Primary and intermediate school teachers in Northland have hit the streets this morning, picketing across the main centres.

It is the turn of teachers across the North Island, except Auckland and Wellington, to strike today, as part of a rolling strikes across the country to campaign for better pay and working conditions.

The Ministry's latest offer, presented last Thursday, followed four days of facilitated bargaining under the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).

It did not move on an earlier offer to raise pay scales by 3 per cent a year for three years, but it included a new top step and the partial removal of a cap on qualifications for some teachers from 2020.


NZEI president Lynda Stuart said the offers did not address union claims for lower class sizes and more professional time.

After picketing, the teachers will discuss the latest offer at closed meetings in Dargaville, Whangārei, Kerikeri and Kaitaia at 10am.

In Whangārei the teachers will march from the Northland Events Centre to the Town Basin at 11am.