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NZEI TE RIU ROA ANNUAL MEETING 28 September – 1 October 2008 The Wellington Town


28 September – 1 October 2008 The Wellington Town Hall, Wellington



The 125 th Annual Meeting of NZEI Te Riu Roa was opened on Sunday, 28 September with a powhiri conducted under the mana of Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa and the hunuku o NZEI Te Riu Roa.

Kaikāranga Tiri Bailey-Nowell, Olive Hawira and Linda Rawiri extended the initial welcome to invited guests, representatives, observers and staff by laying a peaceful and harmonious foundation for Annual Meeting 2008.

Manuhiri were led by Kaikāranga Osonia Hotereni, immediately followed by ngā tāne me ngā wahine.

In opening, the whaikōrero Toma Waihirere acknowledged the passing of Peter Allen (a Past President of NZEI Te Riu Roa) and Brian Donnelly (ex MP and School Principal) and others and their collective contribution to Mātauranga Māori and then warmly welcomed representatives and special guests to Annual Meeting, wishing them the very best for a happy and successful meeting.

Max Thompson responded for the manuhiri, speaking about the importance of people and particularly children when education issues were on the agenda.

Ruawhitu Pokaia thanked tangata whenua for the warm welcome and highlighted the virtues of te hau kainga. He brought together the wairua of all the departed who had touched the lives of everyone present. He made a special mention of Koro Toby Rikihana and Te Ata i Rangi Kaahu and their knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the skill with which Maori and Tauiwi alike were educated about Tiriti issues. In closing he acknowledged the leadership of ngā manu tioriori (kaikaranga) then extended best wishes to all members, visitors and staff for a successful Annual Meeting.

Hone Niwa reiterated the warm welcome on behalf of Te Manukura and endorsed the best wishes to all Annual Meeting participants.

The formal process of the powhiri was concluded with karakia, hongi and kai.




Official and invited guests were greeted in the Town Hall Lobby on their arrival and escorted to their seats in the Town Hall by their National Executive ‘hosts’. Members of the official party were assembled in the Town Hall Foyer.

Official Party Members of the official party were:

National President - Frances Nelson; Immediate Past President – Irene Cooper, National Vice-President - Ian Leckie; Kaihautu – Fiona Matapo, Maramena Tipiwai, Merearihi Whatuira; Kaumätua - Alex (Toma) Waihirere; Pakeke - Wini Emery; National Secretary – Paul Goulter.

Invited guests present were:

Bruce Kelly, Bill Noble, Liz Patara, Colin Tarr, (Past Presidents); Charles Chauvel, Metiria Turei (Members of Parliament); Lorraine Kerr (School Trustees Association); Karen Sewell, Malcolm Hyland, Nick Pole (Ministry of Education); Kathy Smith (New Zealand Teachers Council); Mike Hollings (The Correspondence School); Graham Stoop, Jenny Clark (Education Review Office); Peter Conway, Helen Kelly, (NZ Council of Trade Unions); Sharn Riggs, Tangi Tipene (Association of Staff in Tertiary Education); Lynne Bruce (Past National Secretary); Jean Dolheguy (award recipient) and family/guests; Julie Widger, Grant Gillon .

Chair of Proceedings, Immediate Past President Irene Cooper, welcomed everyone to the 125 th Annual Meeting of NZEI Te Riu Roa. Kaumätua Alex Waihirere opened proceedings with karakia and mihi.

Irene Cooper called representatives and guests to order, and then introduced members of the official party.

Immediate Past President - Irene Cooper, then called on National President – Frances Nelson to address members and guests.


Address by Frances Nelson, National President Te Manukura, NZEI Te Riu Roa


Rau rangatira ma Tena Koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa. Ki nga manuhiri tuarangi Nau mai nau mai whakatau mai

It is my privilege to stand here today, as leader of this organisation as it celebrates its 125 th anniversary.

The New Zealand Educational Institute or as we know it, NZEI Te Riu Roa - is celebrating 125 years of advocacy for quality public education “as of right” for every New Zealand child.


Those 125 years have been marked by a strong sense of collectivism, activism and organising. For 125 years NZEI and its membership have advocated for and promoted quality public education and fairness at work so that teachers can focus on teaching and children can have the best learning environment we can provide.

In preparing to celebrate this milestone we have had an opportunity to reflect on what I believe is an impressive history and one which I feel, justifies us blowing our collective trumpets about.

When you consider New Zealand’s historical timeline, NZEI is right up there with some of the oldest and longest serving organisations and professional bodies in the country. You may be interested to know that there are a number of other institutions and organisations which have recently celebrated their 125 th anniversary. Included in this list are the University of Auckland the Salvation Army the SPCA in New Zealand a number of regional rugby clubs - and one especially for the mainlanders the Central Otago Curling Club.

To put it in an even wider perspective 125 years ago, the first shipment of frozen meat had only just left for Europe, New Zealand’s population was half a million – and it wouldn’t reach the 1 million mark for another 25 years, women didn’t have the right to vote and the impact of the New Zealand land wars was still being felt.

Overseas Queen Victoria was still on the throne. 1883 was the year Karl Marx died and Robert Louis Stevenson published Treasure Island. Slavery had been abolished only 20 years before. Cars and telephones were largely unheard of and airplanes were the stuff of science fiction.

Journeying back in time to what it would have been like to have been a teacher or educator in New Zealand 125 years ago we can establish that there were 748 schools in the colony, 119 were in church halls or hired rooms and 67 were in Auckland.

The economy was in a deep depression which would last throughout the 1880s. Odds are that most teachers would have been working in a small isolated settlement in a sole charge position with dozens of children in a single classroom.

At that time the minimum age for teaching was 13 as long as you had an education above Standard Five. Most teacher training was through the pupil-teacher system and the only stipulation was that the entrant had to be of “good character and constitution” what that actually meant in the context of the time is subject to some degree of speculation.

I found this set of rules that applied to teachers in Taranaki in 1915, I’m sure many of you will already have seen similar historical sets of rules and it puts a bit of context around the working conditions of teachers at that time -

Rules for Teachers - 1915

1. You will not marry during the terms of your contract.

2. You are not to keep company with men.

3. You must be home between the hours of 8pm and 6am unless attending a school function.

4. You may not leave the city limits without the permission of the Chairman of the Board.

5. You may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores.

6. You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.

7. You may not smoke cigarettes.

8. You may not dress in bright colours.

9. You may not under any circumstances dye your hair.


10. You must wear at least two petticoats and your dresses must not be any shorter than 2 inches above the ankle.

My, how times have changed!

And ratios, the ratios we have now would have been the envy of the colonial New Zealand teacher. We’re talking about 1:50 on a good day – 1:90 on a bad. There were no regulations to determine teacher/pupil ratios until 1902 when these colonial scales were introduced – and they were considered a big improvement!

The scales meant that there had to be 2 fully certificated teachers for a school with a roll of up to 90 children. A student teacher (who could be as young as 13) could then be employed for each additional 30 children. As I said, that to us now seems completely unimaginable – incomprehensible really – especially as we’re about to see ratios in junior classes drop to 1:15 from next year.

One of the other difficulties for the colonial teacher was that conditions and wages varied greatly among different education boards – often depending on the wealth, population or growth in individual regions.

Teacher appointments were made on the recommendation of the school committee to the education board nepotism and parochialism were rife. It was time for a national teachers’ organisation – and that is where NZEI came in.

In 1883, eighteen rather dour looking men gathered in a school hall in Christchurch and made the decision to bring together the regional associations to form a national organisation which became the New Zealand Educational Institute.

A Mr Adams from Auckland moved that a committee should be set up to, and I

quote “bring forth a scheme which would tend to break down the isolation existing between province and province, teacher and teacher, and district and district in New Zealand.” And with much insight he added that the committee “should be careful to look after the interests, not only of the present generation, but of those who would come after them.”

The Council of the New Zealand

Educational Institute then met again a year later in Auckland where it really got down to business.

125 years later, we are the legacy of that vision.

Mr Henry Worthington of Wellesley Street School in Auckland presided and opened the proceedings by saying “I am happy to be able to congratulate this Council on the good which has already been effected in the educational world in New Zealand by the formation and through the operations of this Institute. Speaking for my own district Auckland, I can say that it has been just that bond of “union” which was wanting to knit the various members of the profession widely scattered, as they necessarily are into one homogenous body.”

He finished by saying “Let us only work with a will, and we shall have the proud satisfaction of knowing that this is only the first of a long series of anniversaries of the New Zealand Educational Institute.”

The NZ Educational Institute quickly became an effective voice for teachers and was instrumental in the establishment of a national system of education. It campaigned

to have salaries paid at the same rate across the country and put pressure on the

government to assume the employer role in determining the conditions of teachers.

Sound familiar? I wonder if Henry Worthington ever envisaged a 125 th anniversary.


Whatever the vision of the past, I believe his was an inspiration that has set a strong culture within our union and lasted the test of time. It helps us to celebrate who and what we are and to feel genuine pride in the role we play and the work we do.

Today we are certainly very different from the institute that Mr Henry Worthington presided over. The NZEI family now includes early childhood teachers and support staff Neither group would have been anywhere on those early horizons.

As Aldous Huxley once said “the charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.”

What I want to highlight from all of this is that from the foundations of that Christchurch meeting 125 years ago NZEI has built itself into an organisation of around 49,000 members in 121 branches, aronui tomua and komiti pasifika from one end of the country to the other.

We’re no longer talking about just school teachers, NZEI’s membership in the 21 st century is much more diverse as we now represent early childhood teachers Maori medium kaiako special education staff and support staff, whose job descriptions fall under a very broad umbrella. Whilst the addition of these sectors into the membership over time has given NZEI a degree of challenge in meeting the expectations of its members it has brought with it a stronger NZEI voice within education.

Maori also have greater participation within the union. Te Reo Areare the Maori Council of the Institute now determines the Maori policy of our organisation and advocates for change in Maori education.

For those of you who enjoy a bit of trivia, here’s a thought to tuck away, as the largest education union in New Zealand an organisation roughly 49,000 strong NZEI members could fill small cities such as Wanganui, Invercargill and Nelson when you think of it like that, it’s pretty impressive.

On the other hand, I have no doubt that there have been times when the government of the day had wished we could all be banished to Invercargill notwithstanding what that would do to local tourism!

On a more serious note, the real strength of NZEI and what makes it a powerful union is its capacity to influence a wide range of issues that directly affect not just the people who work in the sector but also those who intersect with it, such as community groups, parents and, of course those at the heart of the matter children.

NZEI's goals and priorities are shaped by our overarching commitment to maintaining and improving quality public education.

Quality Public Education for the 21st Century, or “QPE 4 21C”, is the banner under which we continue to drive our work as we go forward.

2008 is also an election year and the outcome of this, whatever it may be, will be very important in defining the focus and shape of our work into the future.

It is the National Executive's view that NZEI can and should play an important role in setting the agenda.

As educators and leaders in the public sector we have a responsibility to proactively advocate for policy and programmes that are educationally sound and not simply to respond to issues as they arise.


Education is, after all, our core business. Basically, our raison d’etre.

For the union, this means supporting teachers and other education workers to create positive learning environments and play our rightful part in providing equity of opportunity for all children to fulfil their potential. As we all know, teachers’ working conditions are children’s learning conditions.

For us as a union, this means, through the alignment of both industrial and professional processes, creating optimal working conditions for teachers and support staff.

Translated, it involves supporting those who not only lead and teach in our schools and centres but also those who provide support for this process in the work that they do.

Our goal therefore, is to build a broad coalition of support for the ideals of quality public education and fairness at work. A good starting place is the representation NZEI has on a large number of government and other sector working parties and committees relating to our shared work.

There is very little that happens in early childhood, primary, intermediate, special education and teacher education that we don’t seek to influence or have a say in. Many of you can no doubt testify to our tenacity in establishing and maintaining this presence in the sector.

The good news is we’re here to stay we’re 125 years strong and we’re looking forward to further developing our working relationships with those of you who seek to realise the same vision that we have that of Quality Public Education.

We have a proud history of achievement as both a professional institute and an industrial union, seeking meaningful ways to improve both the working and professional lives of our members.

NZEI has had some “milestone moments” in both its industrial and professional history:

In an era when men dominated positions of power, the first woman president Miss Maggie Magill was elected to office in 1933.

