Now, they wait and see if it made a difference.

After months of stalled negotiations and a series of rejected pay offers between teachers and the Government, those in the profession, instead, swapped pens for placards.

Teachers from 161 schools in the Hawke's Bay/Tairawhiti region were among the 50,000 primary, intermediate, and secondary school teachers who walked off the job Wednesday in the largest and first ever combined strike for the profession.

Teachers gathered at prominent intersections and roundabouts around Napier and Hastings, before heading to the Napier soundshell and the Hastings clocktower before midday.

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