When did the Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Act come into effect?
The Bill became law on 29 September 2018, the day after Royal assent was granted by the Governor General. The full progress of the Act can be viewed on the Parliament New Zealand website. To read the Act in full, go to the New Zealand Legislation website.
What are the key changes resulting from the changes to the Act?
The two key changes are:
- The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand will change its name to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, and;
- The Board will increase in size from nine to 13 members.
What was the drive behind the Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill?
Hon. Minister Chris Hipkins introduced the Bill in June 2017. In a press release sent from his office on 18 September 2018, Minister Hipkins said he introduced the Bill because he and others in his party believed the teaching profession could be trusted to elect representatives on their own professional organisation. He also said the name of the Council would change to better reflect the work of teachers and the core business of the Council. The Cabinet Paper for the Bill also provides some useful background.
Will there be any changes to the functions of the Council?
No, our functions will remain the same. We will continue to be the professional body for all registered teachers from early childhood through to primary and secondary schooling in English and Māori medium settings.
When will the new name come into effect?
Our new name – the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand – is our legal name with immediate effect. However, we will work through the process of socialising our new name with registered teachers. This will happen gradually over the next 12 months. To avoid unnecessary expense, there will be no immediate changes to our logo or branding on our printed documents or application forms. Some changes, such as changing our domain name, will take several months.
What changes will be made to the Governance structure?
The Council’s Board will be increased from nine to 13 members. This will include:
- Seven members elected by the profession (one teacher and one leader from each of ECE, primary and secondary sectors, and one representative from the initial teacher or continuing teacher education sector), and;
- Six members appointed by the Minister of Education following the elections.
How will the Council be governed in the interim?
Until the new Board members are appointed and elected, the current Board will continue to oversee the running of the Council.
What will happen next?
The inaugural elections will be held in March 2019, and the new Board will take office on 1 July 2019.