rodney-Otamatea branch, AT Manukau Whānui, AT Tamaki Makaurau Queen St / Aotea Square Meet in Fort St 11am for march up Queen St to Aotea Square for 12 noon rally
Waikato / Ngā Tātaha

AT Te Mangai Māori o Waikato

Practice Field next to Waikato Stadium - corner of Mill and Tristram Streets, Hamilton 11am – 1pm
Waihi Meet at 'The Porch' in Waihi beach. We'll then move to the Pump House in Waihi Town before walking down to the Moresby Ave roundabout around midday. 10.30am - 1pm

AT Mangai Māori o Waikato

AT Te Rohe Potae

Meet at Farmers Market

Then rally at three points:

*Te Koutu Gates *Roundabout clock tower

*Roundabout down by Rumor (Victoria and Duke Streets).

AT Tokoroa Tokoroa CBD - Information Centre, Leith Place Tokoroa 10am-1pm
Taumarunui / Central King Country Meet outside Taumarunui Primary School. March down Main Street to the RSA 10 am
Te Kuiti / Maniapoto Meet outsite Te Kuiti Primary. March along Rora St to the Shearing Statue. Then rally outside Stoked Energy where members can get a free coffee. 11am - 1pm
Bay of Plenty / Ngā Tātaha
Tauranga/Te Puke/AT Tauranga Moana Meet at Coronation Park,

March through Mt Shopping Centre to Mt Drury

Rally at Mt Drury

Theme: Green


Te Puke branch will join the rally only as they are doing community service action.




12 noon-1pm


AT Rotorua

Starting point is the Village Green stage Cnr of Memorial Dr and Whakaue St

Then march to the Lake Front/Central Mall

11am – 1pm
Taupo Walk from the fire station to the Library

Theme:  Hi Vis

Whakatane (Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki branches; AT Mātaatua; AT Manaakitia Ōpōtiki) Gathering at the Soccer Club, Rex Morpeth Park, Whakatane

Hīkoi / march to Whakatāne library hub

7.30 am
Central East

AT Turanga

Assemble Cosmopolitan Club for Opening of Event.

Rally and assemble at visible allocated points around the City.

Closure of event at Kelvin Park

10.00am - 1.00pm
Napier / Hastings / Central Hawkes Bay / AT Whanganui ā Orotu/AT Kahuranaki Assemble Soundshell (Napier)

Plenary Speakers, Music and Rally. March down Emerson Street to Memorial  Square


AT Kahungunu ki Wairoa

Meet at the library and walk down to the Wairoa Bridge for demonstration.


We will set up an information tent by the lighthouse - everyone to sign and write comments - comments also to be written on blank poster frames - encourage community to also sign the book.

10.30am - 1.00pm

AT Hikurangi ki te Tairawhiti

Event cancelled due to weather.

- Teachers remain on strike and therefore do not attend school/kura.
- members will conduct radio interviews from home.
- Kaareen will support the Gisborne/AT Turanga event
Te Haunui Central

AT ki Whanganui

Congregating opposite the Ministry of Education office outside Whanganui City College, 84 Ingestre St. Marching to Majestic Square. 11.00am – 1pm
Palmerston North - (Manawatu, Feilding, Southern Hawkes Bay branches)

AT Manawatu

7.30am - 9.00am gathering at various sites in Palmerston North to demonstrate/ capture public attention: Corner of Rangitikei and Tremain Streets; Ruahine / Tremaine Streets; Main Street - Memorial Park; Summerhill - Gravel Pit; Fitzherbert Bridge; Square - Ferguson /Fitzherbert Streets/ Colleague / Fitzherbert Streets; Pioneer Highway/ Botanical Road; Ashhurst (roundabout - Blue Pub behind roundabout); Sanson State Highway 1


Te Awe Awe Quadrant of the Square

7.30am -9.00am

10.00am - 12.30pm


AT Manawatu

Adventure Playground, Levin (then on to Palmerston North to rally in the Square at 10.00am) 7.30am - 9.00am

AT Manawatu

St Mary’s School, State Highway 1, Foxton (then on to Palmerston North to rally in the Square at 10.00am) 8.00am - 9.00am

AT ki Ruapehu

Rally outside Waiouru Army museum 11am - 1.00pm
New Plymouth

AT Parininihi ki Taipake

Demonstrations in high vis positions in New Plymouth, Inglewood and Waitara in the morning and afternoon.

