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
Te Puke branch will join the rally only as they are doing community service action.
|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
|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)
|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
10.00am - 12.30pm
|Adventure Playground, Levin (then on to Palmerston North to rally in the Square at 10.00am)||7.30am - 9.00am|
|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|
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
|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
11:45 March up main street leafleting to MP’s office
12:30 Debrief back at Main street.
|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:
|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
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.
|Meet at Tim Shadbolt Stand, Stadium Southland, Invercargill. Update, straw poll||10am|
|Gore||Meet at “The Trout”. Straw poll, briefing and picket||11am|