Byron Sanders


Nominated for:

  • General membership

Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

My professional life has been dedicated to the pursuits of education and psychology in an attempt to ensure all ākonga receive high quality public education. I hold a range of graduate and postgraduate qualifications (PGDipEdDevPsych, PDCertEdPsych, MA, BA, PGDipArts, BTeach). I am proud to have had six years as a Primary Teacher across a range of year levels. In the last five years I have worked for the Ministry of Education's Learning Support services as a Special Education Advisor, Psychologist and Service Manager. In my current professional role as a Service Manager I work alongside the breadth of NZEI Te Riu Roa's membership assisting Support Staff, Teachers (ECE, primary, secondary, RTLB), Principals, and my Ministry of Education colleagues to successfully work with complex tamariki and their whānau in a variety of educational settings. I am proud to hold registration with both the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and with the New Zealand Psychologists' Board.


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

As an active member of NZEI Te Riu Roa for over 10 years I have always made it a high priority to keep fully informed about education matters across all sector groups, ensuring a true 'whole of union' perspective. I am privileged to have held the following roles:

  • National Executive (2017-Present)

    • Otago Area Council Liaison (2019-2020);
    • Murihiku Area Council Liaison (2017-2018);
    • National Executive Finance Committee (2019-2020);
    • Education Reform Workgroup - Chair (2019-2020);
    • Leading the Profession Workgroup (2017-2020); and
    • Sector Leadership Workgroup (2017-2018).

  • Special Education National Reference Group (SENRG) - NLG (2016-Present)

    • National Executive Liaison (2017-2020);
    • Field Staff Representative (2016-2017);
    • Learning Support Service Manager - Reference Group (2019-2020);
    • Learning Support Field Staff Workload Working Group (2019);
    • Learning Support Field Staff Collective Agreement - Negotiating Team (2018); and
    • Learning Support Update Reference Group (2017).

  • Otago Area Council (2014-Present)
  • Elected Roles (2014-2016).

    • Otago Branch (2011-Present)
    • Treasurer (2016);
    • Secretary (2015);
    • Representative for Annual Meetings (2014-2016); and
    • Supported establishment of the Otago chapter of the New Educators' Network.

Beyond these official roles I have also provided professional development workshops for a diverse range of members, spoken at NZEI Te Riu Roa national hui, represented our organisation at conferences on behalf of the membership, contributed to working groups and attended countless meetings to support the kaupapa of NZEI Te Riu Roa.


Other background and personal information

I am one of 6 children, born and raised in Invercargill. Over the last 13 years I have called Dunedin home, where my partner and I own a home in sunny Mosgiel. We enjoy spending time with family and friends and cooking authentic foreign foods from all over the world. I enjoy keeping fit through running and team sports, socialising with friends and meeting new people, or quietly curling up with a good book or movie. I am a strong advocate for social justice, equity and I stand together with you all in our union, NZEI Te Riu Roa.

Nominated by Otago Branch. Endorsed by Otago Area Council.