Puke Ariki Landing – march through town down Devon Street,  New Plymouth

8.00am and 3.30pm



Hawera (South Taranaki and Patea-Waverley branches)

AT Parininihi ki Taipake

March to town square from different parts of the town.

Rally to commence at 12noon


12 noon

Wellington (including AT Whanganui ā Tara, Hutt Valley, Heretaunga, Mana, Kāpiti, Wainuiomata and Wellington North branches) Gathering at Westpac Stadium




Rally at Parliament

From 10.30 coffee cart available

People to be seated by 11:00am for short update

11.20am people get ready to start to march along concourse to Parliament


12:00pm – 1.00pm

Wairarapa / South Wairarapa Rally at Town Square (outside Town Hall), Masterton 12 Noon


Te Tau Ihu ō te Waka ā Māui (Nelson)
Nelson/Motueka/AT Whakatu Combined walk  to Trafalgar Street / Nelson Cathedral steps through town from different locations

9.30 Motueka meeting

10.30 Nelson Resource prep

11.30 Combined walk  to Trafalgar Street/

Nelson Cathedral steps through town from different locations

12.00 - 12.45 Speakers

“taking action for a brighter future’

Marlborough Town Centre Blenheim 11.00 meet to get our signs organised etc and march through town during lunch time

1.15 ish to finish at The Forum.


Golden Bay Commercial St Takaka 10.30 meet at the Community Centre, prepare signs, walk the main street - community engagement at The Village Green 12.00 - 1.00
Buller Main street, Westport 11:00 Gather and prepare for March

11:30 Rally

11:45 March up main street leafleting to MP’s office

12:30 Debrief back at Main street.

Waitaha Canterbury
Christchurch (including Ashley, Ellesmere and Malvern branches and AT Waitaha) Cathedral Square: members meet in 4 designated areas throughout the city and bus into the city and converge on the square.

After presentations 3 separate walks/marches around the city meeting back at the square.

10:00 members meet in locations throughout the city

11:00 meet in Cathedral square

11:30 Presentations from Nat Exec and other unions

12:00 3 marches around the city

1:00 Meet back in Cathedral square for final rally

Mid Canterbury Meet at the paddling pool in Ashburton Domain and march in Main streets 11:00 Meet at the paddling pool in Ashburton Domain.

11:15 March along main streets.

12:00 Meet back at the Domain

South Canterbury Meet at Caroline Bay to prepare for rally / event. 10:30 Meet at Caroline Bay

11:00 presentation by branch and Nat Exec

11:30 Split into 2 groups to march / walk into town leafleting on the way

Greymouth Meet in town square and march around the main centre. 11:45 Meet in main centre

12:00 Member leaders lead rally

12:15 March to mps office and back to main centre

Dunedin (including AT Otepoti) Edgar Centre and Portsmouth drive 10.00am Meet at Edgar Centre (Lion Arena) - prepare placards and/or BYO signs - bring vivids, cardboard and staple guns, megaphones, whistles.

10.30am Rally at Edgar Centre

11.00am March from Edgar Centre to the teeth

11.30am Chant at the teeth

11.45am Walk back to cars - go back to specified rally points:

  • Gardens Corner Cricket nets
  • Anzac Park Mosgiel
  • Queens Garden
  • Lower Octagon
  • Edgar Centre
  • Claire Curran's office corner
Palmerston (Coastal North Otago Schools option) Meet outside Pharmacy in Palmerston to Picket SH 11.00 am
Oamaru Meeting at community hall to make placards and straw poll

Walking to corner of Thames St and Severn St to picket

10.30 am


11.30am - 2:30pm


Meet for placard making at St Margarets (Frankton Schools) and St Peters (Central Town Schools)


Assemble for rally - Frankton Schools to Frankton Rd Strip and Central Town Schools to Village Green



Wanaka Meeting at community hall to make placards and straw poll

Meeting at the Wanaka Waterfront  to picket along



11:30am - 2:30pm

Alexandra Meeting at Community Hall to make placards and straw poll

Meeting at Pioneer Park to picket



11:30am - 2:30pm

Balclutha (incl Milton) Meet at South Otago Town and Country Club, Balclutha

Walk from T&C Club to Green space between Yarmouth & Lowestoft Streets facing State Highway 1 to picket.

Murihiku Southland

AT Murihiku

Meet at Tim Shadbolt Stand, Stadium Southland, Invercargill. Update, straw poll 10am
Gore Meet at “The Trout”. Straw poll, briefing and picket 11am