There’s 101 reasons why it’s time to unfreeze the operations grant and get better funding for support staff - share yours!

Help to collect 101+ reasons why Support Staff need Better Funding.

Helen from Hawera

We need better funding for support staff as they are grossly underpaid for the time and effort that they put in. With more funding we are able to employ support staff to work with individual students and to assist with tasks that take a teachers attention away from educating the students.

Library Assistant from Mangakino

Help support staff to help the teachers and students by giving them realistic funding to help them keep doing just that.

Robert Edwards, Andrea Wishnowsky, Dianne Jordan and Iain Lees Galloway (MP)

From Iain Lees Galloway (MP): I’m a Labour Party M.P. and I think that we need better funding for support staff because every child deserves a world-class education!

Teacher Aide from Chisnallwood Intermediate

We support staff and children’s learning.

Teacher Aide and Teacher from Chisnallwood Intermediate

They deserve job security. They help at risk children function in a mainstream environment.

Library Manager from Chisnallwood Intermediate

We need realistic funding from the government.

Christine from Chisnallwood Intermediate

We need a fair deal!

Islay from Chisnallwood Intermediate

Our children deserve the best!

Staff of Lincoln Heights School

Lincoln Heights School teaching community stands behind NZEI’s negotiations for better funding for our support staff. Our students deserve more. Teachers deserve and need the support provided in our busy classrooms. Support staff deserve an increase in their hourly wages. New Zealand Educators are teachers and support staff together as teams we are making a difference for the future. We vote give the support team more pay now. They are value for money.

Librarian – Sth Auckland

They work above and beyond within schools.

Josh and Trish form Greenpark School, Tga

they are a valuable part of the classroom for learning and support.
they help students engage in learning.
they deserve more.
their job is an emotionally and physically demanding.

Student – Sam Henry and Teacher Aide Lynne Blumsohn

Student – they help me with my eating and drinking. They keep me safe.

Estelle Henrys, Suz Bassett, and Lynne Blumshohn

Estelle – Teacher Aide Librarian : because Teacher Aides cannot be paid according to their salary band
Suz Bassett – Office Manager : because Support Staff are not paid in the holidays
Lynne Blumsohn – Teacher Aide : because I want to be valued for what I do. I get paid less than my son who washes dishes at a restaurant.

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Teacher from Gisborne

because our tamariki deserve to work with staff who feel values as professionals.

Teacher from Gisborne

they are amazing and it helps with extra support for ALL our learners!

Teacher from Gisborne

because they are then able to educate other teachers on how to support students with specific learning needs.

Teacher from Gisborne

because “WE” cannot give those wonderful kids the time and resources that they need. Make a change!

Teacher from Gisborne

because “WE” cannot give those wonderful kids the time and resources that they deserve. Make a change!

Teacher from Gisborne

Because they are undervalued 🙁

101 reasons

Teacher from Gisborne

Because they are valuable members of our learning environments!

Staff from Auckland

Without our support staff, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for our children.

Teacher from Gisborne

They assist with our students’ learning and behaviour needs to promote better outcomes for all!

LIncoln Heights School Staff Support PINK DAY.

Our Support Staff are multi talented, hardworking and under paid for the important job of helping to build a love for learning. They keep the spark alive for those who find learning a challenge. They believe anything is possible if you keep the faith. It is time they were rewarded for their loyal service to the MOE and the children who they support.

Clara – Teacher Wainuiomata

To ensure our children and teachers are supported.

Neil McDonald

To ensure our children and teachers are supported.

Mary Auta

Our special needs students would not get a fair deal

Views of staff, parents and children of Palmerston North

Without Teacher Aides, teachers would not be able to do the work they currently do in class with support, so children will miss out.

Community of Central Normal School, teachers, students, whānau, principal, support staff

“Teacher aides help us achieve our dreams” ~ group of yr 4/5 students
“In case kids get angry” ~ group of yr 5/6 students
“So they can help us learn more” ~ group of yr 5/6 students
“Teacher aide work is very challenging, both emotionally and physically. These kids through no fault of their own are the most vulnerable in our society. We need to retain the skilled and experienced people and reward accordingly.” ~ Parent/Lecturer
“They are such hard workers. They are the glue that helps hold our school together. #legends” ~ Teacher
“We have so many children who need support (not just ORS). We need support for our behaviourally challenging children so ALL our children can learn” ~ Principal

Adam from Wairau Intermediate

Because of the massive amount of work they do!

