A gathering, hosted by the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), of 120 leaders of regional school principal associations has called for the school curriculum to again take centre stage in schools. 

‘There has been much instability and uninvited disruption imposed on schools in recent years,’ said Philip Harding, NZPF President.

The latest Government announcement calling for expressions of interest in running Charter schools has met with a barrage of criticism from several quarters. The President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) Philip Harding is dismayed at the haste with which the Government is trying to push through the latest private school model.

The Novopay system for paying the country’s teachers has long been described as a train wreck in slow motion.  The latest survey of New Zealand school principals confirms that after seven months the wreck continues to advance and schools are at the end of their tether.

‘Our latest survey results from 1,155 respondents are the most disturbing of all six surveys we have conducted since last October,’ said Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).


It is now a well-established fact that that at least 200,000 children in New Zealand are living below the poverty line.  The upshot of this is that these children start the day without an adequate breakfast.


The decision to review consultation processes in the wake of controversial school mergers and closures has been welcomed by New Zealand's school principals.

'We are pleased that the Ombudsman will be investigating the way in which the Ministry consults with the education sector and school communities on issues that have a direct affect on them,' said Phil Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF).

The announcement this afternoon that the Secretary for Education has resigned her post just 14 months into the job is no shock to the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) President, Paul Drummond.

The latest survey of school principals shows that rather than making steady improvements each pay cycle, the Novopay pay roll system is actually getting worse.

‘Our latest of five surveys represents over 900 schools,’ said Paul Drummond President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF). ‘The most disturbing finding is that things are getting worse not better,’ he said.

Staffing, usage and expenditure (SUE) reports were correct for wages and salaries for 36% of schools last month but now only 16% report accuracy. 

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