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Teaching Council Board Elections

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Kia hiwa rā ki tēnei tuku.
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Tihei mauri ora.

Nau mai, haramai ki tēnei whārangi.

In September 2018 legislation was passed, changing the name of the Education Council to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, and allowing for seven members of the council’s new Board to be elected by different sectors within the profession.

A further six Board members will be appointed by the Minister.

The elections will be held in March 2019.

Election rules

The election rules have now been published, following consultation with the sector. You can read a summary of the consultation results here.


We will update this page regularly with information about the elections. Anticipated key dates are:

Nominations open 23 November 2018
Nominations close 25 January 2018
Voting opens 4 March 2019
Voting closes  26 March 2019


  • Please make sure we have your current email address so you can vote electronically. You can update your details here.
  • Think about whether you’d like to stand as a candidate or would like to nominate someone. We’ll update this site with details on the nomination process later in November.

  • Make sure you’re eligible to vote and/or stand as a candidate. Under s 380 of the Education Act eligibility varies slightly depending on which sector you’re working in – see table below. Note that if you need to have a practising certificate it must be current through February and March 2019.

Sector Eligibility requirements

ECE teacher

Primary teacher

Primary principal

Secondary teacher

Secondary principal

  • Registered teacher with current practising certificate or currently authorised person
  • Currently or most recently employed in sector in which voting/standing as candidate 


ECE leader
  • Registered teacher with a current practising certificate
  • Currently working as ECE leader
Teacher educator
  • Registered teacher
  • Currently working in the field of initial teacher education or ongoing teacher education or both


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