How PPTA is organised: structures

PPTA / Te Wehengarua supports teachers through local, regional and national structures and networks.

The Communities pages are where you will find out more about our networks.

Branches (schools)

There is a PPTA branch in each school, making the branch the most immediate and significant level of involvement for most members.

17,000 members in 560 branches (schools).
Each branch is autonomous.
Many branches are now led by an elected collective of branch officials, among whom tasks are shared out as they arise.
A branch receives funds from their region.

The effective performance of branch officers is crucial to ensure that the Association receives accurate and clear messages about what is happening in schools and what members want, and for members to receive the information and assistance in their working lives to which they are entitled.


PPTA branches are divided into 24 regions throughout New Zealand. Regions are autonomous and led by elected regional officers: chairperson, secretary, treasurer, women's co-ordinator, te reo-a-rohe and Pasifika co-ordinators.

Each region is responsible for:

  • forming links between the branches in its area and links between its branches and the Executive;
  • discussing matters referred to it by the Executive;
  • considering remits from its branches and forwarding such remits to the Executive if approved by the regional organisation;
  • appointing representatives to attend annual and special conferences;
  • originating discussion on matters concerned with education in general and with secondary education in particular;
  • controlling regional finances;
  • supplying to the Executive before 31 May each year a report on its activities for the previous year.


The National Executive is the governing body of PPTA.

National Executive is elected by members and is made up of representatives from the 24 regions, plus Māori and Pasifika representatives. Members also elect the PPTA president, a full-time position based in Wellington, for which the incumbent can take up to two year's leave from his or her school.

Executive is charged with implementing Association policy as determined by Conference. The Executive normally meets five times a year.

PPTA Executive February 2016

New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) President, Junior Vice President and Executive Members for 2017-2018.


Jack Boyle Sacred Heart College

Senior Vice President:

Angela Roberts Stratford High School

Junior Vice President:

Melanie Webber Western Springs College


Te Whare Turuwhenua

Kaitautoko (Te Huarahi):

Gazala Maihi

Executive members:

Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake: Henare Hutana Te Aute College, Miriama Barton Hamilton Boys’ High School, Vincent Hapi Wesley College

Komiti Pasifika: Natalie Faitala Wesley College

Aoraki: Miles Winter Mountainview High School


Kylee Houpapa (Southern) Auckland Girls’ Grammar School

Lawrence Mikkelsen (Eastern) Selwyn College

Austen Pageau (Northern) Birkenhead College

Melanie Webber (Western) Western Springs College

Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau: Glenn Cassidy Tokoroa High School

Canterbury: Jacinta Grice Hillmorton High School, and Jonathan Handley-Packham Hornby High School

Counties-Manukau: Rodger Barlow Pukekohe High School

Hawkes Bay/East Coast: Karen Gibbs Taradale High School

Hutt Valley/Wairarapa: Chris Carr Hutt Valley High School

Manawatu-Whanganui: Rob Torr Wanganui Collegiate School

Nelson/West Coast: Ellen Curnow Buller High School

Northland: Terry Robson Okaihau College

Otago: Joe Hunter Otago Girls’ High School

Southland: Chris Abercrombie James Hargest College

Taranaki: Simon Reid Opunake High School

Thames Valley/Western Bay of Plenty: Graeme Bridge Aquinas College

Waikato: Vinnie Monga Fairfield College

Wellington/Marlborough: Kevin Greig Aotea College, and Graham Smith Marlborough Boys’ College

The national body of Māori members, Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake is made up of Māori members.


Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake

Te Huarahi's role is to advise Mäori members and to act as a channel for their concerns; to consider and represent those concerns to Executive; and liaise with Mäori members, particularly the regional Te Reo-ä-Rohe network. Te Huarahi has responsibility for making decisions which impact on Mäori members.

Te Huarahi is the national Mäori body elected on an iwi geographical basis by Maori members of the Association (Rule 75). Te Huarahi annually elects three of its current members to serve on the national Executive.

Where Executive or Te Huarahi wishes to resolve a question about Ngä Take Māori, a group consisting of Te Huarahi's representatives and an equal number of Executive members meet to find an appropriate solution.


Members of Te Huarahi are elected by members on PPTA's Mäori electoral roll to represent the following tribal areas: Taitokerau, Tamaki Makaurau, Waikato, Mataatua/Te Arawa, Tai Rawhiti, Taranaki/Whanganui, Horowhenua/Manawatu, Ngati Kahungunu, Whanganui-a-tara, Otepoti/Murihiku, Waitaha, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui.

Kaumatua and Whaea

The Kaumätua and Whaea are chosen by Te Huarahi to assist and support Association matters and are entitled to participate in all aspects of the Association.


