Individual parent groups, like PTAs, Home and School, Friends and Whanau and Pasifika belong to NZPTA. The National Executive of the New Zealand Parent Teacher Association is made up of individuals throughout New Zealand. We are a grass-roots organisation where many of those on the National Executive are also volunteers in their own local PTA’s.
NZPTA National Executive
Members of the NZPTA Executive are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) (often held in conjunction with Conference) from and by the delegates at the AGM and Conference. Delegates are the members of a school who are at the AGM or who have indicated their votes to the Secretary or Executive members before the AGM.
The Executive has an elected membership of President, Secretary, Treasurer. They meet when necessary during the year, and conduct all business associated with running the organisation as wide and varied as the PTA movement.
Funding the National Executive is by means of your annual membership subscription and grants. The current annual levy is set at $150.00.
The organisation is a non-profit, volunteer organisation, dependent on the good will of hard-working parents and families.
Find out more about us in our Information Booklet NZPTA-Information-Booklet-Web
History of the NZPTA
The first known New Zealand association of parents and teachers was formed in a primary school in the Hokitika area in 1906. The name adopted by the school was the ‘Home & School Association’. From this has grown our present nationally recognised group of parents and teachers from all levels of the education structure who contribute widely to the development of the children in our schools.
The movement gained great impetus after the 1st World War and many schools had PTA committees. Gradually the need for Federations became obvious so that schools in an area could come together for support, information and communication. The first Federation was set up in 1943 in Southland, with Canterbury, South Auckland (Waikato), Taranaki, and Auckland following soon after. They were closely followed by Dunedin and Wellington.
The need for a national body became obvious as the Federations became more involved with education throughout the country, and not just on a local level. Thus, in 1951, the New Zealand Parent Teacher Association was formed. By the 1960’s there were Federations from North Cape to the Bluff and the NZPTA was a prime force in the education field
Societal changes over the last couple of decades, combined with changes to the education system following the introduction of “Tomorrow’s Schools” in the late eighties, have lead to a decline in the number of groups affiliating to the NZPTA. As of January 1st 2016 there will know longer be the need for Federations within NZPTA.
NZPTA looks at education as a continuing process and considers all the problems in relation to education as a whole, and not as part of a particular level. We believe this is one of the most important contributions we can make to the education field, as our movement is an autonomous organisation responsible only to its members. We look forward to supporting the growth of parent groups, and thus the continued strength of the NZPTA.