In 1995 NZEI members elected the first Maori National President Iria Whiu.

Education House was built in 1965 and has over time become a well-known landmark in Wellington as “home” for a host of professional and education focused organisations and of course the NZCTU to which – as a union - our organisation is affiliated.

1998 was a “watershed” year when we realised our long held goal of pay parity within a unified pay system for primary teachers and principals.

Following this, in 2002 NZEI successfully negotiated pay parity for kindergarten teacher members and in October 2004, pay parity for early childhood education teachers.

The focus currently is to develop pay structures and career paths which provide greater job security for the support staff who play such pivotal roles in our schools and centres. We look forward to seeing this become another milestone to celebrate.

Moving forward is as inevitable as it is healthy for an organisation, and this means change has to be effected.

Charles Darwin once said “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” NZEI won’t rest on its collective laurels, we will continually test our capacity to deal with change – hence our current internal focus around the Organisational Review.


Last year Annual Meeting made the decision to take a long hard look at ourselves as an organisation. Our external consultant, Owen Harvey was commissioned to work with a wide range of both members and organisations that NZEI works with and to prepare a report that would enable us to see the view from our past and then look forward to craft our new future.

The report that came out of the initial consultation phase challenges our union to recreate itself as a more dynamic and democratic organisation with a clear focus. Rather than letting the union lurch and sprawl we intend to plan the way ahead carefully.

NZEI has travelled a long and proud road and we take strength from the past as we move towards the future. Regardless of when the next anniversary celebration is we are determined that history will reflect positively on the way we carried our vision forward.

Whilst time will present us with new challenges, NZEI can and will adapt to meet them just as we have in the past 125 years. We want to make this 125th anniversary not only a celebration but a time of renewal. In other words, we don’t only intend to survive, but ultimately to thrive!

I’d like to finish with a whakatauki that seems to me to encapsulate the essence of being NZEI and being union:

E hara taku toa,


Engari, he toa taki - tini. My work is not that of an individual but that of the multitude.


toa taki - tahi

No reira, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Irene Cooper called on National Vice-President – Ian Leckie to propose a vote of thanks for the National President’s address.

Ian Leckie thanked Frances Nelson, noting the achievements and the challenges that lay ahead to take NZEI Te Riu Roa forward.

National President – Frances Nelson’s and Ian Leckie’s comments were followed by a waiata.


Irene Cooper chaired the Awards Ceremony and called on Frances Nelson to

announce the names of the recipients of the award of grades of membership of NZEI

Te Riu Roa.

National President – Frances Nelson provided background to NZEI Awards. She outlined the criteria used for selecting successful nominees for the Award of Fellow.

Award of Fellow

National President – Frances Nelson called on Jean Dolheguy (supported by Margaret Ready) to came forward to accept the award.

Frances Nelson read from Jean Dolheguy’s citation.


Jean Frances Dolheguy Higher Dip Tchg

Jean Dolheguy has had a profound influence on children, education, and NZEI Te Riu Roa, during a teaching career spanning 35 years.

A senior teacher at Auckland’s Otahuhu Intermediate for the past 12 years, Jean’s

passion is visual art education.

and quality of work produced by her students, which has regularly gone on public display.

That passion is shown in the level of achievement

In her capacity as senior teacher, Jean leads and manages a team of technology teachers, giving advice and guidance which then impacts on education at her school as a whole.

She has been the staff representative on the Board of Trustees since the inception of Tomorrow’s Schools and has worked with three principals to implement policy and enhance the welfare of staff.

Jean is also known throughout the Auckland region for her professional support and has served on the Auckland College of Education Art Curriculum Committee. She has given years of service and support to the Kohia Teachers’ Centre and was chairperson of the Kohia Management Committee for six years.

Jean has made a significant contribution to NZEI. She currently holds nine positions within the Institute including Treasurer of both the Auckland Branch and the Auckland District Council, as well as worksite representative, and liaison positions with other branches.

Committed to women’s issues and pay and employment equity, she was the inaugural Treasurer and member of the Women’s Network in Auckland and has continued to mentor and encourage women across all sectors of NZEI.

Jean’s commitment, experience and knowledge are highly valued by NZEI and the wider education sector. Throughout her 35 year career she has been a steadfast and proud union member and educator.

In recognition of her significant contribution to education and to the union, NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to make this award of Fellow of the New Zealand Educational Institute to Jean Frances Dolheguy.

Frances Nelson presented the award.

Jean Dolheguy responded.

Award of Fellow

Frances Nelson announced the award of Fellow to Murray Neighbour and asked Julie Widger and Ron Graham to come forward to accept the award on Murray’s behalf.

Frances Nelson read from Murray Neighbour’s citation.

Murray Gage Neighbour Dip Ed Management, Higher Dip Tchg, Adv Dip Tchg, B Teaching & Learning

Murray Neighbour has made an immense contribution to education and NZEI Te Riu Roa, particularly in the Northland region where he has spent the bulk of his 42 year


teaching career. He is known for having a real passion for teaching and learning which goes above and beyond the bounds of duty.

In his semi-retirement he is currently teaching at Bloomfield Special School in Whangarei, and over the past two years has also stepped into the role of relieving principal in several schools. He consistently strives for excellence, providing a clear role model for children, staff and the education community as a whole.

Murray Neighbour was a principal and active member of the Whangarei Principals’ Association for many years and is a recognised and valued as an educational leader.

His involvement with NZEI has been extensive. He became a member of the Whangarei Branch in 1973, and was branch president from 1997-1999. He went on to become the Chairperson of the Tai Tokerau Distict Council from 2004-2005 and has represented both the District Council and the Whangarei branch at a number of NZEI Annual Meetings. He was also a long-serving Members’ Support Team person and the Members Support Team Convenor for the District Council from 1990 to 2000.

One of his greatest contributions has been his work around transient students. In 2000 he was an APPA travelling scholarship recipient and undertook research in transience in New Zealand, the United States and England. His report and findings have been shared throughout the education sector, with principals, Ministry of Education officials, and other agencies such as the Children’s Commission.

He has also been committed to improving educational outcomes for special needs children and those with learning difficulties in low decile schools.

Murray Neighbour is a respected, valued and experienced educator who, through his commitment and passion, has given support and encouragement to others, and made a real difference to the learning of thousands of children.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to education and the union, NZEI Te Riu Roa is proud to confer the award of Fellow of the New Zealand Educational Institute on Murray Gage Neighbour.

Frances Nelson presented the award to Julie Widger who responded.

A video clip of Murray Neighbour responding, was played.

Award of Associate

The National President – Frances Nelson read out the names of the recipients of the Award of Associate of NZEI Te Riu Roa and asked those named to stand if present.

She said the award of Associate was presented to the following people in recognition of their stature in education and as members of the New Zealand Educational Institute and that the award certificates would be presented to recipients at a meeting of their nominating branch, aronui tomua or komiti pasefika.

The recipients were:

Ann Wilhemina Brouwers


Gweneth May Dodgshun


Diane Margaret Douglas


Ronald James Fabian


Yvonne Kathleen Granet


Frances Caroline Guy

West Auckland

Te Aroha Hiko

AT Kahuranaki

Duncan Grant Kibblewhite



Jan Lee


John Stanley Lightfoot

Central Otago

Fiona Mary Matapo

AT Otepoti

Margaret Ruth Lois Smith


Chris Stuart



The end of the ceremony was marked with a karakia by Koro Toma, followed by waiata.

The official party left the stage.

Irene Cooper remained and thanked guests and representatives for their attendance.

Members and other guests were invited to move to the Michael Fowler Centre to attend the 125 th Anniversary Celebration. Guests were reminded that admission was by ticket only and representatives would have received these in their registration pack, guests were to be given their ticket by the National Executive members “hosting” them.



Koro Toma opened the session with karakia at 8:25am. Followed by the waiata ‘Kua rongo mai koe’.

The National President called the meeting to order.



President Frances Nelson, FNZEI, Primary Teaching Sector

Immediate Past President Irene Cooper, FNZEI, Primary Teaching Sector

Vice President Ian Leckie, Primary Teaching Sector

Other Members

Tiri Bailey-Nowell ANZEI, Te Reo Areare Frances Cudby, Primary Teaching Sector Ron Graham, Primary Teaching Sector Louise Green ANZEI, Primary Teaching Sector Frances Guy, Primary Teaching Sector Te Aroha Hiko, Te Reo Areare Ann Hoglund, Support Staff Monique Jansonius, Support Staff David Kennedy, Primary Teaching Sector Diane Lawrence ANZEI, Early Childhood Sector Diane Leggett ANZEI, Primary Teaching Sector Donna Mason SSANZEI, Support Staff Fiona Matapo, Te Reo Areare Winnifred Morris, Primary Teaching Sector Judith Nowotarski ANZEI, Early Childhood Sector Megan Rich, Primary Teaching Sector Vincent Ridgway, Primary Teaching Sector Phebe Sorensen, Primary Teaching Sector Karl Vasau, Primary Teaching Sector Hayley Whitaker, Early Childhood Sector Nigel Wilson ANZEI, Primary Teaching Sector


Winnie Emery ANZEI, Kaumatua Alex (Toma) Waihirere, Kaumatua

Rangiamohia Brown, Waikato Leeanne Campbell, Waitaha/Wairau/Whakatū Hilda Foster, Mataatua Tania Gallop, Te Waipounamu (ECE) Serena Lewis, Te Upoko o te Ika Raiha Manahi, Rotorua

Whetu Maunsell-Hadfield, Tauira Manu Pohatu, Nga Tataha a Maui (ECE) Isabella Pomare, Taitokerau Arthur Rhind, Mangai Maori o Waikato Tari Robinson, Te Ngaio Tu (ECE) Sophie Short, Kaiawhina Tautoko/Support Staff Marleina Smith, Tamaki Whanui Merearihi Whatuira, Tai Rawhiti



A T Awakairangi, Putiputi Temara

Observer, Puhi-Carlotta Campbell

A T Hikurangi Ki Te Tairawhiti, Kaua Tuhura

Observer, Ihipera Walker

A T Hokianga ki Taumarere, Te Ruru Thatcher-


Observer, Karani Brown

A T Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ruhia Hamilton

Observer, Di Couper

A T Kahuranaki, Judith Karaitiana

Observer, Canea Konia

A T ki Ruapehu, Colleen Hansen

Observer, Mareikura Kaire

A T Manaakitia o Potiki, Rawinia Peters-Leitao

A T Manaia ki Tutamoe, Ringi Hohepa

Observer, Naphelia Brown

A T Manawatu, Richard Bishara

A T Manukau Whanui, Reremoana Taipeti

Observer, Hariata Samuels

A T o Mataatua, O’Sonia Hotereni

Observer, Joy Heremia

A T O Otepoti, Tui Qauqau

A T o Te Rohe Potae, Hirere Moana

Observer, Ellen Wehi

A T Parininihi ki Taipake, Hone Niwa ANZEI

Observer, Linda Rawiri

A T Rotorua, July McLean

Observer, Eileen Twist

A T Tamaki Makaurau, Lavelle Stuart

A T Tauranga-Moana, Max Thompson

A T Te Mangai Maori o Waikato, Ngaromo


A T Te Ropu Manawatahi o Murihiku, Paul


A T Te Whanau A Apanui, Veronica Tiatoa

Observer, Ani McDonald


A T Te Whanganui a Tara, Caleb Wall

Observer, Naere Sio

A T Tokoroa, Tukiteao Kerei

Observer, Takarihi Te Marama

A T Turanga, Teia Koopu

Observer, June Renata

A T Wairau, Helen Joseph

A T Waitaha, Ruawhitu Pokaia

A T Whakatu, Louisa Paul

A T Whanganui, Huiariki Kereopa

Observer, Bernadine Menehira

A T Whanganui A Orotu, Whakaata Stewart

Observer, Anaru Ratapu



Ashley, Edy Lawrey, Sandra Morris, Sandra Spekreijse Auckland, Elizabeth Burgess, Max Calder- Watson, Vicky Carr ANZEI, Peter de la Chaumette ANZEI, Jean Dolheguy ANZEI, Drina Gray, Kamrul Jalil, Sandra Jenkins ANZEI, Carol Leota, Meg Moss, Dale Munro, Elikini Naidu, Margaret Palmer, Margaret Ready FNZEI, Lois Simmonds, Chris Stuart, Lynda Stuart ANZEI, Averil Symons, Robyn Tataurangi FNZEI, Dale Tifflin, Ana Tonga, Kathy Welch SSANZEI Bay of Islands, Noeline Lemon, Buller, Cath O'Loughlin Cambridge, Joanne Beldham Observer, Jackie Nicholl Central Hawkes Bay, Allan Carpenter Observer, Phil Bourke Central King Country, Sharon Shaw Observer, Angela Edhouse Central Otago, Alan Forsyth, Blair Park Christchurch, Audrey Agnew, Andrea Andresen, Neil Baker, Leonie Bowden, Donna Buchanan, Sophie Chambers, Aroha Dorroch, Diane Ferguson, Mary Anne Harris, Rochelle Hurford, Natalie Johnston, Niki Mayo, Maria McDonald, Linda Milne, Craig Moir, Raelene Moore, Mary Pearson, Colleen Philip, Bridget Preece, Julie Priddle, Nick Richardson, Christine Stace, Linda Whiteley, Mellinda Wilson, Matthew Ytsma Coromandel Peninsula, Ngaire Chaney Correspondence School, Marie Dawson Observer, Liz Monaghan Ellesmere, Richard Doyle Far North, Craig Benjamin Feilding, Faye Todd Observer, Paula Whalen Foxton, Cathy Purdie Observer, Tina MacLean Franklin, Amanda Caldwell ANZEI, Fleur De Farias Golden Bay, Margaret Hope


