Circular 2022/05 - Notice to initiate bargaining for a new Primary Principals' Collective Agreement

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

Date 30 June 2022 | Circular 2022/05 | Category Employment Relations

This circular is about the initiation of bargaining for the renewal of the Primary 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 any the proposed collective agreements, within ten days of receipt of the attached notice.

It is intended for Presiding members of school boards of all state and state-integrated primary schools.

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.

Notices of Initiation - primary principals

The Ministry of Education has received separate formal notifications from the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa and the Primary Principals’ Collective Bargaining Union initiating bargaining for collective agreements covering the work of primary principals employed in state or state integrated primary schools (including normal schools, model schools and intermediate schools), composite schools other than area schools, and special schools.  The current collective agreement expires on 25 August 2022.

The Initiation of Bargaining notice attached below outlines the coverage clause proposed for the collective agreement.  The proposed coverage clause applies to those employees employed in a state or state integrated school who are employed by a School Board.

A copy of the relevant notice below needs to be provided as soon as possible to any employee(s) that may be covered by the renewed Primary Principals' Collective Agreement.

Issued by

Tim Tucker, Manager Employment Relations, Te Puna Ohumahi Mātauranga | Education Workforce
Ministry of Education, National Office, Mātauranga House, 33 Bowen Street, Wellington 6011
PO Box 1666, Wellington 6140, New Zealand, Phone 04-463 8000, Email

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