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. 

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Criteria for Selection of Co-opted and Appointed Trustees

The Education Act 1989 sets out the following criteria for selecting co-opted and appointed trustees

  1. It is desirable, so far as is reasonably practicable,
    1. that every board should reflect-
      1. the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the student body of the school or institution; and
      2. the fact that approximately half the population of New Zealand is male and half female; and
      3. the character of the school or schools, or institution, it administers; and
      4. the character of the community (whether geographical or otherwise) served by the school or schools, or institution, it administers; and
    2. that every board should have available from within its membership expertise and experience in management.
  2. A board or person, when co-opting or appointing trustees, shall have regard to subsection (1).
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