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Teachers' and Principals' hauora - health and wellbeing survey

Principals need time to lead and teachers need time to teach, but the massive workload and pressure in our schools is taking a toll on their personal health.

Since 2016, NZEI Te Riu Roa has commissioned comprehensive and quantitative research into principals' hauora, health and wellbeing. These surveys have provided us with very rich, valuable evidence around the increasing stress and workloads that principals are experiencing.

As a result of this, NZEI Te Riu Roa will be continuing to document and gather evidence of burn out and stress in the sector. We have asked teacher members in primary, intermediate, kura, area and special schools to participate in the same survey over the next three years 2019-2021.

It is important that teachers and principals complete these surveys, especially in the face of COVID-19 and the challenges that that has brought on.


Teachers and principals who have completed surveys in previous years should have already received their survey link from Deakin University. 

If you have not completed a survey in previous years, NZEI Te Riu Roa will email you by the end of August. 


By filling out the online survey, you’ll help to compile valuable data about the actual state of wellbeing in the profession. This will provide vital evidence as we work with the government on the Accord that was agreed as part of your collective agreement settlements.

The survey will also give you personal and private feedback, and information about any steps you need to take to improve your wellbeing.

It will take about one hour to complete the survey, and you can stop at any time to complete it later.

There are separate surveys for principals and teachers, although APs and DPs who have completed previous principal surveys should continue to do the principal version. 

Watch a video from NZEI Te Riu Roa President Liam Rutherford about why this survey is so important

Frequently asked questions

Reports from previous Principal's surveys

Read the reports from the previous Principals' health and wellbeing surveys.