Emma and Bev at Wairau Intermediate

They are an integral part of our school system without whom the school would falter and the students would suffer

Judy from Wairau Intermediate

They’re not paid adequately for the work they do!


Special Needs Support Staff are CRUCIAL:
Administer personal care
Recognise medical difficulties
Work as team to support students in meeting their needs
Integral part of student access to the curriculum and students’ success
Enable classroom to move smoothly
Know students and have their trust

Nicole Davidson

Can you imagine Special Needs classrooms and its students with less Support Staff?
How will students’ physical needs get met?
How will students receive enough support to access the curriculum?
Who will help students with their coping and behaviour management?
Who will help teachers with the running of specialised programmes?


Being paid fairly = receiving a liveable wage
We are people too!!!
We have bills, mortgages and responsibilities just like you!


$upport $taff at all work sites deserve a $quare Deal!
When the MOE increases Mainstream $upport $taff allocations and/or $alaries, then MOE needs to increase $pecial Needs $upport $taff $alaries via ORS Funding!

Mrs Niu Masina, our TA and Room 14 students

Mrs Niu Masina has contributed a lot for the the classroom teacher, the Syndicate, the school and particularly the students’ learning. She’s worth way more than what she’s getting. She reserves it.!!!!


Tanya a teacher from Levin
Support Staff enable all children more opportunities to reach their potential by providing skilled emotional support and energy to both their child and the teacher as well as the rest of the class

Mrs Masina (TA), RRS

Mrs Niu Masina our TA is the best and she deserves way more that she’s getting because she’s worth it.

Jacque from Levin

Support Staff are integral to the efficient and maintenance of the school system in general. S/S work closely with the most challenging of students,Teaching support and staff should be employed in the same basis as teachers. They do not have guaranteed hours. Get Real and help S/S get a better deal

Margaret at Wairau

They are a very important cog in the wheel of the smooth functioning of the school!

Angela from Wilson School

Skilled Speciality
United Trained
Personal Care Adaptive
Perceptive Facilitative
Organised Familiarised

Wainuiomata High School Mural

Teacher, Waikato

because they are vital!

Staff of Te Kura Akonga o Manurewa

…because they deserve it…!

School-wide Learning Assistant comments

Because skilled and experienced Learning Assistants are effective and flexible, key members of our learning team and their value should be reflected in their pay.

Parent, Waikato

because with more support staff children can reach their full potential

Father, Waikato

because without them teachers can’t teach

Kindergarten Teacher

because schools and Early Childhood Centres cannot run without these wonderful people. Many support Staff go well above and beyond their duty to fulfill their roles. Our special needs tamariki are already being lost in mainstream. Their needs cannot be met by 1:10 ratios. we need extra Support Staff.

June Morton

To ensure safety for one and all, Special Schools need enough Support Staff that needs to be funded adequately through ORS.

Jules from Christchurch

Supporting support staff to better support teachers and learners.

Jenny from Christchurch

Supporting support staff to better support teachers and learners.

Specialist ORS Learning Assistant comments

Their current pay scale does not reflect their skills, experience and value to the education system

Kate from Greymouth

I want a decent wage to keep up with the cost of living.

Michelle from Greymouth

We go the extra mile to help the school run smoothly…helping Teachers, running errands in our own time, using our own vehicles, working unpaid overtime. Value US!

Carmel, Annette, Irene & Sally from Waverley Primary

* children deserve all the support they can get!!
* we do such wonderful work, so the school budget should be increased to cover
the cost
* we are needed in schools
* children need all the help they can get
* children deserve the best support for their education
* we value children and their education – so should you!!!

German volunteer worker in North Canterbury Area School;

we deserve to be recognised not only for what we do for our school but what we do for the children that we help support

Science teacher in North Canterbury

they’re able to be reader writers for our students with special needs

Primary teacher in North Canterbury

their contribution in our class is invaluable , and they are crucial people in the lives of some of our most vulnerable students

Lisa from Napier

I work hard for our children and I deserve it…

Berhampore School

We do a lot more than what is in our contacts. Without our work the school would be in a flop. The children really appreciate the work and scaffolding that support staff do to help them operate in the classroom.

Michelle from Napier

Every child is worth it!
Teacher Aides are too!

