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.

Conference 2016

NZSTA Conference 2016

Trustee Elections

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The Trustee Election website provides Returning Officers with the ability to register for Triennial Elections.

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

School Trustee

Also available are Election Planner and Election Promo Documents.

Need to advise an update for your Board of Trustees? -  complete an Appendix F (New or change of membership of the Board of Trustees) This online form is to be completed for every trustee that takes office following an election, by-election, co-option, or selection; and when there is a change in board personnel, e.g. principal or chairperson.

2016 Trustee Triennial Election

The suggested common election date is Friday 3 June 2016.  This would allow the election to be held within the school term and meet the time frame.  Below are the deadlines if using this date (you can also use our calculator):

Close poll election day noon

Friday 3 June 2016

Count votes

Thursday 9 June 2016

Full description of all the election dates.

What's New

Information on the Vulnerable Children Act is now available

Advertisement for exciting new leadership and adviser roles at NZSTA

A new Parent Guide was developed.  This guide is accessible through the Parent Place, which provides information and articles of interest to parents and caregivers.

Under the government initiative Investing in Educational Success (IES), schools can join together as Communities of Learning are formed, working together to identify common achievement challenges and to share expertise for addressing them. NZSTA has created The Pathway to a Community of Learning to help boards that are considering joining a Community to make an informed decision.

The student discipline module is to support trustees to follow the correct procedure for every student suspension.

Community of Learning Recruitment Kits is now available

NZSTA comes to life on the small screen with the launch of the new Govtalks website. 

The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance

Media statements:

Partnership Schools may provide valuable lessons for state schools

Members memo:

M 2015-3 - Education Act review – Your views

All schools memo:

2016-1 - Start of Term 1: Some messages for the start of the year


15 12 14 - Updating the Education Act MOE consultation (Members Only)


quick links


Common Questions

2016 Trustee Triennial Elections:

Appendix F

Casual vacancies & flow chart

Election calculator

Eligibility attestation form


Who is on the Board


Investing in Educational Success (IES)

Effective governance - Publications and resources


Appointment Process

Leave Management

Personal Files and Record Keeping

HR Self-Audit Processes

Principal Performance Management

Equal employment opportunities (EEO) programme

Employment Conditions

Professional Development:

Workshops in your region


Template Resources

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

Application process NZSTA Provider

Trustee Handbook (members only)


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.

Trustees find workshops in your region


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.

Student Discipline - Professional Development e-learning

Student Disipline

Principal Performance Review - Professional Development e-learning

Performance Management Review

Employer Role - Professional Development e-learning


Charter Review Module - Professional Development e-learning

Charter Review 

Welcome aBoard - An Introduction to Trusteeship

Welcome aBoard

Contact your Professional Development Adviser