8 October 2019
NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed a statement from Finance Minister Grant Robertson that the Government is set to make
"record investments" in education. The Finance Minister signalled the spending while announcing a $7.5b surplus in the
year to June earlier today.
NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says that while the union has settled large collective agreements across
primary, intermediate and area schools this year, there are still significant parts of the education sector that are
severely underfunded and in need of government attention.
"Our top priorities are fixing the pay gap in early childhood education, and a pay equity settlement for teacher aides.
It's heartening to hear from Government that they see education spending as a priority. Now it's a matter of us pushing
to see that increase in funding as soon as possible so that we can properly value the people working in those areas," he
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.