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Common Questions

How to navigate the NZSTA website?

This video shows visitors how to navigate the NZSTA website.

What is New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) all about?

New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is a membership based organisation.

A two minute NZSTA promotional video shows who we are.

NZSTA as an organisation.

NZSTA's Constitution is supported by its governing policies. The NZSTA policy framework comprises effective governance policies covering all aspects of the Association's strategic direction, including the Strategic Plan.

What are the benefits of NZSTA membership for my board?

  • NZSTA provides many services which are of benefit to member boards of trustees.  Membership of NZSTA is by annual subscription, payable by 31 March each year.
  • The NZSTA Trustee Handbook ("The Black Book" - a vast resource containing all the legislation governing boards of trustees, governance and employment information).
  • Attendance at NZSTA regionally organised functions and events, cluster meetings, workshops and special issue meetings.
  • NZSTA member boards receive a 5% discount on the CLNZ, OneMusic and Screenrights copyright licences (when purchased through NZSTA).
  • NZSTA members have access to preferential n3 membership, providing you with a simple way to reduce your school's operational costs and reward your staff and volunteers.
  • With a circulation of 14,500 copies and ten issues annually (January/February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November/December), STAnews is NZSTA's flagship publication. Each issue contains relevant and informative articles covering the full range of topics that impact on our member boards, including professional development and training, human resource management, and significant sector issues.
  • Regional newsletters are an excellent way to keep up to date with what's happening in your region.
  • Membership memos give up to date news from NZSTA's President.
  • Trustee study awards sponsored by Crombie Lockwood and Vero Liability.
  • NZSTA recognises the valuable contribution of long-serving trustees of member boards.
  • NZSTA Annual Conference
  • NZSTA's Annual General Meeting - if your board is a member of NZSTA, then the NZSTA Constitution entitles your board to appoint a delegate to speak and vote at the AGM held at the conference. All trustees on member boards have the right to attend the AGM, however only the person you appoint as a delegate may speak and vote on your board's behalf.

Which copyright licences does NZSTA offer to boards of trustees?

NZSTA provides boards of trustees four licences from APRA, CLL and Screenrights. More information on the licences offered can be found on the following webpage - Copyright licencing.

More information on Copyright Compliance.

You can update your school's copyright invoice by visiting the Copyright Invoicing page.


What NZSTA services are there available to all Boards?

  • NZSTA employs a team of Employment Advisers in offices located throughout the country and operates (under a Ministry of Education contract) a free and confidential advisory service to all boards and principals.
  • For more general employment assistance or enquiries contact our Advisory and Support Centre Governance.
  • Our team of advisers in Wellington have both practical and legal backgrounds.  They are well able to handle, on a confidential basis, the vast range of calls that come through 0800 782 435 (option 1) and for employment advice contact 0800 782 435 (option 2)
  • Governance and Empoyment Advisers work through four Regional Hubs.

    Northern Hub (Northland, Auckland)
    Central North Hub (Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Central East)
    Central South Hub (Central West, Wellington/Wairarapa)
    Southern Hub (MNWC, Canterbury, Otago, Southland)

Please contact the NZSTA Advisory and support Centre Governance for all of your professional development needs. Members booking professional development attend at a discounted rate and have priority on all workshops.

  • Since 1995 NZSTA has administered the ESS scheme on behalf of the Ministry of Education. The scheme continues to fill a significant role in providing "last resort" emergency staffing cover for mainly small schools which are experiencing difficulties in replacing a principal, in attracting relieving staff, or to temporarily fill a vacancy.


Where can I find information on Professional Development?

NZSTA Professional Development and support opportunities provided at no cost to your board.

If you have a minimum of three years experience as a trustee on an NZSTA member board, consider becoming an NZSTA Accredited Trustee to demonstrate your commitment to governance, and ability to provide assistance to other boards.


Where can I find information about School Trustee Elections?

Where can I find information regarding and on how to appoint a returning officer?

  • Returning Officers need to register to gain access to the Returning Officers web pages 
  • Appoint a returning officer
  • Returning Officers' Handbook (login required)
  • Registration help video

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