Grey, Katie Nisbett Observer, Karen Chapman Hastings, Bridget Annabell, Alma Bainbridge, Joy Doggett, Janette Liley, Vicki Vaughan Heretaunga, Andrew De Wit, Samantha Skelton, Imogen Warren Hibiscus Coast, Liz Taute, Claire Hunt Hokianga, Paul Saunders Observer, Diana Boyle-Dean Horowhenua, Jane Hodgson, Karen McLeod Howick, Maureen Agnew, Jill Cowsill, Brittany Gifford, Grant Kibblewhite, Denise Knapman, Ken Nicholls Hurunui, Lesley Fulford Observer, Gaye Parlane Hutt Valley, Heather Austin, Rose Campbell, Shayne McIntyre, Marian Redwood, Pam Smith, Judy Wilton Kaipara, Julie Cooney Observer, Melissa Jackson Kapiti, Peter Corlett, Winsome Duncan Komiti Pasifika Auckland, Etelagi Leilua Observer, Debbie Fischer Komiti Pasifika Wellington, Sesilia Palu Observer, Fisiena Lupo-Samoa MacKenzie, Chris Longbottom Observer, John Longbottom Malvern, Jane Huggins Observer, Anne Cornish Mana, Rebecca Hill, Pat Hutchison, Jill Merrick Manawatu, Elaine Savage ANZEI, Pam Townend, Kaye Webber, Helen Wright Maniapoto, Marion Gauntlett Observer, Liz Jones Manurewa, Sharlene Goodwin, Ian Hey, Linda Jordan, Kathryn Staples, Patrica Te Mana, Steven Van Garderen, Karen Wood Marlborough, Dave Paterson, Karen Paterson Matamata, Karla Lyttle Mid Canterbury, Lorraine Bennet, John Harper ANZEI Motueka, Leanne Hough Observer, Charlene Mora Murupara, Mike Jones Observer, Katrina Stephenson Napier, Katrina Alexander, Jenni Beaven, Sheron MacGregor, Shelley Tinker Nelson, Paul Butterworth, Kerri Campion, Acushla Murphy, Virginia Stark North Shore, Karen Cole, Dale Gamby, Vivienne Goldsmith, Cherie Gurney, Jackie Hawthorne ANZEI, Christine Mack, Barbara McIlroy ANZEI SSANZEI, Colleen O'Brien ANZEI, Nicky Poor, Dian Warner, Pamela Warner ANZEI North Taranaki, Vicky Aylward, Chris Dalliston, Sam Frank, Jenny Sorensen ANZEI, Ramona Taogaga Northern Wairoa, James Nyssen Opotiki, Cammy Savage

Observer, Dirkje De Vries-Wood Otago, Karen Ferguson, Nikki Hosking, Iain Johnstone, Jan Lee, Deidre MacKay, Julia Sullivan, Gael Trevathan, Otahuhu, Liz Horgan FNZEI, Fiona Watson ANZEI Pahiatua Bush, Christine Omundsen Observer, Anne Cooper Papakura, Julie Anne Gauld, Janice MacKay ANZEI, Carol Sanford Papatoetoe, Mark Barratt, Georgina Davis, Halima Dickie, Diane Douglas, Yvonne Granet, Garth Houltham, Genneth Marshall-Inman ANZEI, Julie Swale, Theodora Taitua, Tessa Willis Parumoana, Sandra Johnston Patea-Waverley, Jean de Vries Observer, Stephen Sammons Piako, Kevin Rae Observer, Kate Daly Poverty Bay, Miriam Pauling, Yvonne Williams Rangitikei, Keith Omundsen Observer, Marie Flynn Reefton-Murchison, Adrienne Cooper Rodney-Otamatea, Tony Hamilton ANZEI Observer, Sharlene Tornquist Rotorua, Marion Brits, Russell Hallam FNZEI, Erika Locke, Janette Martin, Roger Pooley Ruapehu, Art Daniel South Canterbury, Maureen Bromwich, Kay Hines ANZEI, Kerry Wood South Otago, Martin Dodge ANZEI Observer, Carol Fitzgerald South Taranaki, Matthew Hall, Lesley Pick South Wairarapa, Susan Proctor Southern Hawkes Bay, Margaret Stephenson Southland, Anne Gover FNZEI, Lorraine Howden, Lynne Knowler, Kay Schimanski, Teria Smiler, Kay Stevens Taihape, Liz Farley Taupo, Janeve Green ANZEI Tauranga, Heather Ballantyne, Marion Dekker, Anne Griffiths, Julie Sullivan, Jan Tinetti ANZEI, Graham Woodhead, Shona Woodhead Te Puke, Karen Graham Thames, Jackie Mitcalfe, Cliff Willcocks Tokoroa, Roneld Creigh-Smith Observer, Jan Stobie Turangi, Horiana Rolleston Observer, Manu Kerehoma Waiapu, Andrea Reedy Observer, Karen McClutchie Waihi, Angela Moeke Observer, Crystal McGovern Waikato, Marama Ager, Jenny Burns, Val Clarke, Claudine Eriepa, Aaron Frost, Karen Handley, Denise Hird ANZEI, Margaret Makiha, Karen Morrison, Eileen Raynel ANZEI, Michelle

Ryan, Vicki Signal ANZEI, Christine Te Kir- Tuwairua, Waimate, Andrea Soper Observer, Annette Batchelor ANZEI Wainuiomata, Janet Low Observer, Mary Sellwood Waipa, Penny Finn, Jacquie Woodland ANZEI Wairarapa, Lynne McCartney, Beryl Thomson Wairoa, Nigel Jones Observer, Jay Goodley Waitaki, Frank Lewthwaite Observer, Sean Wansborough Waiuku, Sarah Copeland Observer, Gina Yelchich Wanganui, Lani Cotterill, Chic McConkey, Sue Nimmo ANZEI Wellington, Ann James, Katie Jones, Cathy Keane, Kane O'Connell, Jolene Phipps Wellington North, Lesley Waite West Auckland, Karen Cameron, Savita Chandra, Sheryl Charles, Juanita Corbett, Shirley Donaldson, Anna Lee, Pam Leonard, Dot Lovell- Smith, Ruth Milburn, Graham Stewart, Maria Stewart, Simon Tafea Westland, Juliette Henry Whakatane, Ellen Hill, Dave Ledbetter Whangarei, Heather Baker, James Baker, Sheryle Beckham, Jan Bell, Jo MacDonald, Julie Widger


Auckland, Dan Clark, Julie Fox ANZEI, Dominic Guzzo Bay of Plenty, Clint Green, Tracey O’Connor Central East, Francis Nicholas Murihiku-Southland, Angelina Chalmers, Robert Paraki, Ruth Snowden Otago, Katrina Heyneman, Judy Hinton, Fiona Hunter Tai Tokerau, Anita Newland Taranaki, Scott Walden Top of the South/Nelson, Anni Kolff Waikato, Rikki Sheterline Waitaha-Canterbury, Carly Barnes, Murray MacGibbon, Katherine Ramsay Wanganui, Gina Prebensen, Liam Rutherford, Paddy Sannazzaro Wellington, Jo Fothergill



The National President advised that the following members had been granted leave from Annual Meeting 2008:

Mary Pearson Lynda Stuart Mellinda Wilson Anne Cooper Whetu Maunsell Angelina Chalmers

(Christchurch) (Auckland) (Christchurch) (Pahiatua Bush) (Te Reo Areare) (Murihiku Southland

from 8:30am – 12:00pm Monday from 8:30am – 1:45pm Monday from 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday from 8:30am – 5:45pm Monday from 8:30am – 5:45pm Monday from 12:30pm Monday –

Linda Stuart

District Council) (Auckland)

4:00pm Wednesday from 1:30 – 5:00pm Monday

Iain Johnstone


from 1:45 – 5:00pm Monday

Wini Emery

(AT o Rotorua)

from 4:00pm Tuesday –

Fiona Hunter Sarah Copeland Donna Boyle-Dean Max Thompson Pam Smith Lynne McCartney John Harper Lorraine Bennet Helen Joseph Denise Hird Kate Daly Leanne Hough Charlene Mora Craig Benjamin Noeline Lemon Andrea Andresen Lavelle Stuart Ruth Snowden

(Otago District Council) (Waiuku) (Hokianga) (AT o Tauranga Moana) (Hutt Valley) (Wairarapa) (Mid Canterbury) (Mid Canterbury) (Wairau) (Waikato) (Piako) (Motueka) (Motueka) (Far North) (Bay of Islands) (Christchurch) (AT Tamaki Makaurau) (Murihiku Southland District Council)

4: 00pm Wednesday Tuesday and Wednesday Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30am – 12:00pm Wednesday from 8:30am – 4:00pm Wednesday from 10:15am – 4:00pm Wednesday from 10:30am – 4:00pm Wednesday from 11:30am Wednesday from 11:30am Wednesday from 12:00 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 12:30pm Wednesday from 12:30pm Wednesday from 12:30pm Wednesday from 1:00 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 1:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 1:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 1:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 1:30pm Wednesday

Kevin Rue Nigel Jones Annette Batchelor Andrea Soper Tracey O’Connor Sean Wansbrough Joy Doggett Bridget Annabel Alma Bainbridge David Ledbetter Vicki Vaughan Lesley Pick Mathew Hall Janice Mackay Hita Foster Judy Wilton Whetu Maunsell

(Piako) (Wairoa) (Waimate) (Waimate) (Bay of Plenty) (Waitaki) (Hastings) (Hastings) (Hastings) (Whakatane) (Hastings) (South Taranaki) (South Taranaki) (Papakura) (Te Reo Areare) (Hutt Valley) (Te Reo Areare)

from 2:00 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:45 – 4:00pm Wednesday from 2:45pm – 4:00pm Wednesday from 3:15pm Wednesday from 3:15pm Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday afternoon Wednesday Wednesday all day

Annual Meeting remembered members, staff and friends of NZEI, who had passed on including Peter Allen – Past President 1988-89 and Brian Donnelly former Principal, NZ First MP and NZ High Commissioner to Rarotonga.

The National President advised that greetings had been received from Past Presidents and Life Members –


Jack Rutherford, FNZEI, Life Member

Bruce Adin FNZEI, National President 2003

Amanda Coulston ANZEI, National President 2001/02

Bill Noble FNZEI, National President 1996/97

Frank Dodd, FNZEI National President 1985/86

Helen Anderson ANZEI, National President 1978/79 & former National Secretary

The National President explained to Annual Meeting the significance of the Taonga Pouwhenua. The chain of office of the NZEI Te Riu Roa National President represented and symbolised the past in terms of the union’s leadership – Pouwhenua represented the future and continuity of the office.

