Leave for principals and teachers

Principals and teachers are entitled to different types of leave. Your leave provisions, including how much time you can take, are set out in your employment agreement.

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  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Boards

Types of leave

Check your employment agreement

Your employment agreement may also allow for bereavement leave and leave to:

  • compete in sports events
  • attend cultural events
  • care for family members, or
  • participate in significant family ceremonies.

Leave entitlements are set out in the collective agreements as follows: 

Part 7 – Primary Principals’ (NZEI) Collective Agreement

Part 7 - Primary Principals' (PPCBU) Collective Agreement(external link)

Part 4 – Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Part 5 – Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement

Part 6 – Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Part 5 – Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement

Part 5 – Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement

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