The New Zealand Principals’ Federation represents more than 2000 principals from the education sector.
The Federation, which was first established in 1982, provides support and a professional voice for members throughout New Zealand, also information and professional resources, as well as a number of publications and a helpline.


Who we Are

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

At the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, our vision is to be the leading voice and advocate for principals in New Zealand. We strive to drive positive change and foster excellence in educational leadership. With a clear focus on the betterment of education, we are committed to ensuring that principals have a strong professional voice and are well-supported in their vital roles.


Our Mission

Our mission is to support and empower principals across New Zealand. We achieve this by providing valuable professional development opportunities, access to essential resources, and a platform for collaboration and networking. We are dedicated to enhancing the professional standing of principals and ensuring their voices are heard at all levels of education policy and decision-making.


What we do

Our Services

Te Ariki Trust

The Ariki Trust has been established to commemorate the leadership research and development of the late Dr David Stewart. David’s legacy is continued through a memorial scholarship which is offered annually to principals, who are studying leadership.

Help Line

The NZPF executive provides a Helpline service to all members.  When you contact the Helpline, we will arrange for an experienced colleague to contact you so you can discuss any matter causing you difficulty with someone who understands your perspective and who will be able to help you decide how best to proceed.

Grants & Awards

The following awards and grants are made annually through and by the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

Legal Advice

Principals who pay for their own Legal Advice Support Scheme and then move school, will still own the contract and the contract moves with them.  If the owner of the contract is the board, then the cover will be for the principal in that school at that time.

Why Us

Empowering Principals, Transforming Education


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    The New Zealand Principals’ Federation represents 

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    Connect with Us on Facebook

    Stay updated and engaged with the New Zealand Principals’ Federation by connecting with us on Facebook. Our Facebook page serves as a hub for our vibrant community of principals, educators, and education enthusiasts. By following our page, you’ll gain access to the latest news, updates, and resources in the education sector, as well as important announcements from the NZPF.

    Empowering Principals for Success

    Discover the power of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation in empowering principals for success. Our comprehensive support and resources are designed to enhance your leadership skills, provide valuable insights, and foster professional growth. Join us and unlock your full potential as a principal, making a lasting impact on your school and community.

    Building a Strong Education Network

    Connect, collaborate, and network with a diverse community of principals across New Zealand. Join our federation to tap into a robust network of educational leaders, exchanging ideas, best practices, and innovative strategies. Together, we can build a strong education network that drives positive change, elevates the profession, and ensures every student receives the highest quality education.

    Advocating for Principals' Voices

    Be part of a collective voice that advocates for the rights and interests of principals. The New Zealand Principals’ Federation actively engages in policy discussions, representing principals at all levels to ensure their voices are heard. Join us as we shape education policies, influence decision-making, and champion the needs of principals, ultimately creating an education system that empowers both educators and students.

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