We are the NZPTA

Individual parent groups such as PTA’s, Home and School, Friends and Whanau and Pasifika belong to NZPTA.  We are a grass-roots organization that has been around for over 60 years, and are keen to provide meaningful support and information to school communities for helping children to thrive.

NZPTA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dependent on the good will of hard-working parents and families to fill the Executive positions.  Funding for the life and future of this organization is by means of annual membership subscription, grants, advertising and sponsorship. The current annual members fee is set at $150.00.

NZPTA National Executive

The National Executive of the New Zealand Parent Teacher Association is made up of individuals throughout New Zealand who are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) from and by the delegates at the AGM and Annual 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 meet when necessary during the year to conduct all business associated with running the organization and delivering the best possible content and resource to members.

NZPTA have a very sharp, focused and no-nonsense President who has a lifetime of experience to offer that keeps this organization forging on. The association also has the fortune of having Sandra Davis as secretary, who acts as facilitator at all gatherings. She has the unique ability to create a culture of trust and sensibility amongst the group which is key to maximized productivity at every turn.  The latest executive members are also volunteers in their own local PTA’s and are wonderfully diligent, enthusiastic and purposeful individuals who are taking onboard the massive challenge of defining and supporting a Modern PTA.

Our mission statement:

To make every child’s potential achievable by engaging and empowering families,

Whanau, Pasifika and communities to advocate for all children of New Zealand

What we do?

  • Support parental involvement in schools
  • Inform parents of news and issues in education
  • Represent parent issues to government and other educational groups
  • Collaborate with other educational groups

Our children today face a world where the shape of the future is not clear, a world where values, lifestyles, concepts and attitudes are rapidly changing. Therefore it is essential that parents and teachers work together to help our children grow into adults who can cope with the ever-changing world.


Research shows that children do better when families are involved in and understand the schools their children are attending, and when teachers value the views and contributions of parents and whanau.
The PTA movement provides a means for parents and teachers to build a successful partnership, based on the best interests of the child (as shown above). By getting involved in the work of our local school PTA, parents, teachers and children benefit from the knowledge and insight shared. Through the PTA movement, parents have an opportunity also to become involved in the wider decision-making process of the education system.

Our Sunshine

Our sunshine shows how good communication is at the core of an effective home-school partnership. Volunteering is highlighted in red because this is the type of involement PTAs usually focus on. Through volunteering, PTAs link to and support the other areas of involvement. Boards of Trustees tend to focus on the decsion-making aspects, while the Ministry of Education has a number of initatives that support greater involvement in student learning. This framework shows how all the various education groups can provide important and complimentary support for effectively engaging families in the education of their children. Let our light shine!

Our people

Diane O'Sullivan


I am based in Auckland with my Husband and have been passionate about supporting PTA’s for many years. I have 5 grown up offspring who put up with my involvement with perseverance. As President I am excited to see the new-generation executive members working to create “The Modern PTA”. Contact me at: president@nzpta.org.nz

Emma Patrick


I am from Alexandra where I live with my partner and our 4 boisterous and active boys. I am an accountant with a local firm which has made me a perfect fit for my role as treasurer with NZPTA. Contact me at: treasurer@nzpta.org.nz

Sandra Davis


I am based in rural Auckland with my husband of 30 years and three fur babies (doggies). I have a global consulting business and am passionate about supporting communities to work together in a peaceful, creative and collaborative way. I am also an animal advocate both local and global. Contact me at: secretary@nzpta.org.nz

Jen McLean

Fundraiser Strategist

I am from Alexandra and live with my husband and two children who go to St Gerard’s School where I am a PTA member. I am passionate about sharing about useful, clever and technology-enhanced fundraising information. I am a qualified electrician working as a Generation Technician at the Clyde Hydro Power Station in Central Otago. Contact me at: fundraising@nzpta.org.nz

Bex Turner

Communications Manager

I reside in Christchurch with my husband and 3 children. I work as a Teacher’s Assistant in special education which I find very rewarding. My role with NZPTA is as the Communications Manager. I’m proud to be supporting the online NZPTA community in the social media realm that is creating meaningful connections for PTA’s to get. Contact me at: executive@nzpta.org.nz

Chrissy Thoms-Hoffman

Executive Support

I am from Christchurch. I live with my husband and 3 children and have 3 grandchildren in my full-time care. I am passionate about teaching children life skills so that they can have happy and productive futures. My role with NZPTA is Executive Team Information Support Specialist, meaning I’m an all-rounder, supporting those who need it when and where I can. You can email me at: info@nzpta.org.nz