Barb Curran


Nominated for:

  • Vice President
  • Primary teaching sector
  • General membership

Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

  • BA Smith College (USA) 1989
  • MA College of William and Mary (1994)
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Christchurch College of Education) 2002

I am a full-time classroom teacher and proudly lead Team Puāwai (Year 5 and 6) at Pleasant Point Primary School. I was raised by two educators, my sister is a university lecturer, and I have many other family members who are or were involved in education. Much of my understanding and passion for education comes from being in "the family business". My time at all levels of activism within NZEI Te Riu Roa has developed and deepened my whole of union understanding and I make decisions from that perspective.

After five years on National Executive, I understand the time and energy required to fulfil the requirements of the role and meet the expectations of members. My communication skills are very strong and I pride myself on my ability to listen as well as to speak. I am a strong local voice for NZEI Te Riu Roa issues in my Branch and local area, as well as nationally - in person and online.

In my time as an activist, we have made some great gains for our members, and this is an exciting time as we look to consolidate and extend these gains for all our sectors. I believe that I have the experience, skills and knowledge to step up and serve NZEI Te Riu Roa as part of the National Executive leadership.


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

  • 2016-present National Executive

    • Liaison Roles

      • 2017-present NE Liaison to Waitaha Canterbury Area Council
      • 2016 NE Liaison to Otago Area Council

    • NE Workgroups

      • 2020 Governance, Māutauranga Māui/Climate Change
      • 2019 Governance, Internal Leadership (Chair)
      • 2016-2018 External Leadership, Leading the Profession

    • Other Roles/Representations

      • 2020 Teaching Council Advisory Group (Annual Certification)
      • Learning Support Workgroup
      • 2019 Delegate CTU Women's Conference
      • 2019 CPA PLD Priorities Workgroup
      • 2018 NZEI TRR Representative AEU Federal Women's Conference
      • 2017 Career Framework Governance Group

  • 2015-2016 PTCA Negotiation Team
  • 2011-2016 PTLT Member for Waitaha Canterbury
  • 2012-2015 South Canterbury Branch President
  • 2012-2016 Waitaha Area Council Executive (VP 2012)
  • 2007 Murihiku District Council Chairperson
  • 2006 Murihiku Branch Vice President
  • 2005-2007 PCTAG Member for Murihiku Southland
  • 2002-2007 Worksite Rep Otautau School


Other background and personal information

I live in Geraldine in beautiful South Canterbury, where I try to take advantage of the natural and cultural assets of the area. For the past twenty years, I have been a member of Toastmasters and recently attained my Advanced Communicator Gold award.  I love to read, to hear new ideas and to learn. I have been trying to learn te reo Māori online through Toro Mai, but have decided that I need an in-person option to progress! I swim whenever I can. Most of my family is in the USA, including a niece and nephew who hold half my heart each.

I have the support of my principal, school, Branch and AC to undertake this work, and would very much appreciate your support as well.

Nominated by South Canterbury Branch.