Who we are and what we do
NZSTA is a membership-based national organisation representing the interests of its member boards. Membership of NZSTA is open to boards of trustees of any New Zealand State, State Integrated or Partnership School |Kura Hourua.
School boards of trustees are the largest single group of crown entities in the country, accountable directly to the government and the local community for the quality of education in their school. There are approximately 18,000 people currently serving on 2,425 state and state integrated school boards. Approximately 2,232 school boards of trustees are NZSTA member boards of (92 percent of the total number).
NZSTA has a contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver a fully integrated range of services free to all boards of trustees to support and enhance boards’ capability in governance and employment. NZSTA is also an active party in relevant education related decisions and national policy formulation, and works alongside the Ministry of Education in negotiating Collective Agreements with unions.
NZSTA is a not for profit incorporated society with charitable trust status.
NZSTA 2015 Annual Report (membership only)
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Our mission is to lead and strengthen school governance in New Zealand.
To this end, NZSTA wants all state and state integrated schools effectively governed by a board of trustees whose primary focus is every student achieving their educational potential.
What we do to help boards
NZSTA offers a number of services that are only available to member boards.
NZSTA membership benefits include subscription to our monthly membership magazine STAnews, NZSTA regional newsletters published each term, Member-only memos, resources and publications and the opportunity to attend the NZSTA annual conference.
NZSTA’s all-school services include our employment and governance advisory services, a full range of face-to-face and self-paced professional development , and our Emergency Staffing Scheme (ESS) as well as access to a range of templates, documents and resources.
Becoming a member of NZSTA
Members also directly benefit from being a critical part of a strong, national organisation which gets its strength from a large collective membership. It is this collective power which enables NZSTA to be a vital part of all relevant education related decisions and in national policy formulation. It is NZSTA’s strong membership base that allows NZSTA to seek and obtain its "free to board" contracted services.
Membership of NZSTA is open to school boards of trustees by annual subscription, payable by 31 March each year. A proforma invoice is forwarded to all school boards, along with an open letter to all trustees in November each year.
If your board is not a current NZSTA member, enquire about joining NZSTA now.