Membership matters - 10 December 2020

10 December 2020

Reminder: AGM Remits due by 5.00pm,
Monday 8 February 2021.  

The NZSTA Annual General Meeting 2021 will be held on Saturday 17 April 2021. If you want to submit a remit to the AGM suggesting a policy direction or constitutional change for the Association, you can now do so using this form

The official letter to all member board chairpersons was sent as a separate email to all member boards and gives more information about how to create a remit for the AGM. 

Please note that these deadlines relate to ordinary remits (notices of motion). Any remits proposing changes to the NZSTA constitution (constitutional notices of motion) must be received by NZSTA national office by 1 February 2021. Constitutional changes are usually proposed by the NZSTA board, however all member boards are entitled to propose a constitutional change.

If you have any questions about the AGM or the remit process please contact the Office of the President Ph: 04 471 6419 or

New procedure for privacy breaches

With the new Privacy Act coming into force the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has produced a brochure outlining the procedure for managing privacy breachesYou will also find the commission’s PADLOCK card brochure, which provides a useful guide toensuring that personal information is protected.  We recommend that you familiarise yourself with these brochures and ensure that all board members have access to a copy at board meetings.

You can find more privacy resources for school boards on our website.

Governance framework updated

NZSTA has reviewed its Governance framework 2018 to reflect recent legislative changes. When reviewing your policies, you might like to check your existing versions against this update.

See you next year!

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

As we wind up the school year, one thing that’s abundantly clear is that we are lucky to live in Aotearoa | New Zealand. The past year has been challenging and difficult, but it has also offered us some breath-taking moments of manaakitanga and aroha. We have not fixed everything that is wrong in our country – nowhere near it! But what we have done, through the pandemic response, is to show an ongoing determination to recognise and redress those wrongs. This is who we choose to be as a nation.

Next year, we continue the work. Until then, may you have a peace-filled and happy holiday break and return for the new year refreshed, renewed and resolved to continue the work we have begun this year.

“Tūtira mai, nga iwi, tatou tatou e” 
– Ngati Kahungunu whakatauki

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Key information for school board members 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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