Your role at Annual Conference

Annual Conference is the most important gathering of NZEI Te Riu Roa leaders.

This year for Annual Conference, the theme is Whakamana Tangata. As an outcome of this conference, we want every member in NZEI Te Riu Roa to know they have a place in the union. For their knowledge, expertise, background, contribution, and diversity to be valued and respected. The people who attend annual conference have a role to enable this to happen.

At Annual Conference, 400 leaders from all across Aotearoa New Zealand will:

  • shape the policy and direction of NZEI Te Riu Roa in the Annual Meeting sessions
  • explore the challenges and opportunities of being inclusive.
  • strategise and plan the pathway forward to overcome these challenges and make the most of opportunities, and
  • put these plans into action to make a real difference in people's lives.

Your Area Council or Branch will also brief you on your role and responsibilities before Annual Conference.

Flights and transfers

For those people travelling to conference by plane we're using Ritchies Buses to shuttle you from Rotorua Airport. Look up your flight number then, when you land, keep an eye out for Ritchies! (The flight numbers are for the flights coming into/out of Rotorua. So if you're catching 2 flights, please look at your second flight number, and your first when leaving)

We've booked the following:

Saturday 29 September
Pick-up from Rotorua Airport

Sunday 30 September
Pick-up from Rotorua Airport TO Rotorua Energy Events Centre

Wednesday 3 October

Pick-up from Rotorua Energy Events Centre TO Rotorua Airport

Baggage transfers

For those arriving by plane on the Sunday, there will be a place to store your baggage at the Energy Events Centre. The Ritchies bus will take your bags to the Hotels! So please ensure you clearly label your baggage.

You will be given the following baggage tags:

  • Millennium - Green Tag
  • Sudima - Orange Tag
  • Novotel - Yellow Tag

Network breakfasts and dinners

Networks, sectors, and regions often organise their own breakfasts and dinners to get together and explore the challenges and opportunities in education. More opportunities are advertised on the screens during the breaks of Annual Conference.

Leave from Annual Conference

It is expected that representatives attend the whole of Annual Conference. Sometimes, however, there are reasons why you may need leave from Annual Conference.

There are formal procedures to be followed when you apply for leave from the Annual Conference and all requests must go before the National President.

Apply for leave using the form below. Once completed, we'll contact you about your leave application.