Education Act Changes

The new legislation comes into effect on 19 May 2017.

We have created an overview of these changes.


NZSTA will continue to update you with factsheets, newsletters and through our website. 

You can call 0800 782 435 or email


Role of the Board

All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.

s75 Functions and Powers of Boards

s72 Bylaws

s76 Principals

  1. shall comply with the board's general policy directions; and
  2. subject to paragraph (1), has complete discretion to manage, as the principal thinks fit, the school's day-to-day administration.
Back to top