Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
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Part 1: Coverage/Term of Agreement
Primary Principals' Collective Agreement
Effective: 26 August 2019 to 25 August 2022
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1.1 Parties and Coverage
1.1.1 This Agreement is entered into by:
- The Secretary for Education (Secretary) acting under delegation from the State Services Commissioner made pursuant to section 23 and acting in accordance with section 74(5) of the State Sector Act 1988(external link) (as amended by the Employment Relations Act 2000); and
- The New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI Te Riu Roa).
1.1.2 This Agreement is binding on:
- Each principal who comes within the coverage set out in clause1.1.3 and who is or who becomes a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa; and
- Every employer as defined in clause 1.4.3 below.
1.1.3 This Agreement covers work undertaken in state and state-integrated schools by principals in:
- Primary schools (including normal schools, model schools and intermediate schools);
- Composite schools other than area schools;
- Special schools.
1.1.4 Untrained or Unregistered Teachers
Nothing in this Agreement shall apply to untrained or unregistered teachers.
1.2 Name of Agreement
1.2.1 This Agreement shall be called the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement and referred to as “PPCA” or “the Agreement”.
1.3 Term of Agreement
1.3.1 This Agreement shall come into force on 26 August 2019 and shall expire on 25 August 2022, except as provided for under section 53 of the Employment Relations Act 2000(external link).
The following definitions apply unless the Agreement otherwise specifies:
1.4.1 “Area school” shall have the meaning ascribed in the Education (School Staffing) Order for the time being in force.
1.4.2 “Composite school” shall mean a school classified as a composite school under the Education Act 1989(external link).
1.4.3 “Employer” shall mean a Board of Trustees (Board) constituted pursuant to the Education Acts 1964 and 1989 (or where a Commissioner has been appointed under Part 9 of the Education Act 1989(external link) to act in place of the Board, that Commissioner) of a state or state-integrated school that employs employees falling within the coverage as set out in clause 1.1.3.
Note: In relation to a dispute about the interpretation, application or operation of this Agreement, the employer shall act, if the Secretary for Education acting under delegation from the State Services Commissioner made pursuant to section 23 of the State Sector Act 1988(external link) so requires, together or in consultation with the Secretary for Education acting in accordance with section 74A (b) of the State Sector Act 1988.
1.4.4 "Institute" or "union" shall mean NZEI Te Riu Roa.
1.4.5 "Primary school" shall mean a school classified as a primary school or an intermediate school under the Education Act 1989.
1.4.6 "Principal" shall mean a primary teacher who has been fully certificated or provisionally certificated or certificated subject to confirmation by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Teaching Council) and who has been appointed pursuant to clause 2.2 to the position of principal.
1.4.7 “Reorganised school” is the continuing school/s from the gazetted commencement date of reorganisation. This includes schools that have also decapitated or recapitated in addition to physically merging with another school or schools whether or not there is a change of class or designation.
1.4.8 “School reorganisation process” shall mean a process which is Ministry of Education (Ministry) initiated and/or approved by the Minister of Education (Minister) in which the future class, or designation, or structure of a school is being reviewed in conjunction with the future class, or designation, or structure of any other school or schools.
1.4.9 “Special school” shall mean a school classified as a special school under the Education Act 1964.
1.5 Declaration Pursuant to Act
1.5.1 Pursuant to section 75 of the State Sector Act 1988(external link) the Secretary acting pursuant to the delegated authority of the State Services Commissioner has declared that all of the conditions contained in this Agreement are actual conditions of employment provided that the Secretary may, from time to time, give approval to the salary rates or allowances being treated as minimum rates where there is agreement to this between the employer and the principal.
1.6 Variations Clause
1.6.1 The parties agree that the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement may be varied at any time by written agreement between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Secretary, acting under delegation from the State Services Commissioner made pursuant to section 23(external link) and acting in accordance with section 74(5) of the State Sector Act 1988(external link). Any such variation agreed shall be binding on employees and employers of those employees covered by this Agreement in accordance with section 74(6) of the State Sector Act 1988(external link) (as amended by the Employment Relations Act 2000(external link)).