Year 4/5 Classroom Teacher

They are an essential part of my classroom learning program. They both support and accelerate the learning of the children.
As a classroom teacher they bring different pedagogy to the learning environment and allow me more freedom to support learners across the whole class.

Tania from Flatbush School

Our children & community are worth so more than the Ministry thinks! And this especially applies to our special needs children who are and have always been seriously underfunded.

Sheree from Flatbush School

They are worth it!

Castlecliff School Staff

– Teacher aides said ” My role in the classroom is important to many of the students who otherwise may have less support.” ” More and more teacher aide hours are needed for more and more students.”
– Our office administrator said ” We are a highly valued part of the school team. We support our students, teachers and principal in many different ways.”
– Kaiarahi o Te Reo said ” To invest in our future – for our kids!” “We want the best for all tamariki to reach their highest potential to succeed in life.” “As valued members of our kura we give the children who need a little more help the extra support they need to get through the day.”
– Teachers said ” support staff help with all children in a class teaching small groups in reading, writing and maths. They bring creative thinking to make new concepts easy for children to understand.” “Without them, our jobs would be impossible! They make our days easier in so many ways – with behaviour, learning, working with our special kids – and with the laughs!” ” They are an integral part of the classroom who greatly enhance the children’s learning.”
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!”
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitaki Engari, he toa takitini.”

Elizabeth, Teacher in our Junior School

I would have to run the class as per normal with 2 special needs children and one disruptive child. TAs need a wage to support their families and to live comfortably.

teacher aide from Oamaru

Their roles are diverse and a lot of resources are required to support children with various learning needs.

eLearning MoE Facilitator

Support staff are the life blood of a school to give support to teachers in their role. They are so valuable and need to be paid for that value.

Administrator Sheryl

We don’t want to lose experienced, caring staff, who are excellent at their jobs, to other business sectors that pay better.

Teacher Aides from Auckland

It’s about time we are recognized and valued for what we do because we and our kids ALL matter.

Whangarei Primary School Support Staff

Because we go above and beyond what we are paid for.
And our children are our future.

Teachers from Christchurch

They do an essential job in supporting students

Teachers from Christchurch

Because they do an amazing job in supporting and nurturing our students

Dinah, our Maori Focus Class Teacher in the Senior School

They work as hard as classroom teachers. They nurture our children. They have positive influences on children’s learning. They work beyond their paid time because they are passionate about their job.

Lisa, a Junior School Teacher at Flatbush School

We couldn’t do what we do without them. They deserve more for what they do and how they support and shape our tamariki! Pay them a decent living wage!

Support Staff, Whanganui East School

– Quality Support = Quality learning!
– There are so many children who need extra help who are missing out.
– Better funding means more money and that means more money for students education.
– The diversity of our job an all the extra tasks we willingly take on. All Schools NEED Support Staff.
– Please thaw the Op’s Grant to ensure quality education for our students giving support staff recognition.
– There are more and more children with needs, who need supporting in the classroom and playground and not enough Teacher Aides to support them due to lack of funding to schools.
– More and more children with behavior issues that need one on one teacher aide support.
– They help students engage in their learning everyday in every way!!! working alongside individuals or groups of students, Making resources, Being creative, enthusiastic teachers!

Arakura School (Wainuiomata) Staff

– they are awesome, they have the knowledge and patiences to work with our well below and special needs.
– they work exceptionally hard (largely with our priority learners). They have specialised knowledge int he programmes they run and we would be lost without them!
– we work hard and our pay doesn’t reflect it!!
– we work hard and support many kids.
– without them being valued and receiving adequate pay, our school and children will suffer. Support Staff assist with all areas in school: feeding, clothing, cleaning – and that’s before 9 am.
– our classrooms are better palces with their amazing knowledge and support. Our children are making progress with their extra hard work and dedication.
– Because we are awesome and our Job Description changes every day!
– they are absolute super stars! Our teachers and students value them so much. I don’t know what I would do without them!
– I can not be an affective teaching practioner without their support.
– they all help accelerate akonga achievement! Teaching staff cannot be as effective without them!
– I deserve more…. It’s a hard job caring and teaching special needs children.
– of all the work they do to support children that need extra help!
– they do a lot for our students and support them in their learning.
– we need job security!!

Janetta, Our Junior Syndicate Leader of Flatbush School in Otara

We need them! Also, they need more money to keep them as TAs as they leave us for better paid jobs in order to support their whanau!

