Circular 2019/02 - Notice to Initiate Bargaining for a new Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for the renewal of the Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement.

Date 20 March 2019 | Circular 2019/02 | Category Employment Relations

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for a new Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement.

This circular does not replace any other.

The action needed is to bring the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining to the attention of all employees whose work may be covered by the collective agreement, within ten days of receipt of the attached notice.

It is intended for Chairpersons of Boards of Trustees of all state and state-integrated secondary schools, to bring to the attention of the principals.

For more information contact the New Zealand School Trustees Association about human resource issues generally on 0800 782 435. Email the Ministry of Education's Employment Relations Unit: All collective agreements for school staff can be found on the Ministry's website:


Section 43 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act) requires that, on receiving a notice of intention to bargain for a collective agreement under the Act, details of that notice are to be drawn to the attention of all employees who come within the coverage of the intended agreement within ten days of receiving that notice.

Notice of Initiation - secondary school principals

On 15 March 2019 the Ministry of Education received formal notification from the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association Te Wehengarua (NZPPTA) and the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand Inc Union (SPANZ Union) that they seek to renew the collective agreement covering principals employed in any state or state integrated secondary year 9-13 schools, any state and state integrated year 7-13 schools, including any junior and senior high schools and who is employed by a Board of Trustees.

The intended parties to the collective agreement will be the NZPPTA, the SPANZ Union and the Secretary for Education acting under the delegation from the State Services Commissioner. The agreement sought would bind all the employees defined who are, or become members of the NZPPTA or SPANZ Union and every board of trustees employing such employees coming within the coverage of the proposed collective agreement.

A copy of the Notice of Initiation of Bargaining for the Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement [PDF, 116 KB] needs to be provided as soon as possible to any employee(s) that may be covered by the renewed Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement.

Issued by

Nick Kyrke-Smith, Senior Manager Employment Relations, Education Workforce, Early Learning and Student Achievement
Ministry of Education, National Office, Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140, New Zealand, Phone 04-463 8000, Fax 04-463 8001, Email

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