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Teaching Council Board Elections

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā.
Kia hiwa rā ki tērā tuku.
Kia hiwa rā ki tēnei tuku.
Kia tu, kia oho, kia mataara.

Tihei mauri ora.

Nau mai, haramai ki tēnei whārangi.

The candidate list for the Teaching Council elections is now available – click here.

Profile statements for the candidates are available here.

In March, teachers will elect board members from across the profession: a teacher and principal from both the primary and secondary sectors, a teacher and leader from Early Childhood Education, and a teacher educator.

Teachers will vote in the sector in which they are working or have most recently worked. Those working across more than one sector - for example in area schools or kura kaupapa Māori  - can choose which sector they vote in.

Teachers have until 22 February 2019 to make sure their practising certificates are current until the end of the voting period (26 March 2019) so they are eligible to vote.

All eligible teachers will receive an email with the list of candidates and a link to their profile statements. Remember to check your spam/junk folders! Teachers without email addresses will receive a letter, and will be able to request voting documents be sent to them by post.

You can find the candidate handbook here.

We’ve designed a poster giving information about the elections, in English and te reo Māori, which you can download and print. There is also a black and white version.

This web page will be updated regularly. 


Key election dates

Nominations open 23 November 2018
Nominations close 25 January 2019
Electoral roll closes 22 February 2019
Voting opens 4 March 2019
Voting closes  26 March 2019


  • Please make sure we have your current email address so you can vote electronically. You can update your details here.

  • Think about which candidate you would like to vote for. 

  • Make sure you’re eligible to vote and/or stand as a candidate. Under s 380 of the Education Act eligibility varies slightly depending on which sector you’re working in – see table below. Note that if you need to have a practising certificate it must be current through February and March 2019.

Sector Eligibility requirements

ECE teacher

Primary teacher

Primary principal

Secondary teacher

Secondary principal

  • Registered teacher with current practising certificate or currently authorised person
  • Currently or most recently employed in sector in which voting/standing as candidate 


ECE leader
  • Registered teacher with a current practising certificate
  • Currently working as ECE leader
Teacher educator
  • Registered teacher
  • Currently working in the field of initial teacher education or ongoing teacher education or both

Election rules

The election rules have now been published, following consultation with the sector. You can read a summary of the consultation results here.

Running the elections

We have appointed an independent specialist company, Election Services Ltd, to run the elections. Eligible voters will receive communications directly from Election Services, which is also providing the Returning Officer.

For questions about the electoral process please contact Election Services at 0800 922 822 or


In September 2018 legislation was passed, changing the name of the Education Council to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, and allowing for seven members of the Council’s new Board to be elected by different sectors within the profession.

A further six Board members will be appointed by the Minister after the elections.

Kei te ngākau nui mātou kia tae mai ngā kōrero ki te reo Māori.