Westmere School Support Staff

“Our schools could not function effectively without the support of our valued support staff, office, administrative staff, teacher aides working alongside teachers and students. The freeze on our operational funding means there is no money to pay these valued staff fairly”

Jennifer Gower

We could not do our job properly without them.

Belinda from Oamaru

They build relationships with our identified learners so that they can work alongside them and in turn the learners can make accelerated progress.

Olivia from Oamaru

It allows all students to go away on camp.

Frances from Oamaru

They support children with high health needs so these children can actually come to school.

Phil from Oamaru

Our teacher aides are incredibly capable, yet keep coming back to this difficult but financially unrewarding job. Let’s make it worth it for them.

Rebecca from Oamaru

They support the learning for all children so that each child can be at school. At the moment they are not being paid enough for the work that they do.

Principal from Waikoikoi

They are valuable members of staff who work tirelessly to help children, staff and Management.

Christine from Waikoikoi

Children in the early years need support if they require help with developmental programmes.

Parent from Waikoikoi

They help our children with their learning and extra support they might need.

Westmere School Teacher Aide

“our teachers and children need our support to enhance learning and provide opportunities for our children to experience more personalised lerning”

Westmere School Teacher Aide

“the children I work with will not be able to access the curriculum without adequate support”

Westmere School Teacher’s Helper

“without funds our little loved one wont be able to receive the amount of the learning support they need which is sad”

Westmere School Parent and Active Community Member

“all children learn at different speeds and in different directions and require time and energy to help them on their individual paths”

Westmere School Teacher Aide

“the amount of time we invest in our children now will give them better learning outcomes in the future”

Westmere School Teacher Aide

“little funding means less teacher aides which means less support in our classrooms which means reduced learning for everyone”

Westmere School Office Worker

“the wages that we earn do not reflect the job demands”

Teacher from Waikoikoi

Some children need extra support to learn the foundation skills. eg:- letter sounds, recording letter sounds.

Westmere School Father and T/A

“without it the teachers are unable to teach the class as a whole or have time to focus on individual needs and issues”

Carmen from Oamaru

We have to have lots of skills and be able to turn our hands and minds to lots of different skills and activities. We area valuable resource!

Teacher from North Canterbury

they are an essential and valuable resource and they play a crucial role in the learning of all our students, especially our priority learners

Deputy Principal in North Canterbury

I believe they deserve a proper wage for the job they do

Primary teacher from North Canterbury

they offer fantastic support to children both in and out of classes. We would be lost without them.

Secondary teacher from North Canterbury

they are undervalued and yet a vital part of my lessons. They support those students who need more time to process information/directions as well as students who need extending

Teacher-Aide from North Canterbury

equipment is organised and prepared for better learning

Principal in North Canterbury

I don’t have enough $$s in the budget to pay them for the valuable work they do in our school

Secondary teacher in North Canterbruy

without them I would not survive as they are a huge value to the students’ learning

2 teacher aides from from Christchurch

We can’t afford to do the best for our students without it.

Carolyn from Parkside School

Kids need love.

Joshua Russell

The teacher can’t do everything.

Paul and Anna

They are valued members of our school community and they deserve a pay rise. Please unfreeze the Ops Grant!

Marisa and Vicky

To enable us to retain quality staff to ensure good outcomes for our students and to ensure quality support staff are consistent. We need to be able to give support staff the recognition and pay they deserve.

Marcella Russell

Because all children are valuable and support staff equally so!

Sol in Tokoroa

They make a massive difference in nga tamariki lives

Carol – Learning Support Assistant

support staff are renegotiating their agreement this year, freezing the Operations Grant means any gains in terms and conditions will be offset by job losses or reduced hours in schools where budgets are already tight, Government knows this. Schools cannot run without Support Staff. They should support Boards and Principals to be good employers and show us recognition and respect.


this is the next generation, we need to look after them so they can look after us in our old age

Teachers from St Albans School

They deserve it! Support staff need job security.

Fred Russell

The labourer is worthy of his hire.

School HR/Payroll manager

children’s education is important

Year 3/4 classroom teachers from Christchurch

We need to value our support staff. They help us in so many ways across the school. We need them to have job security and be paid more than a liveable wage!


Mana, Kaitiaki o tatou mokopuna

Early Childhood Teacher

without them our children’s education will suffer