Membership matters 23 July 2020

Date: 6 August 2020


REMINDER: AGM is 5th September: Delegate registrations due now

The AGM of NZSTA to be held at 10.00am Saturday 05 September 2020 via Zoom.

You will find more information about registering your delegate in our last Membership Matters or on the Annual General Meeting page in the Membership section of our website (you will have to log in to access this page) or you can download both documents from the links in this newsletter.

URGENT REMINDER: Your Board or Principal needs to complete the 2020 Appointment of Delegate  form and return it to us by Friday 28 August 2020 so your board can be represented at AGM. If no-one from your board is able to attend the AGM in real time you can request that your NZSTA Regional Executive chairperson exercises a proxy vote on your behalf.

If you have difficulty with any aspect of this process please email or phone 04-471-6419.

  • More information is available from the AGM page on our website (you will need to log in to access this page).


NZSTA Conference is on! 16-18 April 2021, Rotorua

It’s on! Book your flights and pack your fancy dress!

Thanks for all your feedback about Conference and how disappointed you were that the COVID lockdown prevented us from going ahead with our original plans for July this year. We’re looking for the opportunity to make things even better next year, so we’ve moved the Conference date forward to the first week of the April school holidays (not Easter weekend!) so you don’t have to wait all year for it.

We’ll give you more information about registrations and schedules as we re-confirm the details. Watch this space!

Watch this space also for information about another membership event we’re planning for later in the year (probably October). 

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Attendance survey

Thanks to all of you who have responded to our survey on post-lockdown attendance. As at 28 July we had over 300 responses, including some very insightful and informative comments. The picture emerging from this survey is that

  • most respondents are confident that they are maintaining an appropriate focus on student attendance
  • schools with lower attendance rates monitor more closely than those with few or no attendance issues
  • schools with no concerns about attendance and truancy consider the present systems and supports to be adequate
  • schools with low attendance / high truancy are actively trying to manage this but say they find the current system and supports confusing and ineffective.

We will be using the information from this survey to inform our discussions with Ministry officials about how best to support boards with attendance and truancy in the coming months.

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Education and Training Act 2020 in force from Saturday 8 August

The Education and Training Act 2020 has passed through parliament and received the Royal Assent on Friday 31 July.

We understand that the Ministry of Education has already published advice for boards on their website. We were not consulted in the preparation of this advice, and were only advised after it had been published.  We are currently reviewing it so that we can provide further support and advice to boards through our advisory services. Watch this space.

The vast majority of provisions of the new Act have already taken effect as from Saturday 1 August.

Other provisions come into force as follows:

1 January 2021

1 January 2023


Twoprovisions relating to ECE licensing (Sections 17 and 18 come into force two years after the Royal Assent (1 August 2022) unless the Governor General appoints an earlier date by Order in Council   

Export Education Levy (EEL)

Schedule 1 of the Act (section 69) suspends the Export Education Levy (EEL) from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.

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Physical restraint and physical force

There is still no clear consensus about how to frame guidance for the sector about the use of physical restraint or physical force in schools. The Education and Training Bill initially adopted the language of ‘physical force’ but has reverted to ‘physical restraint’ in the final Act.

The main tension is between permitting teachers to effectively de-escalate situations where a student is behaving in a threatening way (e.g. bullying and physical assaults), and at the same time ensuring that situations where a student feels threatened are not unnecessarily escalated (e.g. students who may have a condition or a personal history that leaves them overwhelmed in so-called ‘normal’ school situations). 

Minister Hipkins has already noted this as one area where the new legislation has not resolved the issues that need to be resolved, and that further work is needed to provide guidance that allows parents, students and schools to have confidence that their respective needs  for clear, consistent safe and workable  processes are met.

NZSTA is working with other stakeholder groups including Ministry officials to review the guidelines so that they will achieve this. We will keep you posted.

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Boards are not permitted to pay teacher registration payments

Some boards will be considering requests from teaching staff to pay their teacher registration fees. It is illegal for boards to give staff any other pay, allowances or benefits other than those specified in the Collective Agreement, without the prior approval of the Secretary for Education.

The Ministry of Education’s advice, available from their website is:

If you're a teacher, the Ministry won't grant approval for your school board to pay your registration fees as it's your individual responsibility to meet all professional requirements, including registration.

For more information about concurrence see

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Privacy Act 2020

1 December 2020 will see the biggest change to our privacy laws in 27 years. The new Privacy Act brings new responsibilities (and risks) for schools. Before then, it is important that you make sure you have a Privacy Officer, and they are supported with training and time to carry out this important role.

We strongly recommend that you watch this  video about the new Act prepared by the office of the Privacy Commissioner. This is one of the many resources you can find on their website. We will provide further information to help you prepare for these changes over the next few months

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Work in progress

We are continuing to monitor and work with the NZ Teaching Council, Ministry officials and other stakeholder groups on a range of other initiatives including

  • Principal appointment
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Kahui Ako review

We’ll bring you further updates on this work over the next few months. Watch this space.


Key information for boards of trustees and principals

Read the latest Pitopito Korero updates for boards and principals from Secretary for Education Iona Holsted.


Noho ora mai 


Lorraine Kerr MNZM


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