29th Annual Conference presentations


Conference 2018 presentations, photos and videos are now available - click here.

NZSTA Outcomes Statement

All schools are effectively governed by a board of trustees whose primary focus is every student achieving their highest possible educational potential.

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All information relating to becoming a trustee can be viewed on the Trustee Election website.

For information on the Votext for schools system being used in the mid-term (staggered) elections click here

Becoming a school trustee - this three-minute video outlines what governance is all about.

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Also available are Election Planner and Election Promo Documents.

Need to advise an update for your Board of Trustees? -  You should also complete an Appendix 2 - Change in Membership of Board of Trustees (previously called Appendix F). This online form is to be completed for every new trustee that takes office following any parent, staff or student election; any parent, staff or student by-election, any selection to a casual vacancy of a parent trustee, any co-option, and when there is a change in principal or chair.  Note: the form does not have to be completed for re-elected trustees, unless their status has changed e.g. a trustee becomes Chair, or a Chair reverts to being a trustee.

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NZSTA Consultation Space

The Consultation Space provides information and links to NZSTA member surveys on issues of interest to NZSTA member boards that  NZSTA is currently seeking views on from member boards.

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Trustee Professional Development

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All NZSTA professional development is delivered by a group of high quality experienced providers.  Professional development and support opportunities will be provided at no cost to you or your board.

Register for a professional development course.

Trustees find courses in your region.  

Template resources - The following resources are available for download.

Governance Internal Evaluation Tool (IET)- To help boards identify areas where they need to improve their governance practice.

The Treaty of Waitangi and school governance - These resources are focused on enabling trustees to better understand the Treaty and emphasise the responsibility boards have in ensuring that the implications, obligations and spirit of the Treaty are implemented and upheld.

The Haepapa Effective Governance in Māori Medium online flip-book resource has been created to support the role for a trustee working in Māori medium Level 1 and 2, immersion, bilingual units and Kura ā-iwi.

Hautū - Māori cultural responsiveness self review tool for boards of trustees.

NZSTA delivered very popular Chair Residential Programmes in 2014 and 2015 which involved 200 chairs coming together for networking, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Trustee accreditation - NZSTA offers trustees from member boards the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening school governance by becoming an NZSTA Accredited Trustee.

Application process NZSTA Provider - Potential providers are required to complete an application process.

Provider pages (Providers only)

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For vacancies at NZSTA click on the button below. 

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What's New

- Click here to read Membership Matters 17 August 2018 (members only)

- Read the Boards and Strike Action Guideline here

- View the Tomorrow's Schools Discussion Paper and NZSTA's Submission on Tomorrow's Schools Review here  (members only)

- Click here to read the STAnews July issue (members only)

- View the guidelines for schools to develop or review a firearms policy here

- Click here to read about the NZ ShakeOut drill on 18 October 2018

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LMS will enable you to do the following:

-  Track your record of learning – want to see what events you have attended? Well now you can! Any events or online module you complete will now be recorded in one place.
-  Receive badges and certificates – the LMS will award you badges and certificates for milestones that you hit and for completing events.
-  Enrol for the events you want to attend.
-  See your professional development pathways – you can now follow your own personalised development pathways.

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Govtalks is the place to view a series of short videos from a range of speakers on the key components of governance, accountability, leadership, representation and the employer role.

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NZSTA New Trustees

It may seem rather daunting to start, with all the terms and processes which can seem so foreign and difficult to grasp, but we have good news! We are here to help and support you and your board of trustees. Explore our website it is packed with information and resourcesLearning modules, Governance essentials, complete a Governance Framework, also read Making a difference: Trustee handbook. Remember to update your board details by completing an Appendix 2

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All schools memo:

All schools memo 2017-01 - Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Bargaining - Upcoming Paid Union Meetings (“PUMs”)

Members memo: (Members only)

M-22-05 - From: Lorraine Kerr – President (Members only)

Media statement:

18-04-04 - NZSTA confident Tomorrow's Schools Review Panel is up to the job 

18-03-14 - Tomorrow's Schools review is the right thing at the right time

18-03-05 - Guidelines to bring clarity and consistency 

18-02-22 - Enthusiastic response to government work plan from Trustees' organisation 

18-01-31 - Children and young people share their experiences of school

17-09-18 - New dawn for Maori history in schools  

17-07-10 - School board trustees descend on Dunedin

Newsletters & Publications:

STAnews - November/December2017 (Members only)

NZSTA - Regional Newsletters (Members only)

NZSTA - Publications

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NZSTA Health Safety

Health and Safety Act 2015

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Health and Safety resources are available to assist with the introduction of the new Health and Safety legislation.

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Regional Newsletters

Member Memos

Member Publications

Trustee Handbook 

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NZSTA Services

Advisory Support Centre

Operating hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm (School Term)

Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Monday - Friday 08:00am - 05:00pm (Holidays)

   Phone: 0800 782 435

   Fax:     (04) 473 4706

(Option 1)

   Governance Advice 


(Option 2)

   Employment Advice 


(Option 3)

   Professional Development  


(Option 4

   Office of the President 

(Option 5

   Other enquiries


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Communities of Learning

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako are a part of Government's Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative to help raise the learning and achievement of all children and young people, particularly students at most risk of underachieving.

Find out more about how boards are integral to the success of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

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NZSTA Parent Place

Parent Place provides information and articles of interest to parents and caregivers. Partners in Learning sets out what parents can expect from their child’s school and more importantly, how they can help their child do well at school.

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NZSTA Employment Self-service tool

Resources made available to boards to assist them as an Employment Self Service Tool.

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NZSTA E-learning

NZSTA webinars and on-line modules are informative and practical professional development for trustees. 

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quick links

About NZSTA:

NZSTA as an Organisation

President's Office

Annual General Meeting

NZSTA Representation




Accountability:  PD Accountability

Board Responsibilities

Parent Place

Legislative Environment

Improving Student Outcomes

School Property

Health and Safety

Student Safety

Internet Safety

Funding / Finance

Representation:  PD Representation

Welcome to New Trustees

Board of Trustees

Becoming a Trustee

Who is on the Board

Trustee Elections

Expectation of a Trustee

Leadership:  PD Leadership


Role of the Board

Investing in Educational Success (IES)

Improving Student Outcomes

Conflict and Complaints


Effective Governance - Publications and Resources

Employer Role:  PD Employer Role

Recruitment & Induction

Performance Management

Day to Day Management

Concluding Employment Relationship