Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu specialist and support staff
If you work at Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu but you're not a teacher, you’ll be employed in a specialist or support staff role.
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The rights and responsibilities specified in an employment agreement must be adhered to. This page supports Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu and their specialist and support staff to understand the rights and responsibilities that are associated with their roles, as stated in a staff member’s employment agreement.
Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu specialist and support staff are covered by:
- the Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu Specialist and Support Staff Collective Agreement, or
- an individual employment agreement (IEA), with similar terms and conditions to the collective agreement.
Who's covered by the collective agreement
You're covered by the collective agreement if:
- your work is covered by this agreement, and
- you’re a member of the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI Te Riu Roa).
Who's covered by the individual employment agreement (IEA)
You need to sign an IEA if:
- your work is covered by the collective agreement, but
- you're not a member of the NZEI Te Riu Roa.
The Ministry of Education develops and publishes the IEA. The terms and conditions of your work are similar to those in the collective agreement.
For information about your pay refer to clause 4.2 of the collective agreement.
Your salary scale depends on the type of work you do and which pay level (A, B, C or D) it fits into. Clause 4.2 describes the characteristics of the work done at each level and gives the pay scale for each one.
The pay level may have steps within it and you can move up those steps based on your performance review each year, as set out in clause 4.4 of the collective agreement.
You can also qualify for a bonus payment if you make an outstanding one-off contribution or are at the top of your salary range and perform exceptionally well, as set out in clause 4.5.
If you achieve a qualification that's equivalent to level 6 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework and is relevant to your work, you'll get a pay increase as set out in clause 4.7.
You'll be paid extra if you carry out duties at a higher level for a time, as set out in clause 6.2.
Leave entitlements are set out in Part 5 of the collective agreement.
You get 4 weeks’ annual leave each year, which is on top of the normal public holidays. You can carry forward up to 5 days of your annual leave to the next year.
Your sick leave allocation is 10 days each year and you can use this to care for a sick family member (domestic leave). You can accumulate unused sick leave up to a maximum of 150 days. These entitlements are set out in clause 5.3 and clause 5.4 of the collective agreement.
You're entitled to bereavement/tangihanga leave, as set out in clause 5.6 of the collective agreement.
If you've worked at Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu since 22 December 1993, you may be entitled to retirement leave, as set out in Schedule A.
Family Violence Leave is set out in clause 5.10 of your collective agreement.
You're entitled to parental leave, as set out in the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. It applies to a birth mother, their partner/spouse and people who adopt a child aged under 6.
Parental leave covers 4 types of leave.
- Primary carer leave – mothers and employees who are going to have the primary responsibility for a child (under six years) can get up to 26 weeks off work from around the time of birth or from the time you become the primary carer for the child in the case of adoption, home for life or whāngai.
- Partner/paternity leave – if your partner has had a baby or you've adopted a child together, you can take up to 2 weeks off.
- Extended leave – you may be able to extend your maternity leave for an extra 52 weeks.
- Special leave – pregnant woman can have up to 10 days’ pregnancy related leave.
You need to apply to your employer before taking parental leave. The usual notice required is 3 months but this can be reduced in some circumstances, for example if an adoption is arranged in a short time. The Employment New Zealand website explains how to apply for parental leave.
Parental leave payment
If you qualify for the parental leave payment, it's paid through Inland Revenue, so you need to apply for this payment and your school must confirm that you're entitled to parental leave.
If you work part time, information on the Employment New Zealand website can also help you work out your parental leave payment.
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