She said the Pouwhenua would be taken to the paepae and presented to Pakeke. Pakeke would bless the Pouwhenua and it would then be passed through the hands of all members at the meeting to be imbued, once again (as it has been in years gone by), with the strength, support and spirit of the membership.

The Pouwhenua would be passed to the National President-elect on Wednesday afternoon to symbolise the continuity of the office and to provide the next President with the strength, support and spirit of the membership.

The National President then presented the Pouwhenua to the Pakeke for its journey around Annual Meeting.


Frances Nelson, National President welcomed members to Annual Meeting.


The National President advised that the formal resolutions were in the printed agenda. She stated, as had been the practice of her presidential predecessors, it was her intention to receive guidance from an Advisory Committee regarding the handling of business during Annual Meeting. The Advisory Committee included members of National Executive, Te Reo Areare and Annual Meeting representatives.

The National President invited the Advisory Committee members to the front of the stage.

Representatives were invited to speak to the committee members if they felt that there were issues that needed to be addressed at Annual Meeting. They were:

Tony Hamilton (Chair), Liz Horgan, Rikki Sheterline, Jo Fothergill, Clint Green, Murray MacGibbon, Nikki Hosking, Tiri Bailey-Nowell, Janice Mackay, Scott Walden, Irene Cooper and Ian Leckie.

Members were advised that there would be a meeting of the President’s Advisory Committee when Annual Meeting adjourned at 12:30.

The National President advised it was important to read the formal resolutions in the agenda booklet.

She then asked members of the National Executive to stand, in order that representatives would be able to identify them during Annual Meeting.

The National President then asked members of Te Reo Areare to stand.


The National President introduced the people making up the ‘top table’ – Immediate Past President Irene Cooper, Vice-President Ian Leckie, National Secretary Paul Goulter, Assistant Secretary – ODMS Darrell Ward, minute takers and a speaking list spotter from NZEI’s staff team.

She advised representatives that people working on the floor of Annual Meeting were National Office and Regional Staff of NZEI Te Riu Roa. Members were welcome to introduce themselves and get to know the staff over the course of Annual Meeting.

She also advised that working with Lavana Ramsteijn and NZEI’s Communications team, were the “Tech Angels” - senior students from Wellington Secondary Schools, who would be producing an annual meeting daily news-sheet called “Union Works”. These students would approach members for comment, responses to annual meeting events, agenda items and photographic opportunities.

The National President advised the changed seating arrangements for observers at the meeting. The number of representatives and observers with an entitlement to attend annual meeting had been growing annually as membership numbers increased and unfortunately, had reached the point at which it was no longer possible to accommodate everyone on the floor of the hall and keep within the requirements of the Town Hall Management around health and safety rules. Accordingly, a decision was made to move the observers to the balcony area and keep all the representatives on the main floor so they would have both table space and access to the microphones when they were called to speak.

She said it was not an ideal situation, but as the town hall was the largest venue – NZEI needed to work out a short-term solution. At this time, annual meeting would continue in the Town Hall until the outcome of the organisational review was clear and future requirements for annual meetings of the future were decided.


The National President then outlined the following procedures.


The Annual Meeting Guide had been distributed directly to representatives and observers three weeks previously. Therefore, it was not her intention to cover the issues contained in detail throughout the Guide, but representatives needed to have read this guide fully.


Only those representatives who had registered, were able to speak and have their votes counted. Representatives, who had not registered, had up until 12:30 pm on the day of the election to do so. Any changes of representation needed to be notified to the registration desk.

Getting your name on the Speaking List to speak on the floor of Annual Meeting

The way for representatives to get their name on to a speaking list was outlined on page 13 of the “Annual Meeting Guide”. The four special reports were those separately circulated and that when reports were open for discussion representatives needed to show their speaking card number if they wished to be put on the speakers’ list.


Speaking to the Meeting

Speakers’ names would be read out in groups of three or four and that when named representatives should move quickly to the nearest microphone and wait to be called on to speak.

Speaking time limits were detailed in the Formal Resolutions. The timekeepers would ring a single warning bell one minute before the time allocated had lapsed. The end of the speaking time would be signalled by a double ring of the bell at which time the microphone would be turned off.

With members support, a different approach to the process around voting on rules and recommendations would be used for the meeting. Rather than determine the outcome of a vote on a voice call and then a show of hands if the voices didn’t give a clear indication of the outcome, members’ should use their orange number cards to signal their vote. This had been tried for a short period of time at the previous year’s Annual Meeting and it made the outcome of each vote much clearer for the top table especially when the vote was close and should make the process work more efficiently.

Standing Orders

Standing Orders were “the rules of engagement” and would be adhered to in order that fairness and consistency were applied.

These were also detailed in the agenda booklet for easy reference.

Procedural Definitions

Procedural definitions for the position papers, reports and resolutions that would be used at Annual Meeting were contained on page 15 of the Annual Meeting Guide.


NZEI Rules did not provide for the right to abstain during voting and that members at the meeting, in the role of representatives, were required to exercise a vote on behalf of the members they represented.

Organisational Review Plenary/Breakout Workshops

The plenary and breakout workshops for the Organisational Review would be held on Tuesday morning. When Annual Meeting was in session, observers were unable to speak. To enable observers to participate in and contribute to the discussions in those meetings it would be noticed that Annual Meeting was not in session on Tuesday morning until 10.50am i.e. after the workshops had been concluded. All representatives and observers were expected to be at their assigned groups unless leave had been granted.

Hot Issues Session

In accordance with past practice, a session for Hot Issues had been set on the agenda for Wednesday afternoon. The session was contingent on the other scheduled business of the meeting being completed by 2.00pm on Wednesday.

If this session was able to be held, and if representatives wished to speak at that time, they should record their name on the speaking list available at the Registration Desk by 5.45pm on Tuesday. Each speaker would have a maximum of three minutes speaking time.

Writing a Recommendation or Amendment


Procedures for writing a recommendation or amendment were set out on page 14, Section 20 in the Annual Meeting Guide.

Applying for Leave from Annual Meeting

There were formal procedures to be carried out when applying for leave from any session of Annual Meeting. Details were on pages 16 & 17 of the Annual Meeting Guide and the Help Desk could assist.

Louise Green (National Executive) moved, Te Aroha Hiko (National Executive) seconded

That the formal resolutions set out in the Agenda booklet be adopted.

Other points

That National President advised that:


The Town Hall was a no smoking area and that this included anywhere inside the building.

Cellphones must be turned off while representatives were in, or near, the meeting room.

Health and Safety requirements meant procedures needed to be highlighted. The Emergency Evacuation Notice was in representative’s folders, and they were asked to make themselves familiar with it. The assembly area was in the carpark area on Wakefield Street, not in the Civic Square.

Refreshments would be available in break periods. Water was available in water bottles provided. These were the only water containers so they needed to be retained for the duration of Annual Meeting. Mike’s Woodshop was thanked for their support of Annual Meeting in providing the bottled water.

Political Panel Lunchtime Session on Tuesday

The National President advised the Panel was taking place at lunchtime on Tuesday (90 minutes) and the six politicians would have 5 minutes each to speak. This left thirty-five minutes for questions. She stated that in order to ensure that all 150 members get ‘a fair go’ the following protocols were to be observed:

1. Questions had to be submitted in writing by morning tea on Tuesday 30 September, with the questioner identified.

2. Forms were to be collected from the Help Desk to write questions for the Political Panelists. Completed forms were to be placed in the box marked for this purpose at the Help Desk.

3. Questions needed to be addressed to an individual and to contain no more than one lead-in sentence and the question.

4. The question would be drawn by the Chairperson from a box and the questioner asked to read it. Therefore, the questioners must keep a copy.

5. The politician would be asked to make a brief response to the question.

6. If time permitted other questions might be taken from the floor.

7. It was acknowledged that politics could ‘stir the passions’, but the politicians were NZEI’s guests and representatives were to treat them as such.

The National President noted the list of members attending Annual Meeting had been published in the agenda - any corrections should be delivered to the Help Desk for action, and any corrections would be shown on the TV screens.


Functions, engagements, workshops and tea break caucuses would not be formally announced and representatives should regularly check the TV monitor for updates and information.

All other events

representative’s packs.


been put on



agenda” –


copy of which was


The National President emphasised that the distribution of any written material on the floor of Annual Meeting must have the signed-off approval of the President and the Help Desk must be advised prior to distribution. In particular, any election material must be cleared away by Tuesday evening.


The National President then introduced the National Executive Report.

The report contained the National Executive Report, the Financial Statement, the Updates Booklet and Te Reo Areare Report to Kahui Whetu 2008 on their 2008 work programme.

The report from Te Reo Areare would be taken on Tuesday morning, immediately before the hui session, due to the re-scheduling of the Prime Minister’s address to Annual Meeting at 9.45 am on Monday.

Oral questions would be taken on the first section of the National Executive Report, paragraph 1 to paragraph 94. When speaking to the meeting representatives needed to first state their name and the branch, aronui tomua, komiti pasifika or district council they represented. Then they needed to identify the section of the report they were addressing by stating the page and paragraph number, before asking their question.

The substance of the question must be closely related to the substance of the paragraph identified. Once they had asked their question, they could make a brief statement if the question needed to be clarified. The National Executive members responsible for the work area would be called to the microphone to respond to the questions.

The same process was to be used on Tuesday for the Te Reo Areare Report to Te Kahui Whetu.

Written questions on the “Significant Ongoing Work” starting from Paragraph 95 in the National Executive Report and Te Reo Areare Report to Te Kahui Whetu had been invited from branches, aronui tomua, komiti pasefika and district councils. Written answers for these questions had been sent to the members, who had asked them.

The following representatives spoke to the report or asked questions:

Donna Buchanan [Christchurch]

Louise Green replied (National Executive) Eileen Raynel [Waikato]

Nigel Wilson replied (National Executive)

Additional resources available to schools for literacy.

Ministry currently calling for submissions.

Outgoing Call Centre, what were the number of calls made and what is the recipients level of union activity.

Communication strategy. Approximately 15- 20 members per night. Mix of activism. Important to interact with those not active.


Audrey Agnew

Sustainable funding for Schools. Support


staff positions needed to be tagged.

Ian Leckie replied (National Executive)

noted the importance of the operations Grant and that schools must have the discretion to use it. Await announcement.

Russell Hallam

GSE Support workers – MOE funding for


Fund Holding schools.

Vincent Ridgway replied (National Executive)

two separate funding issues – assurance from MOE that this would be addressed.

Rikki Sheterline [Waikato District Council]

Curriculum and assess-ment and development and implementation of revised curriculum.

Diane Leggett replied (National Executive)

quality of Professional Development not consistent throughout country and funds insufficient.

Shona Woodhead [Tauranga]

ECE support and administration staff not close to parity with primary support staff. Differences likely to increase with current campaign.

Judith Nowotarski replied (National Executive)

agreed with questioner – new Collective Agreement will endeavour to address this.

Niki Mayo

Queried teacher training programmes.


Ian Leckie replied (National Executive)

National Executive supportive of Teachers Council and would be involved in new induction and registration provisions.

Andrea Andresen [Christchurch]

Queried resources and physical space for 1- 15 staffing.

Ian Leckie replied (National Executive)

space and property had to be integrated but difficulties in siting within schools due to smaller size of rooms for this initiative.

Peter Corlett

Re reading recovery and its place in literacy


intervention. Is NZEI committed to a centrally funded RTLB service?

Phebe Sorensen replied (National Executive)

working positively and hope this will be shown in June 2009.

Louise Green replied (National Executive)

not yet getting real responses from Ministry re literacy interventions.

The National President advised that the time for questions had elapsed.

Frances Guy (National Executive) moved, Frances Cudby (National Executive) seconded:


"That the Report of the National Executive and the Updates be received, amended and printed in the record of proceedings of this meeting".


Frances Guy (National Executive) moved, Frances Cudby (National Executive) seconded:

“That the District Council Reports be printed in the record of proceedings of this meeting”.


Financial Reports for the Year Ended 31 December 2007

The National President advised that for the discussion of the Financial Statement, Annual Meeting would go into closed session for the initial consideration of the Institute’s financial position, so that any discussion would be confidential to members.

She stated that no one was required to leave the hall while Annual Meeting was operating in closed session, but passing the resolution meant the information would be kept within the Annual Meeting forum and was not for publication.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ian Leckie (National Executive) seconded:

That the Institute go into closed session.


