Petition to Education Minister Chris Hipkins

Pākiki ki te Minita o te Mātauranga, a Chris Hipkins.

To the Minister of Education,

We stand in support of teachers and principals in their current collective agreement and pay negotiations.

We ask that the Ministry of Education significantly improve the offers that have been made to teachers and principals.

We ask that you make new offers to teachers and principals that:

  • Provide more teachers, so our children can get more attention in class

  • Provide more resources and staffing to adequately support children with additional learning needs

  • Provide a significant increase in teachers' salaries so that they are properly valued, and as a country we can recruit and retain teachers.


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Ki te Minita o te Mātauranga.

Ka tū tātou hei tautoko i ngā kaiako, i ngā tumuaki me a rātou kirimana whakariterite utu.

Ka inoi atu ki te Minita o te Mātauranga,kia whakawhanake (whakapai ake) ngā tāpaetanga kua tuku kētia ki ngā kaiako me ngā tumuaki. 

Ko tā mātou akiaki ki a koe, kia hōu ngā tāpaetanga ki ngā kaiako me ngā tumuaki hei:

  • Whakarawetia ngā kaiako, kia aro tōtika rātou ki ngā tamariki ki roto i ngā akomanga.

  • Whakarawetia ngā rauemi me ngā kaimahi kia ahei rātou te tautoko i ngā mate ako o ngā tamariki.

  • Whakarawetia kia piki ake ngā utu o ngā kaiako, kia whakamīha i a rātou, ā, kia kimi kaiako anō, kia pupuri hoki i a ratou hei oranga mō te mātauranga o Aotearoa.


New Zealand's losing more and more teachers...

Kids need teachers, yet schools are struggling to fill teacher vacancies, with some schools reporting zero applicants for vacant positions.

Within a decade, NZ will be short 1,800 teachers.

There are growing numbers of children entering school, yet there has been a 40% reduction in people training to be teachers.

There just aren't enough teachers to give your kids the education they deserve. There is also a desperate need for more support for children with additional learning needs.

Why are teachers striking and what are they asking for?

Teachers and principals are in collective employment negotiations and are asking for:

  • More teachers - so your kids can get more attention
  • More resources and staff  - to support children with additional learning needs
  • A pay jolt to teachers' salaries to address the teacher shortage - so that your children will have a teacher in the future

Can the Government afford it?

This is about choices. A 16% increase in primary teacher salaries would cost $300 million a year. This is equivalent to 4km of the $1.9 billion Warkworth to Wellsford motorway. Or approximately one cockpit of one of the four new military planes the Government has purchased.

Do other New Zealanders support these issues?

Yes, 91% of NZers want more money to be spent on education. And 83% think teachers need a pay increase. The vast majority of them think teachers need a decent pay increase, and 67% even thought double digits.

Authorised by Paul Goulter, National Secretary, NZEI Te Riu Roa, 178 Willis Street Wellington