More than 17,000 PPTA Te Wehengarua members are working in schools and nationally to ensure all young people in New Zealand have equitable access to a high quality public education.
Teachers employed in state and integrated secondary schools, area schools, technology centres and community education centres are eligible to join.
PPTA Te Wehengarua provides professional networks where teachers can influence the debate on crucial education issues.
Collective employment agreements
PPTA Te Wehengarua negotiates collective employment agreements and provides advice, guidance and advocacy for members about their conditions of employment.
Constitution and objectives
PPTA Te Wehengarua activity is guided by a constitution with the following objectives:
- To advance the cause of education generally and of all phases of secondary and technical education in particular.
- To uphold and maintain the just claims of its members individually and collectively.
- To affirm and advance Te Tiriti O Waitangi.
PPTA Te Wehengarua is registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and the Employment Relations Act 2000.
PPTA Te Wehengarua is committed to a partnership between tauiwi and tangata whenua, which affirms Te Tiriti o Waitangi. To further this partnership, PPTA Te Wehengarua:
- Has Māori structures (Te Huarahi) within the union.
- Holds an annual conference for Māori secondary teachers.
- Is a major supporter (since 1965) of the annual national Māori speech competition Ngā Manu Kōrero.
PPTA Te Wehengarua is affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and Education International. The Association works closely with other education sector unions and through its membership of the Council of Pacific Educators enjoys close relationships with its South Pacific and Australian counterparts.
Those who can, teach : a history of secondary education in New Zealand from the union perspective by David Grant (2003)