Important Dates

Important dates are:

  • 30 April - Closing date for recommendations for Honorary Fellow or Life Member
  • 12 June - Registrations Open (note date change)
  • 14 June - Closing date for nominations for Associate or Fellow
  • 27 June - Closing date for the receipt of Resolutions to amend rules or policy
  • 19 July - Closing date for nominations for National Executive positions
  • 27 July - Registrations Close*
  • 27 July - Resolutions to amend rules and policy notified
  • September 27 - Annual Meeting begins

*Late registrations will still be considered however, they may close without prior notice.


Registration is now openWe ask that Branch, Aronui Tōmua, and Komiti Pasifika Secretaries register their representatives and observers, so please get in touch with your local secretary if you’re keen to attend. 

To help you prepare for registrations, each attendee will need to have a unique email address they can access during the meetingWe’ll be using this email address to provide the link to join the virtual Annual Meeting and for voting for National Executive. 


Registration closes on 27 July. 

Annual Meeting Representative and Observer Entitlements for 2020

Each BranchAromui Tomua, and Komiti Pasifika are entitled to have a specific number of Representatives and Observers attend Annual Meeting. See the entitlement for 2020. 


NZEI Te Riu Roa has procedures whereby it can recognise those members who have given distinguished or outstanding service to education and / or the Institute.

Members considered for recognition will have conducted themselves in ways that promote and maintain the dignity and welfare of the Institute, advanced the cause of education and reflected their responsibility to learners and the community.

This recognition takes the form of the award of Honours, which are considered by the Honours Committee and made on behalf of the Union by National Executive and then announced at Annual Meeting


  • The closing date for recommendations for Honorary Fellow or Life Member was 30 April.
  • The closing date for nominations for Associate or Fellow is 14 June.
  • Nominations which are incorrect, incomplete or which do not include the necessary referee statements will not be considered by the Honours Committee.


The Institute’s annual meeting can amend, add to or repeal these rules (subject to any changes required by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies) and can also amend, add to or repeal NZEI Te Riu Roa policy. Any full or provisional Institute member can submit a resolution, for discussion at the Institute’s annual meeting, proposing that the rules or policy should be amended, added to or repealed, provided that the resolution has already been sanctioned by the National Executive or a meeting of the member’s Area Council or Branch.

In most situations, resolutions to amend, add to or repeal the rules or policy must be submitted on the correct form and accompanied by a supporting argument.

The closing date for resolutions to amend rules or policy is 27 June 2020.

Preparing your Representatives

Why is the meeting held virtually?

During Covid-19, much has changed and will continue to change in how we assemble, how we organise, and how we advocate for our profession. During this time, one thing has remained certain – NZEI Te Riu Roa is the collective voice of educators in Aotearoa.

There are two things that are vital for maintaining a strong and powerful collective voice. The first is the awhi we have for one another. We are a collective who care, a collective who support one another, and a collective who know we are stronger when we work together.

The second is kaitiakitanga. We all have a role in upholding democracy, the constitution of our union, and our 137-year history of advancing quality education for New Zealand tamariki and improving the working terms and conditions of educators.

Because of the current restrictions on large gatherings, and the uncertainty of when these will change, National Executive have made the difficult decision that our Annual Meeting for 2020 will be held online, on Sunday 27 September.

During Covid-19, your well-being and safety is paramount. Given the nature of this current crisis, the complexities of large gatherings and travel and the need to be there for our tamariki as we move through the next few months, it does not make sense for us to gather together as we usually would.

Meeting virtually instead enables us to fulfil our democratic and constitutional duties and attend to the running of the union, albeit in a different way.