Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement

This document provides the terms and conditions of employment for teachers in state and state integrated primary schools in New Zealand. 

The term of this collective agreement is 9 June 2016 to 8 June 2018.

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Schedule 1: Definition of Levels of Māori Immersion

Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement
Effective: 9 June 2016 to 8 June 2018

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  • Definition of Levels of Māori Immersion
    • Level 1: Maintenance Programmes (81% to 100% Immersion)

        • Te reo Māori is the principal language of communication and instruction.
        • The principal curriculum is taught entirely in Māori.

      (It is expected that all students in the programme will interact freely in Māori).

      Level 2: Development Programmes (51% to 80% Immersion)

        • Te reo Māori is, for most of the time, the language of communication and instruction.
        • English is accepted as a temporary language of instruction and communication.
        • There is an agreement between the school and parents that the programme will achieve a particular level of immersion over a specified period of time.
        • The level of fluency of the teacher will vary considerably, from not very fluent to native-like fluency.
        • There is a reliance on Kaiarahi Reo to increase the amount of spoken Māori in the programme.

      (It is expected that not all students in the programme will interact freely in Māori).

      Level 3: Emerging Programmes (31% to 50% Immersion)

        • English is the main language of communication and instruction.
        • The teacher can communicate at a basic level of Māori, but has difficulty instructing in Māori.
        • Māori is used as the classroom management language.
        • An increase in the level of immersion is restricted by the level of fluency of the teacher.
        • A Kaiarahi Reo is usually the only fluent speaker in the programme.

      Note: A school which is offering Māori as a subject only would not meet the level 3 Immersion criteria.