About the New Zealand Principals Federation

Welcome From Your President

Kia ora koutou
 
Welcome to the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), which for the past 33 years has been providing a collective and professional voice for New Zealand’s school principals as they lead learning in the 21st century.  Our job has become progressively complex with increasing demands and challenging expectations.  We are also contending with a worldwide reform agenda which is changing the face of education.  School leaders need to support each other more than ever both at the local level and nationally through NZPF.
 
Collegiality gives confidence and supports you in your decision making.  We encourage you to make use of the NZPF services, including the Helpline, NZPF Legal Advice and other support services outlined in this brochure. We use our extensive communications network in particular our electronic newsletter the ‘Federation Flyer’, our website www.nzpf.ac.nz, and our excellent NZ Principal magazine to keep members informed, up to date and involved.  We value your input and feedback and encourage you to network locally with other principals to ensure we are supporting each other.
 
With over 2150 principals from primary, secondary, area, intermediate, private, state and integrated schools across the country, the collective voice of the Federation is well respected and sought.  The NZPF meets with the Minister of Education and the Secretary for Education and holds regular meetings with the CEO of the Education Review Office, officials from the School Trustees’ Association and the Ministry of Education.  We also represent you on various reference and working groups within our sector.  Our Executive members, comprising fifteen practising principals from across New Zealand, represent a wide range of teaching and leadership experiences.  These practitioners work hard on your behalf.
 
Through the NZPF you also have membership of the International Confederation of Principals.  Founded in 1990 by nine nations, the ICP represents over 150,000 educational leaders worldwide, linking and supporting school principal organisations to enhance their members’ learning and the life opportunities of their students.  New Zealand has a particular role in nurturing links with the Asia-Oceania region, and this year I am the elected executive member on the ICP Council, representing that region. Close liaison continues especially with the UK and Australia.
 
I encourage you to attend the joint NZPF and APPA (Australian Primary Principals’ Association) conference, which in 2016 will be held in Auckland from 31 May - 3 June.  It will be three days of inspiration with the theme ‘Knowledge in Our Hands’ providing an exciting backdrop for a series of high quality speakers, sharing their stories about innovations and practice from education and other sectors. There is an impressive programme in place with great presenters, both international and local. Visit the website at http://www.transtasmanconference.co.nz/ to take advantage of early bird registration discounts. 
 
I have been released from Manurewa Intermediate School in Auckland to be your President and I am hopeful that my passion and enthusiasm for effective school leadership, especially the independence of schools and principals will drive me in my work for you this year. I consider it a privilege that you have elected me to take on this special leadership role and I look forward to meeting many of you and supporting you as you face the challenges that lie ahead. It is also important we remember we are here to make a difference for our students!
 
Noho ora mai rā
Iain Taylor
 

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