School Network Contacts
To be able to offer the best quality of education for every New Zealander, the education system relies on the contribution, collaboration and support of a number of sector groups, organisations and representative bodies. If you have any questions or need support, there’s lots of ways we can help.
Find a school
Our regional offices
Our education sector partners
It’s a collective effort to achieve the best outcomes for students. A number of sector groups, organisations and representative bodies work with us to deliver the best quality education for all children and young people.
The Association of Integrated Schools for New Zealand (AISNZ(external link)) is the support and networking organisation for non-Catholic state integrated schools. The majority of AISNZ schools are member schools of APIS, and AISNZ and APIS work together on matters of common interest.
The Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS(external link)) represents proprietors of all New Zealand state integrated schools. It is the official negotiating body for matters affecting integrated schools in general. The NZCEO is the secretariat for APIS members.
Education New Zealand (ENZ(external link)) promotes New Zealand as a study destination for international students. It also supports the delivery of education services offshore and administers scholarships to help New Zealanders study overseas.
The Education Review Office (ERO(external link)) is the government department that regularly evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in early childhood services and schools. ERO’s reviews of schools are available on their website.
E tū(external link) is the national union representing tens of thousands of people who work in eight industries, including school caretakers, cleaners and canteen workers.
The New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling (NZAIMS(external link)) provides support in leadership and members are mainly principals. NZAIMS is committed to meeting the learning and developmental needs of 10-14 year olds.
The New Zealand Catholic Education Office (NZCEO(external link)) is the national administrative arm of all Catholic school proprietors and works closely with the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference. They provide a range of publications, guidance, resources and support to Catholic schools. NZCEO is also the secretariat for APIS(external link) (the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools).
The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI(external link)) is the union for primary school principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools, and also in early learning services, special schools and school advisory services. Members are supported in a range of employment situations, including collective agreement negotiations. NZEI currently has about 50,000 members.
The New Zealand Principals Federation (NZPF(external link)) is the professional group that supports primary school principals.
The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers Association Te Wehengarua (NZPPTA(external link)) is the professional association and union representing secondary teachers and principals. It’s made up of more than 17,000 members and as well as ensuring access to high quality public education, they negotiate collective employment agreements and provide advice, guidance and advocacy for members about their conditions of employment.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA(external link)) is the Crown Entity responsible for assessing NCEA qualifications and other education programmes within the qualifications framework.
The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA(external link)) works with Boards of Trustees of state and state integrated schools to help them understand and undertake their legal and ethical responsibilities as governors of their schools. There are approximately 18,000 New Zealanders serving on 2,425 state and state integrated school Boards of Trustees. Approximately 2,232 of these are NZSTA members – so that’s about 92 per cent of all Boards.
The Special Education Principals' Association of New Zealand (SEPANZ(external link)) advocates on behalf of people with special educational needs and ensures provision of, and access to, quality education services for all students with special needs. SEPANZ provides a national voice for special schools and also represents other school-based providers.
The Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ(external link)) is a voluntary professional body representing the interests of secondary school principals.
TE AKATEA NZ MĀORI PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION
Te Akatea(external link) speaks on issues and provides support in all aspects of Māori education, including leadership and community and whānau engagement. School leaders don't have to be members to access this support.
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC(external link)) is the government agency that oversees tertiary education in New Zealand – funding over 700 tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to provide courses to learners at tertiary level, they also monitor the performance of TEOs and provide information and advice to the Government about tertiary education.
Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback