National Secretary / Korimako Tangiata

  • Influential union leadership role
  • Make a difference for our members and our tamariki
  • Wellington-based

NZEI Te Riu Roa is Aotearoa’s largest education union, campaigning for the rights and conditions of educators and a better education system for tamariki.

About the role

This is an important, high-profile position leading a powerful union that leverages its professional and industrial capacity to lead, and advocate for quality public education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The National Secretary | Korimako Tangiata provides strategic leadership and manages the activities, operations and resources of NZEI Te Riu Roa under the direction of the National Executive and Te Reo Areare.

About you

You’re a proven leader who inspires and motivates the people you work with. You’re experienced at providing strategic advice and leadership and have outstanding relationship management skills. You can build partnerships and collaborations that support NZEI Te Riu Roa to achieve its aims.

You are a highly skilled communicator, able to advocate, inform and influence a range of people in the representation of NZEI Te Riu Roa’s members. You’re open to trying new things (and failing), shifting culture, and recognising that unions need to make changes to remain relevant and effective in society.

You appreciate that unionism in Aotearoa has both the obligation and opportunity to reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi and see this approach as a strength in our endeavours to advocate for our members.


The position description is attached and also available to download at

For any queries you can contact Robyn Ward on 021 751 960 or

Applications close 5.00 pm on Monday 31 January 2022.

NZEI Te Riu Roa is committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Candidates should either have, or be committed to, developing an understanding of Te Tiriti. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience in te reo and tikanga Māori.

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes and supports people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, and disabilities/abilities. An expectation of this role is to actively support and promote our diversity and inclusion principles. We want NZEI Te Riu Roa to be a place where you can bring your whole self to work.

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