Annual Conference


The 2015 PPTA Annual Conference will be held at the Brentwood Hotel, Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October 2015.

Annual Conference is the decision making authority of PPTA.

PPTA provides live, web-streamed coverage of all the speeches, debates and decisions of our annual conference.

External website Annual Conference 2014 - Video of livestream

Twitter hashtag - #pptaconf

If you're unable to catch the coverage live, clips of key speeches will be available on the website for the remainder of the year.


Annual conference logo 2014Link to PPTA webpage PPTA's EDUCANZ battle continues (1 October 2014 media release)

Link to PPTA webpage School funding failing vulnerable students – time for a better way? (1 October 2014 media release)

Link to PPTA webpage Seaworthy ships and stormy seas - PPTA annual conference 2014 (30 September 2014 media release)

Link to PPTA webpage Conference papers

 

 

 

President's address to the 2014 annual conference - Seaworthy in stormy seas

PPTA President Angela Roberts' address to the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā.  Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Kia Orana, Talofa lava. Taloha Ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Malo e lelei.

Greetings to you all on this great Wellington day.

As a teacher of the Arts, it is usual for me to turn to Vincent van Gogh -  he once said:   

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

And that’s us – we can never forget that the political context in which we work is often stormy and dangerous but we have to venture out anyway.

I am going to talk more about the political water  later, but I want to start by reflecting on the decisions made at last year's conference and how they have charted our activities over the last year.

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PPTA annual conference 2014

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) Annual Conference was held at the Brentwood Hotel, Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington. 

Annual conference logo 2014Tuesday 30 September 2014 - Thursday 2 October 2014

Annual Conference Papers included:

Zoning, enrolment schemes and choice ― educational apartheid?
Initiated by the Waikato Region, this paper explores the issue of zoning and its influence on house prices, the movement of students to schools and theperceptions of parents who make choices about which schools to send their children. It identifies unfairness and waste in the current zoning policies and calls for a review.

icon Zoning, enrolment schemes and school choice - Educational apartheid?

Behaviour, behaviour, behaviour ― it’s a class act!
After the 2013 Annual Conference expressed concern about the way PB4L and related initiatives were operating in schools, this paper explains how these behavioural initiatives are being implemented, describes some of the challenges in turning theory into effective practice and recommends PPTA adopt a set of behavioural guidelines to empower branches to have more say about how behavior management frameworks operate in their schools.

icon Behaviour, behaviour, behaviour – Its a class act!

A needs-based model of resourcing for schools ― time for a national discussion?
This paper explores what “needs-based” could mean in terms of the totality of school resourcing and recommends PPTA seek to work with other organisations to initiate discussions on how the state and integrated schools system could be resourced within a needs-based framework.

icon A needs-based model of resourcing for schools - time for a national discussion?

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Joining the dots: President's address to the 2013 PPTA annual conference

Image Angela Roberts PPTA president 2013-2014

New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) President Angela Roberts address to the 2013  Annual Conference.

Joining the dots - Repelling threats to public education and attacks on workers' rights

President's Speech to PPTA Annual Conference 2013 - Repelling threats to public education and attacks on workers' rights - 'Joining the dots'

Greetings

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā.  Tā“nā koutou, tā“nā koutou, tā“nā koutou katoa.
Kia Orana, Talofa lava. Taloha Ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Malo e lelei.

Greetings to you all on this great Wellington day.

Wow - what a year!

When we met 12 months ago the first Novopay payslips were starting to trickle through, or not trickle through as the case was for more than 20% of members. Lesley Longstone was still Secretary for Education despite feeling immense pressure from an increasingly toxic relationship with the Minister. Schools were still hung-over from the class size debacle. The Association was exposing the charter schools book of lies. We only suspected the Government had plans to dismantle the Teachers Council and re-build it with a shonky outlet with stronger alignment to the Government.  And bargaining for our major Collective Agreements were still weeks from starting.  

I often wonder what would happen to public education in New Zealand without the PPTA whanau keeping a close watch on the myriad of sharks that roam the sector in search of that next morsel. Each slash of their teeth comes at the expense of our students, who deserve much more than to have their futures gouged by these profit-taking neoliberal edupreneurs.  

But this year the attacks we face are not just targeted at public education. Workers face a hostile assault on their workplace rights.  And by workers I don't just mean those, like our students, who have jobs close to the minimum wage - the proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Act strike at that the heart of a union's core business of collective bargaining. They will ripple through to our members in their own employment relations and into their classrooms through the impacts they will have on our local communities.

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