Mahi Tika: Learning to make a difference

March 13 – November 23

Mahi tika is the professional development programme for PPTA members.  Mahi tika courses are practical adult education seminars based on case studies, collaborative problem-solving and discussion. The courses are delivered by PPTA field officers each year at a location near you.  All members are encouraged to attend, particularly those who have taken on a role in their branch or region, and paid leave is also available for the three stages of the Mahi tika programme.

Contact your branch chair or nearest PPTA field office if you have any questions and use the links below to register.

Please register for the course being held closest to your Branch

Mahi tika 1

Two-day course

This is a foundation employment relations course relevant to all members, and essential for those who are branch office-holders.

The course assists members to:

  • Understand the democratic structures of the PPTA and how we work, to confidently raise participation.
  • Involve and empower PPTA members in the branch to participate and take ownership of their Collective Employment Agreement and to promote the rights and obligations of the Employment Relations Act and other relevant employment legislation.
  • Use new tools and apply new skills to support a greater understanding and participation in problem-solving and research tasks within their workplace.

Upcoming Dates:


Register for Mahi Tika 1

Mahi tika 2

Two-day course

The Stage 2 course builds on the knowledge and understanding developed in the foundation course through more in-depth focus on important collective agreement and employment law processes.

This course assists members to:

  • Understand the Employment Relations Act, especially good faith and consultation
  • Gain greater knowledge of your collective agreements
  • Develop skills that help to build mutual trust and confidence in your workplace
  • Understand health and safety and fairness at work
  • Develop the capacity of the PPTA branch to contribute to resolving workplace issues

Upcoming Dates:

Register for Mahi Tika 2

Mahi tika 3

Two-day course

The Stage 3 course is challenging and builds on the previous two courses. Participants learn how to negotiate solutions to workplace issues by doing it.

This course assists members to:

  • Understand aspects of workplace structures, processes and decision-making that impact the employment relationship
  • Develop negotiation skills that support good-faith relationships within the workplace and enable members to work collaboratively to resolve workplace issues

Upcoming Dates:

2-3 November
9-10 November
20-21 November
Auckland (Māori & Pasifika)
2-3 November
22-23 November

Register for Mahi Tika 3

Provisionally certificated teachers

One day course

Teachers who are new to the profession face a number of challenges. This course focuses on the professional and employment issues that are particularly relevant to you.

This course is for all beginning teachers (you don’t have to be a PPTA member) and assists to:

  • Access advice and guidance programmes that support you to gain full certification
  • Develop an overview of the collective agreement and legislative entitlements and obligations
  • Develop strategies for dealing with common workplace issues
  • Understand the role of PPTA, especially the branch

This course, unlike Mahi Tika 1, 2 & 3, is not a Paid Employment Relations Course.

Upcoming Dates:

Register for PCT

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