Boards and Legislation

The responsibilities and activities of Boards of Trustees are governed by a range of legislation

Boards and Legislations

Education Act 1989

Education Act 1989(external link) (see Part 9 and Schedule 6)

Amendments to the Education Act affecting Boards of Trustees

In 2018, changes were made to the Education Act 1989 and the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017.
See Education Amendment Act 2018(external link) 

In 2017, changes were made to the Education Act 1989, which resulted in the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017.


Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 – Schedule 2 - Updates to Schedule 6 – Boards of Trustees(external link) 

Other legislation

Children’s Act 2014(external link) (Previously Vulnerable Children's Act 2014)

Children’s Act 2014 – Requirements for schools and kura

Health & Safety at Work Act 2015(external link)

Employment Relations Act 2000(external link)

Building Act 2004(external link)

Resource Management Act 1991(external link)

Public Works Act 1981(external link)

Food Act 2014 - Food safety for schools and kura

Support for Boards of Trustees

Supporting Boards of Trustees in their school governance and management role helps them to help their students to learn and achieve.

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)

NZSTA is contracted by us to support Boards of Trustees in the undertaking of their roles and responsibilities. NZSTA provides practical support, advice, resources and professional development opportunities to help Boards govern and manage their schools.

For more on the support available for Boards of Trustees, visit NZSTA(external link)
For more on becoming a trustee and Board elections, visit NZSTA’s School Trustee Elections site(external link) 

NZSTA and ERO have produced useful guidance for Boards:

Download NZSTA’s Making a difference - Trustee booklet (public) and Trusteeship – A guide for school Trustees (NZSTA members only)(external link)

Download ERO’s  School Trustees Booklet – Helping you ask the right questions

Tools for Schools

You’ll also find our resources for Boards of Trustees at Tools for schools – templates, guidance and forms to help schools with their day-to-day running of school network processes and procedures.


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