Network of Establishing Teachers


PPTA's Network of Establishing Teachers (previously known as the YANT Network) is for teachers in their first ten years who are establishing themselves in the profession.  The network operates mainly by email and has the following goals:

-    To provide a support network for teachers in their first ten years at both a national and a regional level
-    To nurture activism among PPTA members
-    To support recruitment and retention initiatives

The national Establishing Teachers' Committee is elected at the Issues and Organising Seminar held at the beginning of each year from the regional representatives of the network who attend.


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Establishing Teachers' Need to Know Bulletin - Using PPTA networks and structures to progress issues

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) August 2014. This bulletin on workplace bullying is published as an information update for teachers who are  members of the the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) and are in their first 10 years of teaching.

PPTA Establishing Teachers' Bulletin number 3 - Using PPTA networks and structures to progress issues

As new and establishing teachers we often have ideas for change, but knowing how to achieve them can be intimidating or frustrating. This article provides some advice on how to progress an issue beyond a simple gripe and to instead use PPTA structures and networks so that your voice is heard and you can make a positive difference.

The first key to dealing with an issue is in considering who is affected by the problem and to what degree. This is known as the deeply-held, widely-felt, winnable test.

PPTA’s structures are designed so that the organisation remains member-led and branch-focussed. Each school is a branch. If an issue is confined to a particular school, it can usually be sorted out internally in the branch. For example, a branch may have questions about the allocation of management units in its school. In this case the branch could meet and form a plan of action.

It is important to note that no branch is ever alone. If things get tricky or feel complex, you can work with your field officer to form a plan of action. Here is a link to the contact details for PPTA’s field offices:


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If members feel that an issue may affect teachers beyond their branch or wish to weigh-in on a national issue then the next point of call should be the region. Every region has regular meetings which are open to members from all branches. Branch chairs normally attend regional meetings on a regular basis.

Each region also has an elected member who sits on PPTA’s national executive. The executive member creates the all-important link between branches and regions, and PPTA at a national level.

This link provides an overview of PPTA’s structures and networks, one of which is especially for establishing teachers:


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Establishing Teachers’ Need to Know Bulletin - What’s the role of PPTA?

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) June 2014.

This bulletin on the Role of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) is published as a brief information update for teachers who are  members of PPTA and are in their first 10 years of teaching.

What’s the role of PPTA?

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Being a member of PPTA is about becoming a part of a network of 18,000 teachers across Aotearoa/ New Zealand who are passionate about education. This network enables PPTA to have the inside word on education, be a strong voice for quality public education, and to help shape the future of NZ schools.

PPTA has a dual role: Firstly, it forms the professional association for secondary school teachers; and secondly, it is a legally registered union that can advocate for your rights at work and negotiate collective agreements to achieve better pay and conditions for members.

Why is PPTA a professional association and union? Because you can’t separate the industrial and professional functions of teaching. Take class size for example - the number of students in each teacher’s class impacts on both learning and workload.

Membership gives you opportunities to attend free training and professional development, as well as social events where you can network and connect with like-minded people. You are also entitled to access free industrial advice; legal assistance; and some pretty amazing discounts on banking, healthcare and shopping.

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