National Leadership Groups (NLGs)

National Leadership Group Representatives

A National Leadership Group representative (NLG rep) is a sector representative on an Area Council.1 There is one representative for primary teachers, principals, early childhood teachers, and support staff. NLG reps are active members in their Area Council.

NLG reps provide a link between sector-specific work at a national level and the closer-to-home organising work at a regional level. Several times a year, NLG reps attend National Leadership Group meetings where they share their expertise and work with other NLG representatives on the main challenges in education and the main challenges for their sector. NLG reps then take these discussions and actions back to the local members in their Area Council region.2

1. Or, in some cases, a representative from a sector organisation.
2. Or to their representative body.

What activities do NLG reps undertake?

There are lots of different activities NLG representatives can do in the role. Area Councils will have local events to help arrange and there will be actions to contribute to national NZEI Te Riu Roa campaigns.

Here's just a sample of activities NLG reps do:

  • Make friends and talk regularly with people in your area and your sector to canvas their views
  • Have fun and get involved in local activities organised by Area Councils and Branches
  • Encourage others to take part in local activities
  • Organise opportunities for people in your region to meet, such as professional development sessions or social
  • events
  • Plan and run local events for people in your area to support NZEI Te Riu Roa campaigns
  • Share your knowledge and skills by getting others to help you organise and run local get-togethers
  • Keep up to date on changes in education by reading your NZEI Te Riu Roa emails
  • Attend Area Council meetings and contribute the views of your sector
  • Talk about the challenges facing education with your other NLG representatives and help develop solutions
  • Share learning at NLG meetings with members back at home
  • Reflect on your learning and development and seek support when needed
  • Attend professional learning and development sessions
  • Share your skills and knowledge to help grow and develop other NZEI Te Riu Roa members

What attributes are needed as an NLG Rep?

National Leadership Group representatives:

  • Promote the values, objects and mana of NZEI Te Riu Roa through their actions
  • Reflect and demonstrate NZEI Te Riu Roa as a Treaty-based organisation in actions and planning
  • Conceptualise, plan, implement and support regional and sector organising activities
  • Understand sector implications of wider education and political contexts
  • Are prepared – listen, read, and critically analyse information, share and challenge your understanding
  • Think strategically, understand complex ideas, and identify possible solutions
  • Are connected to NZEI Te Riu Roa members regionally and lead NZEI Te Riu Roa sector activity
  • Display credible leadership with members and external organisations
  • Work as part of a collective, contribute to group decision making and stand by agreed decisions, and build power by working together and growing others
  • Are committed to ongoing learning and development

These attributes are from National Executive Report 2017/023.

Each Area Council will also have their own expectations for their NLG representatives. Representatives will need to make a commitment to attending:

  • Induction training for the role,
  • A maximum of four national meetings each year,
  • Running their own network,
  • Annual Conference, and
  • Area Council meetings.

The next induction training is:

  • Christchurch - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm - Tuesday 22 January 2019
  • Auckland - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm - Wednesday 23 January 2019

If you are a new NLG Representative, you will be invited to your closest induction training.

What support is available in the role?

At the beginning of the appointment term, new representatives will be invited to attend induction training for the role.

Additional training and support is offered at meetings by Area Councils and sector National Leadership Groups.

Key regional relationships are with their:

  • Area Council Chair,
  • National Executive Area Council liaison,
  • Lead Organiser or Field Staff.

Key national relationships are with their:

  • NLG sector convener,
  • National Executive sector liaison,
  • National Office staff liaison.

Additionally, the National Executive (Report 2016/032) has committed to offering opportunities for growing leadership through:

  • Mātauranga, mōhiotanga, māramatanga
  • Fostering collective and individual responsibility
  • Enabling and developing others’ leadership
  • Creating a safe place to grow
  • Providing opportunities, support and resources
  • Working together for a common vision

How can I be elected as an NLG Rep?

The National Executive passed resolutions in November 2011 (Minute no. 11/239) relating to the appointment of Area Council NLG representatives; these are summarised as follows:

  1. Area Councils are responsible for recommending suitable individuals to represent them on each of the four National Leadership Groups.
  2. The National President confirms NLG representative appointments.
  3. Appointments are for a period of two years. The term coincides with the appointment of the National Executive.

In electing their NLG representatives, Area Councils:

  • Canvas the various sectors through their networks
  • Talk to field staff and member officials
  • Ask Branches, Aronui Tōmua, and Komiti Pasifika for recommendations

Then:

  • Convene a selection process where there was one person available, or
  • Hold an election where there was more than one person available.

What are the National Leadership Groups?

Several times a year, NLG reps attend National Leadership Group meetings where they share their expertise and work with other NLG representatives on the main challenges in education and the main challenges for their sector. NLG reps then take these discussions and actions back to the local members in their Area Council region.

The National Leadership groups include:

  • Area Council Chairs
  • Early Childhood National Caucus (ECNC)
  • Primary Teachers' Leadership Team (PTLT)
  • Principals' Council (PC)
  • Support Staff National Caucus Kaiawhina Tautoko (SSNCKT)
  • Special Education National Reference Group (SENRG)