We are the NZPTA

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.

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'Sulivan


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Kylee Long


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Sandra Davis


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Rebecca Turner

Executive Member

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Executive Member

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Chrissy Thom-Hoffman

Executive Member

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