The National President advised the Institute was now in closed session, and invited members of the Executive Membership Services & Finance Committee to the stage.

She called on Nigel Wilson, Chair of the National Executive’s Membership Services & Finance Committee to present the Financial Report and noted that the session was merely a discussion on the Financial Report and that the subscription and resources debate would be held on Wednesday morning.

Nigel Wilson presented the Financial Statement. Members of the Membership Services and Finance Committee assisted in the discussion. Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ian Leckie (National Executive) seconded:

That the Financial Report and Balance Sheet be received.


The National President asked if there were any representatives who wished to ask questions. There were no questions.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ian Leckie (National Executive) seconded:

That the Financial Report and Balance Sheet be printed in the record of proceedings of this meeting.


Judith Nowatarski (National Executive) moved, Diane Leggett (National Executive) seconded:

That the Institute resume in open session.


The National President advised the Institute had resumed in open session, and that in the closed session Nigel Wilson and members of the Executive Membership Services and Finance Committee presented the Financial Report and Balance Sheet.


She also advised that a motion was agreed authorising the printing of the Financial Report and Balance Sheet in the record of Annual Meeting.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ian Leckie (National Executive) seconded:

That the business done in closed session be confirmed in open session.


There being no questions on the Financial Report, the National President thanked Nigel Wilson and the following members of the Membership Services and Finance Committee – Irene Cooper, Ann Hoglund, Te Aroha Hiko, Ian Leckie, Diane Leggett, Winnifred Morris, Judith Nowotarski. She noted that the National President was also a member of Membership Services and Finance Committee.

The National President then advised that discussion on the National Executive Report would continue.


The following representatives spoke to the report or asked questions:

Sarah Copeland

P10/65 Re proposed organisational change


and affect on staff.

National President replied

this would be more apparent after discussion of the report later in the meeting and where the organisation decided to go.

Nick Richardson [Christchurch]

P6/9 Re base point of numeracy contract and where are its results to be found.

Diane Leggett replied (National Executive)

numeracy projects had been developed in close cooperation between Ministry and project members in schools.

Anita Newland [Tai Tokerau District Council]

P7/16 Re reduced numbers of applicants for teacher training.

Ian Leckie replied (National Executive)

teacher supply is of extreme concern. Ministry and government must address this issue. Teaching must be made more attractive with higher pay.

Rikki Sheterline [Waikato District Council]

P10/57 Re support staff core funding.

Vincent Ridgway replied (National Executive)

FTEs to be based on roll of school.

Denise Hird

P8/36 Requested update on long term work



Frances Guy replied (National Executive)

working on unit guidelines and a trial for Q1 and Q2 attestation. Work on mentoring is in conjunction with Teachers Council.

Vicky Carr

Update p2 re composition of Teachers


Council Steering Group on RTC criteria and its effect on member’s rights.


Diane Leggett replied (National Executive)

Louise Green replied (National Executive)

representation from all sectors.






















Niki Mayo


Re reading recovery teachers


professional and industrial issues. There

Phebe Sorensen replied (National Executive)

had been no notice to branches re focus groups.

reports were sent.

Eileen Raynel [Waikato]

P6/7 Symposium on instructional reading


Diane Leggett replied






(National Executive)







Frances Guy replied (National Executive)

Robyn Tataurangi [Auckland]

Ian Leckie replied (National Executive)


continue discussion.

need to improve conditions so literacy standards for non-achievers could be improved.

P7/13 Online survey of principals re introduction of 1:15.

survey supplemented information on schools in difficult positions re recruiting teachers for 2009.

The National President reminded Annual Meeting of the protocols for the visit of the Prime Minister and checked that those representatives asking questions were present and prepared.


Irene Cooper met and accompanied the Prime Minister Helen Clark to the Stage.

The National President called upon Koro Toma to mihi to the Prime Minister, to be followed by the waiata ‘Whakamanawa’.

The National President welcomed the Prime Minister to Annual Meeting and invited her to address Annual Meeting.

Speech by Rt Hon Helen Clark, Prime Minister

Thank you for the invitation to address your annual conference today.

I have defined this year’s general election as being about trust.

Who do we New Zealanders trust with the future of our families, our economy, our public services, and much else besides?


Public services of course include our public education system.

Nothing is more important in offering equal opportunity to all our people to fulfil their talents than investment in education, from the earliest years, through the school years, to tertiary education and skills training.

Labour has a proud history in education going back to the First Labour Government and that legendary partnership of Peter Fraser and Clarence Beeby.

They articulated a philosophy of education of the whole child, to develop all a child's and young person's talents. Our primary school system has excelled in that, as has our early childhood education with its world leading curriculum.

When I became Prime Minister, it was after many bleak years of highly charged political debate over education policy.

Our predecessors pushed change which was driven by right wing ideology and not by evidence-based best practice.

Bulk funding was an especially divisive issue – and was quickly abandoned by our new government.

I suspect that we were elected in 1999 just in time to stop the introduction of:

performance pay

national testing, and

a voucher approach to school funding

But of course none of those ideas have gone away.

Rigid national testing remains at the heart of National’s education policy, as is more funding for private schools.

And as their industrial relations policy seeks to weaken collective bargaining, we have to assume that individual contracts remain their preferred form of workplace agreements.

None of these ideas have had any currency during my nine years as Prime Minister, and I can assure you that none of these ideas will fly in the fourth term of the Labour-led Government for which I am campaigning.

Let me now address a number of the areas of current interest to NZEI where we are doing good work, and wish to continue to build on what has been achieved.

Obviously the 20 Hours Free policy in early childhood education has been a highlight of our third term.

That was a promise made in the 2005 election campaign, and it came into effect on 1 July last year.

More than 85,000 three and four year-olds are now estimated to be participating across 2,137 teacher led services.

I am pleased to say that includes 100 per cent of kindergartens.

Feedback I’ve had from kindergartens is that they appreciate the greater certainty of funding which this policy brings.

For parents who had their children in other services, the savings from 20 Hours Free can add up to $80 - $90 a week per child.



regard 20 Hours Free as a very important extension of the public education system –

indeed the most important extension since the First Labour Government brought in free and

compulsory secondary education.

20 Hours Free establishes teacher-led early childhood education as without doubt a core part of the education system.

It emphasises quality, by applying the policy only to the teacher-led services.

This policy, however, is one of many up for grabs at the election.

The National Party makes it clear that they are not committed to 20 free hours. They worked overtime with elements of the private ECE sector to try to knock the policy over before it began, by discouraging centres from taking up the policy.

At the very top of the NZEI’s ten steps for quality education is participation in quality early childhood education.

We agree – lifting participation so that all our small children are involved is our goal too, and so is raising quality.

Participation is up by 4 per cent since 1999; by 8 per cent for Pasefika children; and by 6 per cent for Maori.

Since 2000, more than $100 million capital has gone into community based services through the Discretionary Grants Scheme – creating more than 6,000 new places. And we have raised the bar on staff qualifications – requiring 80 per cent to be registered teachers by 2010, and 100 per cent by 2012.

The proportion of registered teachers had more than doubled between July 2003 and 2007.

Enrolments in ECE teaching qualifications increased by 45 per cent from 2002 to 2006.

This year alone more than 2,100 Incentive Grants are supporting staff currently employed in ECE to gain their qualifications.

Overall, early childhood education has been and will continue to be a huge priority for Labour.

The investment is huge – we’ve trebled spending on ECE from the 1999 figure of around $300 million to just on $900 million this year.

Let me turn now to the issues of pay – as well trained, well paid teachers are the linchpin of

a great education system.

Recruiting and retaining top quality teachers has been a focus for Labour, and it’s an issue which we’ve worked with NZEI on for years.

To attract new people into the profession, we need to pay decent salaries. We’ve made progress, with the graduate entry rate moving in July next year I understand to $45,653, an increase of 38 percent since 2000. I understand that overall the average pay of school teachers overall is up by 37 per cent, to around $65,444, and for principals is up 43 per cent.

Kindergarten teachers achieved full implementation of pay parity with primary teachers in


I understand that the new collective agreement with NZEI also includes substantial increases for teachers who undertake additional responsibility.


An additional 10,000 management units are to be phased in over 2009 and 2010; and

The value of these units increases progressively, and will be $4000 in July 2009

For first-time principals, there is now a commitment to ten days development release time over an eighteen month period to be used for professional learning.

I’m also aware that the introduction of the new New Zealand Curriculum requires professional development time. I’m pleased to announce today that we’ve agreed to grant a further teacher-only day next year for the primary sector for this purpose.

I also want to comment on the importance of the work done by school support staff, the invisible army which helps keep our schools running. Our government believes it is time their hard work is better recognised.

The new collective agreement for support staff was settled in December last year. One of the features of the settlement was an agreement to establish a tripartite working group, comprising NZEI, the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand School Trustees Association, to develop options for a new support staff remuneration structure.

We’re also committed to working with the NZEI and other unions on the issue of low pay in the support staff sector. Indeed as a government, we have a focus on low pay overall. We’ve lifted the minimum wage every year since being elected – the adult minimum is up from $7 to $12 an hour, a rise of over 70 per cent since 1999, and we’ve targeted low pay in the public sector.

Last year, for example, we provided additional funding for a ‘pay jolt’ for cleaners in the public health sector – and we have been seeking to replicate that for school cleaners and caretakers.

Lately, NZEI has been talking with the Minister of Education about a pathway to address the issue of low pay among school support staff members. I was pleased to hear that the NZEI and the Ministry of Education have reached an understanding on how the issue of low pay will be approached in negotiations for a new support staff collective agreement early next year.

Our government is prepared to provide the additional funding required for a ‘pay jolt’ to raise pay rates for low paid school support staff, just as we are proposing to do for school cleaners and caretakers. General pay increases, including those for higher paid support staff, will continue to be negotiated as usual. Pay increases for low paid support staff should be able to come into force at the same time as do the new pay rates for your cleaning and caretaking colleagues.

Across the board, our government has made a huge investment in education – up 84 per cent overall in nine years.

There have been many new initiatives – not least the gazetting of the new NZ Curriculum, and the development of the first ever curriculum for Maori immersion education – Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

We are employing more than 6,000 more teachers than there were nine years ago.

There have been significant investments in new technologies in education, and in new schools and refurbishment – I see this at first hand as I get to open quite a lot of new developments.

The five year school property budgets have been very useful in helping schools budget and plan ahead.


Schools have participated in initiatives to promote better child health – like those targeted at obesity through ‘Mission On’ and the new National Administrative Guidelines on food sold on school premises.

We’ve made the big investments because of the fundamental importance of education. Like health, it is one of those areas where short term penny pinching leads to long term failure.

So, I come back to where I began. This election is about trust. For NZEI the central issue will be : who do you trust with the future of the education system ? Who has demonstrated to you that they have the track record on and the commitment to prioritising public education?

Labour has steadily increased investment in education – and there’s still much more to do.

Over the next four years, (and starting this week), we’ve budgeted for $10.6 billion of tax cuts. Yet we’ve been able to do that while also keeping up investment in critical areas like education and health.

Our opponents are offering far bigger tax cuts – so something would have to give. Far bigger tax cuts and maintaining and improving spending on education and other critical areas just don’t add up.

And driving up New Zealand’s debt levels by borrowing for tax cuts is reckless – especially in the middle of the worse international financial crisis since the 1930s.

So the choice is up to you.

Given the privilege of a fourth term in government, we in Labour look forward to continuing to work with NZEI to build the best possible education system we can for the 21st century.

The National President called on members to ask questions, as follows:

Monique Jansonius [National Executive] – Prime Minister, on behalf of both support staff and our teaching colleagues, thank you for recognising the value and importance of the work that we do in schools and centres throughout New Zealand. NZEI acknowledges the government’s commitment to addressing the issue of low pay-rates for Support Staff and want to thank you for publicly acknowledging this as something that can and will be resolved. Your comments now enable us to refocus on the bargaining of our collective employment agreement that will take place early in 2009 and how we can ensure the low pay issue is remedied as part of that process. We look forward to working with the government on a ‘fix’ that includes a process to ensure that a funding stream is available to enable Principals and Boards to implement the support staff pay-rates without compromising other school funding priorities.

