Who we are and what we do

The New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is a membership-based organisation that:

  • represents the interest of 92% (2,200) of the approximately 2,415 school boards of trustees comprising around 18,000 individual trustees
  • has an agreement with the Ministry of Education, is responsible for delivering a fully integrated range of services designed to support and enhance board capability in their governance and employer role
  • is a "not for profit" incorporated society with charitable trust status.

NZSTA is governed by a Board comprising of the full-time President of NZSTA and six members, elected by the membership. There is also provision for up to two co-opted members.

In addition to the Board, there are 11 recognised NZSTA regions, which are charged with the representation function within their particular NZSTA regional area.

NZSTA employs over 50 staff, located within:

  • The national office in Wellington, and
  • Four regionally based hubs

(Further information on the Organisation)

Our mission is to lead and strengthen school governance in New Zealand.

NZSTA's Strategic Plan (pdf) is available.

NZSTA wants all state and state integrated schools effectively governed by a board of trustees whose primary focus is every student achieving their educational potential. Competent trustees significantly enhance the effectiveness of boards and the performance of their schools and provide the pathway for a better future for all students.

NZSTA supports governance in this critical work through the provision of national and local representation and advocacy on behalf of its member boards, and in providing essential services to support and develop member boards in their governance and employer roles.

What we do to help boards

Services provided free to boards through our agreement with the Ministry of Education include:

(further information on NZSTA services)

Additional services provided to NZSTA member boards

NZSTA offers a number of services which are only available to member boards of trustees.

Membership of NZSTA is by annual subscription, payable by 31 March each year.

A proforma invoice is forwarded to all school boards, along with an open letter to all trustees in November each year.

Join NZSTA now by contacting our Membership Officer dcrisp@nzsta.org.nz.