Contact Te Huarahi on

Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake 2017-2018

Kaumatua - Te Wharekotua Turuwhenua

Whaea - Gazala Maihi

Tai Tokerau (1 member)
Maruia Jensen  - Whangaroa College

Tamaki Makaurau (2 members / 1 vacancy)
Johnny Waititi – Westlake Boys’ High School
Vincent Hapi – Wesley College

Waikato (1 member)
Miriama Barton – Hamilton Boys’ High School

Te Arawa (1 member)
Cecelia Pakinga - John Paul College

Tai Rawhiti (1 member)
Kui Morrell – Gisborne Boys’ High School

Ngati Kahungunu (1 member)
Henare Hutana – Te Aute College

Whanganui-a-tara (1 member)
Hana Wijohn - Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano

Waitaha (1 member)
Sonny Tawake – Hillmorton High School

Otepoti/Murihiku (2 members / 1 vacancy)
Wiki Te Tau - Reliever

Whaea Tautoko - Tihi Puanaki

Representative positions are still available in Mataatua, Taranaki, Whanganui, Horowhenua/Manawatu, Awakairangi/Wairarapa, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui, and one vacancy remains for both Tamaki Makaurau and Otepoti/Murihiku.

Executive profiles

Jack Boyle President 

Angela Roberts Senior Vice President

Vinnie Monga Executive member Waikato


Pres Jack Boyle 180

Jack Boyle - President 

Kia ora koutou.

I'm looking forward to representing PPTA membership and working on your behalf as President for 2017.

Over the past couple of years we’ve shown the value of collective endeavour in fighting off Bulk Funding and advocating for a more collaborative approach to education in Aotearoa. The importance of professional advocacy and industrial strength will continue to be not only critical to ensuring that we are empowered to be the best teachers we can be but also vital for our nation’s young people. They are why we do what we do and we all know that when you create the right conditions for teaching you create the best conditions for learning.

After more than a decade as a teacher and PPTA branch officer in Lower Hutt I'm really looking forward to being able to advocate for teachers and teaching on a broader scale. Time and time again I've seen that when teachers are consulted and trusted you get better education and better education policy. Of course, the essential ingredient is listening to the profession about what needs attention, what works and how to get there. Taking the lead on PPTA’s Behaviour and Workload Taskforces and being part of the 2015 Bargaining Team has been great preparation for my new role: along with PLD I believe that these are the areas where PPTA can support our membership and build a more sustainable, high performing education system: one that lets teachers teach.

If there was an overarching goal for me in taking on this role it would be wanting to ensure that teaching remains a great job: that is, I want to do everything I can to ensure our professional roles are supported by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and increasing access to high quality Professional Learning so that we can continue to make that difference to NZ students. Together, I'm confident we can make that happen.

Kia kaha Te Wehengarua
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

Contact Jack by email


Exec Angela Roberts web

Angela Roberts - PPTA Senior Vice President

I live in central Taranaki with my partner (also a teacher) and our two children and teach at Stratford High School (teacher of drama and economics, BOT representative, Arts Curriculum Leader). I passionately believe in quality public education, our profession, and our association's ability to effect positive change.

I have represented Taranaki on executive over the last decade. It has been incredibly rewarding to serve the members of this region and ensure that their voice is heard in the Executive decision making processes that seek to find the balance of interests for Association members nationally.

The role of Executive member involves seeking to empower both the region and the wider membership.

The power of branch activism…
Having worked on the development and rollout of the resources and training to regions and branches to deal with issues such as the enforcement of STCA conditions (timetabling policy) and the effective delivery of professional development (the PLD Toolkit) I know that once branches have the knowledge about their entitlements (or what great PLD looks like) as well as potential ways to resolve the issues, then more members are able to enjoy the conditions and professional learning opportunities that they are entitled to.

The power of industrial action…
Fronting PUMs, having to take our issues to the politicians and the public, and marching with my colleagues during ongoing and difficult industrial action reinforces my belief in the ability of our membership to remain staunch and make gains on conditions and remuneration.

The power of strategy and perseverance….
I have been involved in the class size campaign since 2002, including presenting the class size papers to conference and representing the association in professional forums such as the Curriculum Staffing workstream and the current Secondary Schools Staffing Group. The gain we made with the inclusion of the average class size clause in the agreement as an important milestone, but to see resolution to this issue we have to continue to plan strategically and persevere with any opportunity we get to make progress.

The power of knowledge…
I have convened both the NETs (the network for new teachers, formerly known as YANTs) and the Women's Network. One of my priorities has been to try and grow the understanding of how our PPTA processes work to enable a better voice for members of these networks about issues like part-timer non-contacts and induction and mentoring.

The power of the union …
PPTA makes positive contributions to ensuring that we have a world class public education system. We have challenges ahead of us such as NCEA workload, student behaviour, safe workplaces, and improved professional learning and career opportunities, but together we can effect significant change.

Contact Angela by email



Exec Vinnie Monga web

Vinnie Monga (Waikato)

Tena tatou katoa
Ko Te Arawa te Waka
Ko Ruawahia te Maunga
Ko Tarawera te Awa
Ko Ngati Rangitihi te Iwi
Ko Rangitihi te Marae
Ko Vinnie ahau
I also affiliate to Whakatohea and Te Rarawa

I am currently the Executive member for Waikato and am the School Guidance Counsellor at Fairfield College.
My Executive roles include being on the Ethics Committee and the Rainbow Taskforce, and the Schools and Membership Standing Committees.
In August I will be doing the one day's Surplus Staffing Training and I am looking forward to being upskilled in this area.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Contact Vinnie by email






PPTA service awards

The annual PPTA Service Awards are designed to recognise significant contributions members or former members have made to fellow members and the Association through their activism, leadership and commitment in their service to the association

Award candidates must be nominated by at least two other current full members.

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