Tony Hamilton [Rodney-Otamatea] – Stakeholder Working Parties have produced two reports around the Operations Grant for the Minister of Education – one on ICT and one on the Non-Teaching Staff Workforce. To date, only the ICT Report has been released.

Does the government have a timeframe for the release of the Non-teaching Staff Workforce report and will this report form the basis of a plan to reform the Operations Grant and develop options for establishing a highly skilled and appropriately paid support staff workforce in the education sector?

Prime Minister – I did not know the report had not been released and will follow that up. I’m sure it will reveal the question of fundamental re-examination of priorities.

Marion Dekker [Tauranga] – The value of quality early childhood programmes for pre-school children is well recognised. The group most at risk of missing out on ECE are those children living in low socio-economic areas. What plan would a returning Labour


Government implement to ensure equitable access and increased participation rates in ECE for children living in low socio-economic areas?

Prime Minister – Will continue to prioritise under-serviced areas, especially low socio- economic areas, in particular Māori and Pasifika children.

Sharon Shaw [Central King Country] – Poverty is an identified factor in a children’s failure in education. We also know that the socio economic status of families is directly linked. What policies would a Labour led government implement to raise the standard of living and ensure access to the range of social services that would assist families living in relative poverty?

Prime Minister – Importance of full employment, working for families programme, primary health-care strategies, state housing availability all help to address those issues.

Tiri Bailey-Nowell [National Executive] – With the launch of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa on Friday September 26 it became public knowledge that there would be an additional marau, Te Reo Pakeha to stand alongside all the other marau including Learning Languages. My question is why is there no stand alone curriculum area within The New Zealand Curriculum – English Medium for Te Reo Maori? Where is the language equity in that?

Prime Minister – Spoke about her personal memory of a wonderful primary teacher who taught her some Te Reo when she was nine years of age. Would like more children to learn Te Reo Maori but also hindered by lack of teachers with this knowledge. New curriculum demonstrates that to function fully in New Zealand knowledge of English is also vital.

The National President called on Ian Leckie to thank the Prime Minister.

Ian Leckie thanked the Prime Minister – Rt Hon Helen Clark on behalf of the 125 th Annual Meeting of NZEI Te Riu Roa, and welcomed the Minister of Education, Hon. Chris Carter.

Ian Leckie congratulated Ms Clark on using the opportunity to address NZEI national representatives and acknowledged the positive response of NZEI Te Riu Roa members to her announcements on recognising the invisible army that is the support staff workforce. He added, that members working in schools do not see them as invisible – they were a very necessary and positive support to schools programmes and they supported the needs of particular children as well. Both very visible roles. Ian Leckie said the pay jolt would be welcome, and trusted that the mechanism to honour the pledge would be in place. Lifting participation and engagement was the aim of all educators.

Trust was important and he acknowledged that the government and NZEI had worked together to shape the current and the future education environment. Among these achievements were:

Settlement of all major collective agreements

Improvements in teaching staffing, especially 1:15

Developments and improvement in ECE – 20 hours free

Recognition of leadership in schools through the delivery of units

Revised national curriculum and Te Marautanga Curriculum

And now support staff too.

Ian Leckie acknowledged the positive relationship between the government, her ministers, and NZEI Te Riu Roa. He took the opportunity to wish the Prime Minister well in the coming general election and said that 49,000 members throughout the country were represented by those present at the meeting.

He presented a gift of pounamu, and invited Annual Meeting to share in thanking and showing appreciation to the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Helen Clark.

This was followed by Waiata ‘Tikina Ra Te Kakano’.


The National President and National Secretary escorted the Prime Minister from the stage to morning tea with members in the foyer.


The National President explained that the candidates for National Vice-President and National Executive would address Annual Meeting.

She advised it was resolved by Annual Meeting 2001 that each candidate would have 1½ minutes, inclusive of an appropriate mihi. The order of speakers had been determined by a ballot. The list of National Executive nominees was in the agenda booklet.

The speaking order was printed and in members’ folders, along with a copy of each candidate’s CV. Representatives were to note that the candidates’ names were listed in alphabetical order on the voting papers.

Te Reo Areare nominated representatives on National Executive for 2009 were: Tiri Bailey- Nowell, Te Aroha Hiko, Sophie Short.

The National Secretary advised there was one nomination for the position of National President. As there would be no election, Frances Nelson would not speak at that time.

The National President advised there were three candidates for the position of Vice- president. The nomination of Judith Nowatarski, as one of these candidates, had not been included in the information in the Rourou Annual Meeting supplement. This omission was due entirely to an internal mistake. Judith’s nomination was in ahead of the deadline and should have been included in the supplement. The National President apologised to her for the error.

Sesilia Palu had withdrawn her nomination from the election of the Primary Teaching Sector representatives on the National Executive prior to the printing of the Rourou Annual Meeting Supplement containing the CVs of nominees.

There were two nominations for the two positions of Support Staff – Primary, one nomination for the Support Staff position – Secondary/Area Schools’ Sector and there were three nominations for the three positions from the Early Childhood Education Sector. As there would not be an election for these positions, these nominees were not required to address Annual Meeting.

The speaking Order for National Executive Candidates, Annual Meeting 2008 were:

National Vice-President Judith Nowotarski Ian Leckie Diane Leggett

National Executive - Primary Sector Frances Guy Ron Graham Vincent Ridgway Louise Green David Kennedy Karl Vasau Fiona Matapo Peter de la Chaumette Clint Green Nigel Wilson Phebe Sorensen


Nicola Mayo Winnifred Morris Frances Cudby


The National President called on Nigel Wilson and members of the working group to the stage.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ann Hoglund (National Executive) seconded:

That the presentation – Operation Switch, be received.


Nigel Wilson, Ian Leckie, Ann Hoglund, Judith Nowotarski presented Operation Switch Whakawhitiwhiti Mahi.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) spoke as follows:

NZEI Te Riu Roa – a large, effective dynamic union has looked closely at its needs (Organisational Review) as a 21 st Century Union in moving forward in the future. Operation Switch is the key to ensuring the viability, flexibility, continuity and enhancement of organising programmes and services provided by the union.

This means that the Union needs to have the capability to:

Establish a clear and supported organisation-wide direction.

Align all activities, decision making and structure (nationally, regionally, sectorally, within interest groups) with this direction and monitor progress.

Work collaboratively with other sector partners, while maintaining a strong and independent voice backed by member involvement.

Adopt a learning orientation that encourages innovation, good process, and continuous improvement in all areas.

Move quickly and decisively when required including the capacity for frequent and ICT driven ‘rapid response’ communication, feedback and interaction with members.

Make a commitment to the ongoing renewal and development of activist, leaders and staff.

Develop an organising orientation to enable the greatest level of member involvement in the widest range of activity.

Achieve organisational effectiveness in using resources and time including a commitment to minimising bureaucracy.

Operation Switch is a critical component in securing and enhancing NZEI’s ongoing capacity and influence as this country’s largest education sector union.

As part of its review, feedback from members, enthusiasm to ensure the future of the institute, National Executive has taken the decision to move from payroll deductions to direct debit payment of subscriptions:

Maximising member involvement efficiently to build ownership.

Focus the process on setting broad direction based on member input rather than being overly prescriptive, and

Having a limited number of goals and strategies that enable clear focus.

To enable this to happen the Operation Switch campaign is being launched at this Annual Meeting.

Operation Switch is about the way in which we need to pay subscriptions from today and in the future.


Currently subscriptions are paid through Payroll services by a contract agreement with the Ministry of Education. So that NZEI has greater security over its income there is a need for NZEI Te Riu Roa to switch its members away from Payroll deduction to Direct Debit.

By carrying this out the strengthening relationship between the union and its members will grow and is seen as an important outcome of this process.

NZEI Te Riu Roa has for some time been aware of the benefits to the organisation from having its members paying subscriptions in ways that don’t have the hands on involvement of third parties, for example the Ministry of Education payroll system and various kindergarten association payrolls.

NZEI Te Riu Roa then is committed to encouraging all its members to review their current subscription payment method and move to direct debit payments. This way the Institute will be able to collect subscriptions from its members with the knowledge that this Switch will free subscription income for other activities.

Operation Switch will ensure that the Union’s subscription income is secure and independent. In doing so the strength of direct relationships with members is increased and growth and activism continue to build.

Ian Leckie (National Executive): spoke as follows:

NZEI Te Riu Roa is a member driven organisation and as such there is a very close relationship between the members and the operation of our union. As an organising union there is a continued need to protect ourselves from the influence of others and as this will result in a better organisation, we have an obligation to look after ourselves.

NZEI Te Riu Roa cannot work for its members if there isn’t a secure and ongoing financial


remain sustainable.

Members rely on the organisation, and the organisation relies on its members to

If we are to maintain the influence we have in the education world then we have to ensure

there is reliability in our operational capacity.

Operation Switch has to start somewhere and at Annual Meeting 2008 that the first commitments to ensuring this sustainability can be made. Representatives and observers to this meeting are all members of NZEI Te Riu Roa and we can all be the first to make the move.

I hear you ask … why should we move to direct debit?

We need to remain mindful that the budget approved at Annual Meeting 2007 was based on

a projected large deficit. The likely case scenario for the end of 2008 is that the actual deficit will be even more than that which was predicted.

National Executive considered the need for a possible subscriptions increase for 2009 and in deciding to proceed ensured any possible savings were taken into account in the making of that decision. In all likelihood the sub increase sought would have been greater had NE not done this. Even though the possible $300,000 in deductions savings may be considered significant, the flow of this into our accounts has many depending factors and until it eventuates consideration of it at this stage would be a risk to the organisation. When 100% of members are using direct debit we can then consider this with far more certainty. A further thought is that this figure alone does not even represent equivalence to the annual rate of inflation.

Therefore the need for a subscription increase and the impact of saving go hand in hand with the end result we still strongly recommend the subscription increase.


There is a clear need for us to be planning ahead and as a responsible organisation this is what we are bound to do.

Ann Hoglund (National Executive) spoke as follows:

You will be responsible for predicting what your annual earnings for all roles covered by NZEI agreements will be. This will ensure that you are not overpaying your subscriptions and give you greater control over subscription payments.

We know that Support Staff members who don’t receive a regular salary every fortnight have problems with subscription payments via payroll. This is because the same formula is used by the payroll computer to work out the subscriptions of ALL NZEI members.

That formula doesn’t take into account that many Support Staff members do not work the same number of hours every week throughout the year.

An electronic calculator has been devised on the NZEI website to ease the translation to direct debit of those Support Staff who are non-annualised and who, because of irregular earning patterns, have difficulty with payroll formula used to determine subscriptions. This makes it very easy to calculate what your annual earnings will be and what you should be paying for your NZEI subscription. So please log on and check your details, you may well find you will be paying less with the Direct Debit system, as the calculations will be a lot more precise than the MOE payroll computers are in calculating your subscriptions.

Judith Nowotarski (National Executive) spoke as follows:

The action of ‘switching’ is a manual task for members so the working party determined this campaign to be worthy of incentives.

The costs of providing incentives can be met by the savings estimated in this year alone, and because of the minimal costs of the ‘Operation Switch’ Campaign to date.

Four draws will take place at the end of November – from the pool of members who have made the ‘switch’ before the end of November.

Each of the four draws provides a lucky recipient with $2500 of air travel – to be used domestically, nationally or internationally!

Your opportunity to be in with a chance happens when National Office receive advice (i.e. the paperwork) that you are making the switch to Direct Debiting as your subscription payment method – you will be automatically entered into a draw pool!

So … What more motivation do you need???

Let me remind you – Operation Switch is about improving the way in which NZEI Te Riu Roa collects subscriptions from members.

Operation Switch is about reducing NZEI’s dependency on the MOE Payroll system as the most significant collection method.

This presentation then is about leadership, a very special type of leadership – collective leadership.

Michael Chirichello said and I quote – “Collective leadership supports a culture in which trusting relationships are valued and members of the organisation experience a sense of self empowerment.”

The success of Operation Switch – annual meeting requires that all representatives and observers take on board the challenge and exercise your support for the campaign.


We ask that you interact with your colleagues and encourage them to make the Switch. As an activist and leader – use the following words as part of your discussion: Us; We; Our; Union.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) continued:

The success of Operation Switch will vividly demonstrate effective and efficient leadership of our activists – you as members of Annual Meeting.

