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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NET Bulletin 30 Nov 2012 - Myths about PPTA

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) 30 November 2012. The bulletin 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.

Four myths about PPTA

In the recent battles over charter schools and class sizes, PPTA has been in the news a lot.

This has seen the media and political commentators making many accusations about who we are and what we stand for.

Along with the distortions about teachers' salaries and the notorious long-tail claim that the state system fails 20% of our students, the media has popularised several myths about PPTA itself.

Myth 1 PPTA is a branch of the Labour Party

PPTA is not aligned with any political party.

PPTA is dedicated to implementing research-backed improvements in education and urges all parties to back best practice policies.

PPTA has recently been campaigning for all parties to reach a consensus on education policy to stop the ping-pong game of changing policies with each election. This non-partisan approach to education has succeeded in Finland and PPTA urges New Zealand to copy that model.

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Myth 2 PPTA is a trade union concerned only with teachers' salaries

PPTA is more than just a union, it is a professional association.

As part of our commitment to delivering students the best quality education possible, PPTA has provided teachers with excellent professional development, such as the cluster workshops on implementing the new curriculum.

Recent conference papers dealt with the unfair and inequitable burden of school fees (also known as "donations") on students and parents, school funding models, student loans, class size, disruptive behaviour and NCEA.

Our most recent Collective Agreement claim specifically asked the Government to work with us to improve quality teaching and laid out several steps to achieve this goal.

The battle for smaller class sizes is focussed on improving student outcomes, not just cutting back teacher workload.

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NET Bulletin 7 Nov 2012 - Money matters

Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) 7 November 2012. The bulletin 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.

Money matters

Financial Advice

Obtaining sound financial advice is unlikely to be on an establishing teacher's "˜to do list' as they navigate the start of a career in teaching. That said, readers of Mary Holm's weekly columns on KiwiSaver will know the long-term costs of failing to enrol in the workplace superannuation scheme that is partly subsidised by the government and employers.

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