Julie-Anne Roberts


Nominated for:

  • Support Staff sector representative
  • General membership

Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

I started working in education in 2006 at a small South Auckland decile 1 Primary school. I joined NZEI in January 2006 and have been an active member of NZEI since then. In 2015 I moved from the Primary School to a reasonably large South Auckland Secondary School to take on the role of Executive Office Assistant - PA to the Principal and Senior Leadership Team [6 members] Payroll/BOT Secretary/Website co-ordinator. In 2019 my role within the school changed and now I am a Leadership Support Specialist - Office Manager/Enrolments/Events/Hauora and community. I oversee eight amazing support staff in the office and resource centre for the school.

In 2015 I was involved in the planning and the establishment of the Counties Manukau Area Council that was officially launched in 2016. My Principal and colleagues fully support me in the roles I have undertaken with NZEI including my role as the current Support Staff National Executive Representative.


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

  • National Executive Support Staff Representative - 2020
  • Counties Manukau Area Council - Chairperson 2018-2019
  • Auckland Education Summit Hui Attendee - 2018
  • Pay Equity Rally Organiser and Speaker - Auckland May 2018
  • Pay Equity Team - Admin 2018 - currently
  • NZEI Associate Award for Activism at Annual Conference - 2017
  • Fees Working Group - 2017 - 2019
  • Counties Manukau Area Council - Secretary 2016 - 2017
  • Support Staff Mentor - Support Staff Annual scholarships 2016, 2017
  • Support Staff Speaker - NZEI/PPTA Bulk Funding combined meeting at Manukau September 2016
  • Support Staff Industrial Forum Representative - 2012
  • Auckland Area Council - SSNCKT Representative 2011 - 2016
  • Support Staff Work Site Rep - 2011 - 2015 at my previous school and 2017 - 2019
  • Papakura Branch President - 2011 - 2019
  • Facilitated Support Staff PUM's - 2010 - currently
  • Support Staff Negotiation Team - 2011
  • Attendee at NZEI Annual Meeting/Conference - 2009 - currently [every year]

I am honoured to have represented Support Staff at a national level this year. 2020 a year that we won't ever forget with the arrival of Covid-19 in New Zealand and NZEI was there to support us throughout this period.


Other background and personal information

I have two grown sons, two daughter in laws and two 13 year old stepsons. My husband and family support me fully to be part of the NZEI Te Riu Roa National Exec Team.

I enjoy working together for our common vision while maintaining a focus on the sector campaigns. I am committed to and encourage others to be conversant around Tiriti o te Waitangi. I work hard to promote the values, objectives and policies of NZEI Te Riu Roa within all sectors in our membership and enjoy working together with National Executive and the wider membership around our common vision and maintaining a focus on the various sector campaigns.

I feel really passionate about Support Staff and the vital roles we play in education and look forward to all Support Staff getting the professional recognition that we deserve. It is exciting to see that the teacher aides in schools have won their Pay Equity and I look forward to the rest of the sectors within Support Staff achieving these wins.

Nominated by Howick Branch. Supported by Counties Manukau Area Council.