Long term measures of our leadership success are:

The union’s subscription income being secure and independent.

The strength of direct relationships with members is increased and growth and activism continue to build – so tip the balance and … secure NZEI’s Future.

Switch with Style! Sign yourself up today! Lead in your worksites tomorrow encourage members to make the switch next term.

We have leaders amongst us Noeline Lemon signed up 100% of her staff and added a new member on direct debiting – You can Switch now.

NZEI’s rules currently limit the range of options available to members for paying subscriptions – rule changes are proposed to address these matters. Operation Switch is the way we will secure the Union for the future.

The following representatives spoke to the report or asked questions:

Tony Hamilton [Rodney-Otamatea]

Nigel Wilson replied (National Executive)

Garth Houltham [Papatoetoe]

Supported – questioned whether there were other options other than direct debit – i.e. credit card.

NZEI was talking to banks.

Questioned how this would apply to relievers and could payments be suspended?

Chris Stuart

Questioned re payments by relievers who









would have.


Darrell Ward

that the working patterns of relievers varied.


Best option was to contact Field Officer to find most effective coverage.

Anita Newland [Tai Tokerau District Council]

Ruhia Hamilton [A T – Kahungaunu Ki Te Wairoa]

Noted this was a very difficult time for members to make this change.

Questioned whether










Darrell Ward



Christine Mack

Some members really against direct debit as

[North Shore]

it is a cost to individual members which varies from bank to bank rather than NZEI organisation.


Kerry Wood [South Canterbury]

Can payroll deal with problem of large number of members changing.

Darrell Ward



Caleb Wall [AT – Te Whanganui a Tara)

How can NZEI ensure relievers who opt for the minimum payment are actually eligible for it?

Darrell Ward

Rely on trust.


Meg Moss

Supported. - Currently Early Childhood can

Direct debit fine for passionate activists.


only pay by direct debit and it is easy on

Mary Pearson

easy option.


However huge bank charges if member has no funds in bank when payment due to be made.

The National President thanked members of the Operation Switch Working Group: Nigel Wilson, Ann Hoglund, Irene Cooper, Ian Leckie, Te Aroha Hiko, Judith Nowatarski, Diane Leggett, Winnifred Morris, herself plus Staff members Paul Goulter, Steve Coates, Stephanie Mills and Darrell Ward.


The National President advised that, again, this year she had convened an Annual Meeting Resolution Advisory Committee (AMRAC) to provide advice to her on the resolutions and the order that these would be taken.

The National President advised the first session was to consider the resolutions to amend or repeal Institute Rules and Policy.

The National President reminded branches sponsoring recommendations on the rules and policy to have notified the Help Desk of the names of movers and seconders as soon as possible.

She also reminded representatives that in terms of the Rules of NZEI, motions to insert, add, rescind or amend rules must be agreed by at least a 60% majority.

The National President reminded representatives that Rule 6.19.6 stated that no resolution

to insert, add, rescind or amend the rules could be subject to amendment. In other words

the resolutions regarding rules would be won or lost as they were worded.

Members were reminded that resolutions to amend Institute rules and policy that related to

a particular report would be taken when that report was discussed, wherever possible.

Movers and seconders were to be prepared to speak to their resolution at any session.


The National President announced Annual Meeting would consider resolutions to amend rules and that these were to be taken in the order recommended by AMRAC.

The National President announced that Numbers 2 and 5 would be taken at this time.


Entrance Fees, Subscriptions and Levies


Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ann Hoglund (National Executive) seconded

That 2.13.2 of the Rules of the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (Inc) be amended by:

Replacing the current rule 2.13.2:

2.13.2 Each full and Student Teacher member shall pay an annual subscription in advance to the National Secretary except that those members in receipt of a fortnightly payment of salary may remit their subscription by way of salary deduction at the rate of fourteen three-hundred-and-sixty fifths (14/365) of the annual subscription each fortnight or at the rate of one-twelfth of the annual subscription each month by direct debit from a nominated bank account. In any case where arrangements with an employer or payroll service to deduct subscriptions from salary have been proved to be continually unsatisfactory in remitting subscriptions owing, the National Secretary may determine that an alternative method of payment shall apply and shall advise affected members in writing at least 30 days before any change takes effect.

With 2.13.2 Each full and Student Teacher member shall pay a membership subscription to

the National Secretary at the appropriate rate that has been determined under rule



The mover spoke to the resolution.

The following representatives spoke to the resolution or asked questions.

Russell Hallam

Questioned whether new members would


have to move to direct debit.

Darrell Ward

current processes would continue for some



Jean Dolheguy

Membership form query as form only states


branch in school or home.

Darrell Ward








Tony Hamilton [Rodney-Otamatea]

Nigel Wilson replied (National Executive)

Tony Hamilton [Rodney-Otamatea]

Nigel Wilson replied (National Executive)

Rule change gives total control as to how a member pays to National Executive – does not allow for structured approach.

Rule 2.13.3 is set at Annual Meeting.




rule is

not about method of

believes rule change does allow this to occur.


Amanda Caldwell [Franklin)

Ngaire Chaney [Coromandel Peninsula]


Raised point of clarification – does not believe previous question and answer is clear to representatives.

concerned changes in subscription occurring at same time as proposed changes in Institute structure – they should be delayed until after this is determined.

Nigel Wilson (National Executive) moved, Ann Hoglund (National Executive) seconded:

That the Rules of the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (Inc) be amended by:

Inserting a new rule numbered 2.13.4 (numbering subject to deletion of the current 2.13.4; otherwise 2.13.5 with subsequent rules renumbering).

2.13.5 The National Executive shall determine the methods of payment of subscriptions available to members which shall be notified from time to time in Rourou.


The mover spoke to the resolution. Rule change is to reflect current practice.

The following representatives spoke to the resolution or asked questions:

Tony Hamilton [Rodney-Otamatea]

Opposed – does give total power to National Executive to determine method of payment.

Anna Lee

Supported – need to grapple with difficulties

[West Auckland]

of changing method of payment – cannot

Russell Hallam

always be assured of government cooperation.


Opposed – does not mention Annual Meeting or different methods of payment.

Cliff Willcocks

Questioned whether government was likely


to prevent payroll deducting NZEI subs.

Nigel Wilson replied (National Executive)

that internationally a new government had removed this provision

The National President advised that as meetings were scheduled at lunchtime this debate would continue at a later time.

The National President reminded the President’s Advisory Committee to meet at the Help Desk immediately upon the lunch adjournment.

The National President announced that during the lunch break there were two workshops:

Lobbyists/Campaigning being held Civic Suites 1 & 2 and the Poverty Workshop in The Lion Harbourview lounge at the Michael Fowler Centre. Only those who had registered for those workshops could attend the sessions as space and resources were only allocated on the numbers registered.

Annual Meeting adjourned at 12.45pm



Annual Meeting resumed at 1:45pm.

Organising Call Centre (OCC) Presentation

Kelly Dare, Organising Calling Centre (OCC) presented the following report:

Kia ora. My name is Kelly and I’ve been pushed forward to introduce the new Organising Calling Centre to you all. The people who work here are Morgan who is studying Accounting, Emma and Theresa are both studying English Literature, Dom, who couldn’t be here today, is doing Industrial Relations, Ashleigh and Kris who have recently joined us and Rachel and I are both training to be teachers. Of course, we wouldn’t be anywhere without our fearless leader Jo, who has managed to train us into the brilliant callers you see before you today.

The OCC opened on 29 July 2008 with a welcoming drink and nibbles. Not bad for our first night at a new job! After that, though, we were thrown straight into being trained to make calls regarding support staff issues, the organisational review of NZEI, worksite checks and of course the election. For all of us, it was great to be immediately involved in some of the key campaigns of NZEI.

Overall, the union has been an extremely supportive place for us to work. We’ve been given training in what happens behind the scenes and how much work all sectors of the union really do. We’ve also been given training in Māori pronunciation and we really do try our best but feel free to correct us if we get it wrong!

The response to our calls has been really great – we especially enjoyed the support staff conference feedback including finding out what the mystery workshop was! Also valuable, has been finding out about how members are feeling in the current political environment.

Our goal is to provide members with a positive union experience and I hope that we manage to do that. We’re interested in getting your opinions and being able to put forward what you think to the union.


The National President advised of the continuation of discussion on Resolution No. 5.

Caleb Wall (AT Te Whanganui a Tara)

Opposed – National Executive should not be given this power. Membership should be given the option to decide.

Ian Leckie (National Executive)

Supported – clarified that National Executive needed to have flexibility to deal with practices that may be introduced by banks. NZEI is currently at risk if the government stops the ability of payroll to debit subscriptions from those employed by the state sector. The intention was to broaden current rule. While National Executive have a preferred option, other methods will remain.

Erika Locke

Opposed – current rules give National


Executive power to do this now.


Tukiteoa Kerei

Opposed – once members actually see money

Supported – change of government could

Opposed – needs to be rewritten for next

(AT Tokoroa)

coming out of bank account, many are likely

Anne Gover

to withdraw.


easily stop deductions from payroll and NZEI

Chris Stuart

could not function.



Ruhia Hamilton (AT Kahungunu ki te Wairoa)

Supported – if National Executive make poor decisions this will be reflected in voting at next Annual Meeting.

Rikki Sheterline (Waikato District Council)

Supported – should have faith in National Executive. Greater activism could result from members who actually notice that the sub is being deducted from their bank accounts.

Nigel Wilson– in reply (mover)

Each individual existing member can make their own decision as to which subscription method they select. New members from now on will have subscriptions paid by direct debit. It will not be used with indiscretion but give National Executive flexibility if they have to react to situations that arise between Annual Meetings. Subscriptions deducted from Early Childhood and kindergarten members currently often remain in those institutions’ bank accounts earning interest for them for some time before being sent to National Office.


The National President informed members, that at Annual Meeting 2007, one of the three priorities identified was for NZEI to conduct an organisational review to ensure that NZEI, in every way possible, became a union fit for working in the 21 st century. NZEI’s new National Secretary, Paul Goulter, would present “Building the Union – A Strategy for NZEI”. It was the framework endorsed by the National Executive that it believed would enable NZEI to become a successful union and professional organisation. She reminded members that many of them had already been introduced to the framework as it had become the platform upon which National Executive had begun to build the work going forward on the Organisational Review. Paul’s presentation this morning was important from the perspective of giving representatives an opportunity to put a framework around both the organisational review and the work the union had undertaken as part of the campaigning pilot programmes NZEI had developed over the past three months. It signalled National Executive’s intent to sharpen its focus around the agreed purpose for its work.

The National President stated also that she intended to open up discussion around the framework at the end of the presentation

National Secretary – Paul Goulter presented a powerpoint presentation “Building Unions:

Frameworks for Change”.






The following representatives spoke to the resolution or asked questions: Erika Locke Concerned PCTAG was
The following representatives spoke to the resolution or asked questions: Erika Locke Concerned PCTAG was

The following representatives spoke to the resolution or asked questions:

Erika Locke

Concerned PCTAG was being dropped.


National President replied

this was a separate issue. Suggestion for dropping PCTAG was part of Owen Harvey’s Reorganisation Report.

Caleb Wall (AT Te Whanganui a Tara)

“He Whakaaro Tautoko” – supported.

Shona Woodhead (Tauranga)

Not a lot of involvement in her branch because members see NZEI becoming an industrial union, rather than professional.

Dot Lovell-Smith (West Auckland)

Interested in research being carried out in private early childhood centres.

Peter de la Chaumette (Auckland)

Interested in strategies that would be needed if there was a change of government.

National Secretary replied

the strategies must continue.

Colleen Phillip

Agreed NZEI needed plans but these must

Queried whether NZEI knew names of


not become too prescriptive, but must

Judy Wilton

respond to “passion” of members.

(Hutt Valley)

Reading Recovery teachers, because many were bulk funded from Operations Grant - and other bulk funded teachers.


Nigel Jones

Much complacency was due to the fact that


many branches did not realise what it was they could discuss at branch meetings and need training in this.

Hayley Whitaker







(National Executive)









The National President – Frances Nelson thanked Paul Goulter, National Secretary, for his presentation.


Angelo Gavrielatos, President, Australian Education Union

Mihi by Koro Toma

National President - Frances Nelson called on Judith Nowotarski to introduce Angelo Gavrielatos.

