14 August 2013
NZEI Te Riu Roa reiterates Living Wage call following social survey
Stress and poverty caused by low income is severely damaging the education of thousands of New Zealand children.
NZEI National President Judith Nowotarski says she’s appalled that the New Zealand General Social Survey: 2012 released
yesterday has revealed that nearly half of respondents say they are struggling with low wages and incomes.
“Low income and poverty are having a profound effect on the education of thousands of children in this country.
“Our growing inequity is one of the leading causes of educational underachievement. This is something teachers and
school support staff see every day.”
“These children arrive at school severely disadvantaged and not ready to learn.
“Once again, we would call on the Government to take a close look at the effect its policies are having on children from
“As a first step towards fairness and equity, we ask all employers, including the Government, to listen to the call for
a living wage.
“This would help give many more children a better chance to succeed in education.”
NZEI Te Riu Roa
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.