Tahia te Marae online series

The Tahia te Marae online series further explores the pathways to our goals and the major collective agreement negotiations we have in 2021/22.

Watch the recordings of each session from the Tahia te Marae series.

Pathways to 2022

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Liam Rutherford and National Secretary Paul Goulter shared the mahi we need to do, the voices we need to empower, and the connections we need to make to deliver on the pathways to our goals and the major collective agreement negotiations we have in 2022.

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Australian politics and the international privatisation of education

Hear from Angelo Gavrielatos (President of the NSW Teachers Federation), Lynda Stuart (Immediate Past President), and Paul Goulter (NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary).


Our world is on fire, grab a bucket!

Michael Naylor (Executive Officer of UnionAID) and Mylene Cabalona (President of the BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) in the Philippines) talk about the union development movement  in the Asia and Pacific region and how COVID-19 has impacted some of the most underpaid and undervalued workers.

Mylene Cabalona

Pasifika child wellbeing and resilience

Jacinta Fa'alili-Fidow shared some of her work and research from Moana Research. She shared her insights and stories of how we might build resilience in Pasifika children, as well as the importance of Pasifika worldviews in the education sector.


Anti-racism: Institutional transformation

Tina Ngata shares her insights in her local organising which led to the Gisborne District Council formally committing an "anti-racism journey" policy, which will result on large investment to deliver on the Council's commitment to tangata whenua.


2020 Education Debate

Facilitated by NZEI Te Riu Roa President Liam Rutherford and moderated by NZEI Te Riu Roa member Tute Porter-Samuels, we live-streamed the online debate with spokespeople from all the major political parties who shared their vision for education, and answered the questions that were most important to members.

Election Debate

He Awa Ara Rau: A Journey of Many Paths. The journey of our rangatahi Māori through our education system

Piripi Prendergast shared the findings of the newly published report 'He Awa Ara Rau' which looks into the stories of one hundred rangatahi Māori from 11 years old to 21 years old and their journey in the education system. He also placed the wero of the need to change the way schools in New Zealand use streaming and the damaging affects that can have on tamariki.



The Green School New Zealand's $11.7 million injection: Public money to a profit-orientated private school- where's the equity!?

In late August, the Associate Finance Minister James Shaw announced a funding injection of $11.7 to the Green School New Zealand causing a furore from different group including teachers, school principals, NZEI Te Riu Roa, and from within the Green Party also.

Paul Johnson is Principal of Central School in New Plymouth and will talk to the local organising that took place in Taranaki amongst NZEI Te Riu Roa and New Plymouth Principals Association members, that saw a number of actions including the Minister issuing an apology.

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How to be an ally to children, whānau and colleagues

Kath Cooper and Tabby Beasly share their experiences  of how educators can support tamariki, whanau and colleagues as allies with the rainbow community.

Kath Cooper
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Ihumātao: how local mobilising captured Aotearoa

Speaker: Pania Newton, (Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta)

Pania's leadership of SOUL (Save Our Unique Landscape) mobilised people and communities locally, nationally and internationally, while capturing the attention of the public to Ihumātao.

Pania Newton is co-founder of the SOUL campaign. Led by mana whenua members whose families have resided for many generations and are dedicated to the preservation of Ihumātao - a rare cultural, historical, and ancestral landscape on the shores of the Manukau Harbour.


In 2015 Pania graduated from the University of Auckland with a Conjoint Degree in Law and Health Sciences. After graduating University Pania and her cousins established the Save Our Unique Landscape Campaign. This saw Pania leaving behind her career in law to dedicate her life to the preservation of Ihumātao.

Pania became a māmā this year, giving birth to her daughter on her whenua tipu of Ihumātao.