Judith Nowotarski’s introduction for Angelo Gavrielatos began with a waiata.

“Ko Aotea taku waka ko tipua hororangi te tata

E hoe e ko Kautu-ki-te-rangi nga tai e riwaru!”

Judith Nowotarski introduced Angelo Gavrielatos, as follows:

Angelo, my waiata tawhio speaks of the waka Aotea, and the paddle, names Kautu-ki-te- rangi. I liken you to being the captain of your waka Australian Education Union, and that your being with us, is like the paddle putting your waka – your union – and ours closer together.

Angelo, you participated in our powhiri. You observed our Awards evening and you partied with us! You have experienced our tikanga; our way of acknowledging the excellence of our members and the way we celebrate those moments that are so important to us.

It is my pleasure to invite Angelo Gavrielatos to address our Annual Meeting.

Angelo Gavrielatos Address

(summarised as follows)

I thank everyone for the very warm welcome to your country. In response to that very warm welcome from Koro Toma, can I acknowledge the traditional custodian of the land that I met today. I come to you today in the spirit of international solidarity in the hope that we can continue to work together to achieve that which is the most important outcome to us, which

is the improvement of education of the students under our care. I say, on a daily basis,

that as educators we have one responsibility, a responsibility that we take very seriously, a

responsibility to improve the education outcome of our students, a responsibility to ensure that they can become better citizens of the future. Before I go on to present to you the political landscape as it is existing in Australia at the moment, I would like to make some observations about your proceedings thus far.

In all my professional life, that was the first time I’ve experienced a Prime Minister acknowledging and celebrating the achievements, efforts and contributions of teachers and educators in an education system. I haven’t seen it before. I was impressed with that acknowledgment and celebration of your efforts and contributions by your Prime Minister.


Also my observations of some of the debates that you have had, reminded me of the debates that we will continue to have at home and right across the world whenever educators meet. It is our responsibility as elected leaders and, I’m talking about all of us collectively, to constantly evaluate and strive, in order to strengthen and deepen the level of engagement of our membership. In the absence of that engagement we will not grow as unions; we will not grow as individuals nor grow collectively. The last observation that I can make is with respect to your debate around the collection of dues, membership fees and the direct debit campaign that you have launched. It is interesting that my home union, the NSW Federation, three years ago, launched an aggressive campaign called SWITCH. The campaign was launched aggressively in 2006 because some 13 years earlier we were complacent. 13 years earlier, in 1992, a hostile conservative government in NSW, overnight ceased payroll deductions. In 1992 we said how important it was to start switching people over to direct debit but it was a case of too many words without action. We woke up in 2006, courtesy of the onslaught of the government that changed the industrial laws, which could have seen the cessation of deductions at that point.

Under the Howard government, a change to industrial laws saw a cessation of payroll deductions. In NSW in three years some 18,000 people moved over to direct debit which means for 62% of membership now, we do not have to rely on payroll deductions. That means our house is in order. Last year on 24 th November the union movement, the teacher movement, the broader education movement, celebrated a change of government to a government that governs, rather than a government underpinning their policies with fear and division.

The Rudd government took office with a lot of hope, a lot of expectation, an expectation to

value itself. The 13 th of February was one of the special moments in the history of Australia

- a transforming moment with respect to the psychology of the nation, an uplifting moment,

- a long overdue apology to the stolen generation of Australia.

We say to our students, as teachers, it’s always important to be proud of our past but we need to acknowledge in Australia that there are certain aspects of the past which were wrong and that apology had to be put in place. We still have a long way to go. We all thought based on that initial day in Parliament that the Kevin Rudd government would fulfil our expectations. Today, amongst the business of union in general, amongst teachers and educators in particular, there is very deep disappointment. The government has not moved anywhere fast enough or deeply enough to changing the industrial relations laws in our country. We have a long way to go. Yesterday, the Council of Trade Unions launched a new campaign to put more pressure on the government to speed up those industrial relations reforms. Helen Clark’s acknowledgment of your work, and your achievements, we need to see in Australia. Teachers live every day with the imposition of a transparent and accountability agenda in our schools. In fact, I believe that worldwide, teachers and educators, in general, have never been subjected to more political scrutiny than we are subjected today.

It is fine to have quality programmes. Parents have a right to be informed about them. Kevin Rudd and the Minister of Education would like to go beyond that and start comparing schools. National tests are being introduced this year. Unfortunately, the government wants to import the worst of ideas from overseas. We want policies from countries which are consistently performing, and that have high quality outcomes for students, rather than those from UK and USA.

Next year we’ll see the first round of national standardisation tests for Years 7 and 9. It is wrong. National standard testing, and comparison in lead tables, is in fact a narrow curriculum and the very people affected are those that are most affected - disadvantaged students.

We have a long way to go as far as our campaigns and our struggles to achieve are concerned. We will continue to demand from government their obligation to publicly support our efforts, to support teachers and to support educators. We don’t operate in a vacuum.


For far too long the funding of our schools has been to the detriment of our students. We say that all students regardless of location, regardless of background, have the right to a quality public school education.

I say to our teachers, I say to our educators, the most pressing issue confronting Australian teachers is the human rights issue and human rights must be confronted by students and their communities. We constantly strive to address underachievement, whatever that is. The underperformance of indigenous students is the major obstacle that must be overcome.

Our course, our struggle is not an isolated case. I just described, the agenda of degradation of teachers, the agenda of commercialisation of commodities, is an international agenda of education.

Solidarity is where we work collectively for the common good and realize not only what public education means to individuals but also what it means to a civilized global world, one which places values above profits.

National President - Frances Nelson called on Diane Leggett (National Executive), who offered a vote of thanks.

Diane Leggett addressed Angelo Gavrielatos, as follows:

Angelo, it is a privilege to thank you on behalf of the members of NZEI Te Riu Roa for your thought provoking address this afternoon.

NZEI is very aware that the AEU canvassed vigorously for a change of government and Kevin Rudd and his colleagues came to power with much hope and, like here, past wrongs have been acknowledged.

It is obviously disappointing that reforms are moving slowly. There are many common issues eg. quality teaching, assessment - question marks in some political arenas and private/public partnerships. New Zealand too, has a history of importing policies from overseas. However, our new curriculum is a world leading document and we are proud to put that out there to other countries. Together we can learn from each other, support each other and work together to better outcomes for students.

Please accept this gift in appreciation of your presentation to us this afternoon, and safe

travels back to Australia. adversity.

The toki (adze) symbolises authority, strength and triumph over

Annual Meeting was invited to join in showing Angelo its appreciation. This was followed with a waiata.


National President – Frances Nelson called Diane Leggett and members of the “Special Education Policy Review” workgroup to the stage.

Diane Leggett (National Executive) moved, Fiona Matapo (National Executive) seconded:

That the report Special Education Policy Review be received.


Presentation of the Special Education Policy Review Report by members of the workgroup

Vinny Ridgway (National Executive) spoke as follows:


The development of this policy follows a different pathway than usual, in that it is a culmination of current policy and existing actions that have seen the place of special education in NZEI policy relegated to stand alone statements. We all know that students with special educational needs require a variety of approaches in delivery in order to encourage engagement and for learning to take place.

Special education requires passionate teachers working together with family/whanau and specialist support along with the resourcing to pull it together. It is with this in mind that we would like to present to you a visual, physical and verbal approach to the presenting of this policy. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the practical application of these supports for students with special educational needs.

Fiona Matapo (National Executive) spoke as follows:

In this box we have a creature.

features are:

Can you guess what it is by checking each feature?

Thousands of frustrated members;

Hundreds of fragmented actions;

One Annual Meeting agreement.

And no overarching policy.


Can you guess what our creature is? A copy of the policy statement.

It is our pleasure to introduce NZEI Te Riu Roa’s Special Education Policy to Annual Meeting 2008.

Diane Leggett (National Executive) spoke as follows:

Special Education continues to be a priority for NZEI Te Riu Roa. We know this because we still have those things in the box but we now have a tool to help us.

This special education policy statement sits within NZEI’s broader policy framework. They are not intended to replace that broader policy but to add the special education perspective, or to complement that policy. The working group considered ways in which other unions in Australia and in Great Britain had structured their policies and agreed that statements of principle should begin and frame the NZEI special education policy. These statements of principle would:

Express what NZEI members believe in and wish to achieve in special education;

Be readily accessible and public;

Guide the union when making public statements;

Remain relevant over time;

Acknowledge the unique place of Māori students within education and especially those in the Māori medium.

Much consultation with members had occurred during the year with a wide range of members’ perspectives being considered. The policy is a culmination of members’ ideas, philosophies, beliefs and dreams. It was the tapestry of current practice and pedagogy woven together with the members’ voices from past annual meetings where Special Education had always been a topic of hot debate.

However, there was still much to be actioned in the area of Special Education and it was important for the work to be progressed through NZEI’s workplan. The overarching policy gave NZEI the structure from which it could work through what was already in place as it was reviewed, analysed, adapted and recommended new and reviewed policy for consideration.

In conclusion, she said, she would like to acknowledge all those who contributed to the document including all members of the working party and NZEI Te Riu Roa staff.


The following representatives spoke to the report or asked questions:

Eileen Raynel

Commended the report and symbol.


Limitation on number of teachers was set in

Margaret Ready

1999, which does not take into account population growth and means case loads are unrealistic, and need to be new model based.


Commended the report - however, concerned with level of government funding through

Fiona Watson

SEG and contestable funding schemes. At present, Special Education was in crisis. Questioned how policy is going to be progressed.


Agreed that NZEI would continue to lobby for more funding after considerable consultation with members.

Clint Green (Bay of Plenty District Council)

Praised much of the report but cautioned the lack of close links or dialogue with the Ministry of Education and their poor appreciation of support staff; crucial there was more teacher education around needs of special education students.

Heather Ballantyne (Tauranga)

Applauded that members were working together; however, resourcing needed to be

Shona Woodhead (Tauranga)

“needs based” and not contestable. Miro Maori strand needed to have specially trained and resourced staff. Supported – noted there were very small sectors within special education framework.

Kerry Wood (South Canterbury)

Congratulated - but hoped it was not “blue sky” scenario; need for more training of staff who spend most time with children with special needs.

Pat Hutchison

Supported – must continue to look at “big


picture” and not let small details drive it.

Russell Hallam

Supported – need to carefully define meaning


of “local” school as this may not be nearest

Erika Locke

school; need for meaningful discussion with Ministry over this.


Supported – funding for students must continue throughout all school class levels.

Anna Lee

Concerned with “high level” statement on

(West Auckland)

page 4 of the report and retaining of existing policy while new policy being developed; must put into place actions that have been previously agreed.

Diane Leggett replied (National Executive)

it was planned that this would be part of the next stage.


Ruth Milburn

Draft policy needs to be more specific;

(West Auckland)

working party needs to be proportionally

Diane Leggett replied (National Executive)

representative. working group is made up of district council nominations, but not all district councils responded. Point taken of need to be inclusive.

Fiona Matapo replied (National Executive)

Vincent Ridgway replied (National Executive)

Tony Hamilton (Rodney Otamatea)

National President replied

Andrea Andresen (Christchurch) Vicki Vaughan (Hastings)

An amendment was put.

report was a policy document and it was not


whanau/community an opportunity to give

their view as to any action.






committee went through all existing policy resolutions on Special Education but many were now irrelevant.

Questioned which of the five bullet points on recommendations were going to be discussed further; and also questioned where “challenging” students fitted under the Special Education report.









Many would fit in under this and also the Disruptive Students policy. Had worked with students in all special education categories; questioned why there was no suggestion in the report for a “counsellor” in primary sector.

Anna Lee (West Auckland) moved, Ruth Milburn (West Auckland) seconded:

That all special education resolutions passed at Annual Meeting since 1996 remain as policy and guidelines for action until rescinded individually by Annual Meeting.


The mover and seconder spoke to the resolution.

The following representatives spoke to the resolution or asked questions:

Shona Woodhead (Tauranga)

Robyn Tataurangi (Auckland)

Tony Hamilton (Rodney-Otamatea)

Irene Cooper (National Executive)

Opposed – support given to National Executive and Special Education team; must not delay going through every report over last ten years.

Supported – will not delay report.

Supported – debated over years but detail must sit behind it until removed, if desired, by Annual Meeting.