Zac Markham


Nominated for:

  • Vice President
  • Primary teaching sector
  • General membership

Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

Bachelor of Education Massey University (1996.) Diploma of teaching - Palmerston North College of Education (1992 -1995.) Associate Award - union activism (2014.)


Kia Ora, Talofa lava, Kia Orana and greetings to all!

My name is Zac Markham and I fully believe that 2020 is the year to stand for the National Executive. As an education sector and a wider society, we will be faced with many challenges due to the current coronavirus pandemic. I believe I bring experience and knowledge to the national executive table which can strengthen the links between leadership groups and grassroot members in Area Councils, Aronui Tomua and Branches.

My teaching experience has been based in specialist schools with the most complex and vulnerable learners. What the qualifications above will not tell you is the in-depth and specialist teaching strategies I have learnt and implemented over the past 14 years. This led me to presenting a workshop at the 2019 National Conference on using visual supports with our most vulnerable learners in schools / Kura and early childhood centres. As this workshop was so well received, the presentation is being presented within my local branch.

I have a strong and vibrant personality which allows me to speak passionately about a diverse range of issues in education and across our society in Aotearoa New Zealand. I would like to think I am known for debating the issues and solutions, rather than the people involved.

As a classroom leader, I am best described as a systemic and process driven person. At the centre of everything I do and strive for, is people. I believe the way we interact and communicate, influences how we inspire and motivate everyone involved in any organisation.

NZEI Te Riu Roa is no different. As an organisation, we should always be driven by the challenges faced by our members at grassroots level with the focus being on securing solutions by engaging positively but assertively with all stakeholders involved in education. As an organisation, we are a treaty based organisation. However this cannot be in words only. The philosophy towards Tikanga and Te reo Maori must be seen across NZEI Te Riu Roa.


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

Since becoming a member in 1998 I have remained active in NZEI Te Riu Roa and membership structures and opportunities. This journey started in South Auckland, being involved in the Papakura Waiuku, Manurewa and Franklin branches. Over the years I have held positions of Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer. These experiences led me to being involved in the Auckland and Counties Manukau Area Councils, being Vice Chairperson of both area councils at different times. It was an honour to be involved in the formation of the Counties Manukau Area Council in 2016.

My involvement within both of these groups and the associated campaigns over the years has contributed to my wide knowledge and understanding at various levels within NZEI Te Riu Roa and this provided solid grounding for my national level representation on both primary and early childhood NZEI's advisory groups.

Between 2004 and 2005 I represented early childhood on the National Executive, having the privilege of being the first male to hold this position.

Since moving to Rotorua in 2018 I have maintained my involvement in NZEI alongside many other grassroots members. This has included being the branch secretary for the last two years and becoming more involved in the Te Rohe o Waiariki Area Council as an executive member.


Other background and personal information

I have four children Hannah, Harry, Blayke and Lily. I live in Rotorua with my partner Rachel.  I reside in the same community as my school. Working and living within the same community gives me insight and appreciation for the issues faced by many of the families we support on a daily basis.

My two sons both need support with their learning. Harry receives his education within a specialist school context and Blayke attends a mainstream school. My fundamental belief is every child has the right to attend an early childhood centre or school that best suits their learning needs to thrive and feel success.

I enjoy walking and experiencing the outdoors and love supporting the warriors!  I live in hope they will win a championship one day!!

Nominated by Rotorua Branch.