Support staff members met at conferences in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch over the winter. “They were an amazing opportunity for professional development and to shape ongoing careerpath development work, as well as highlighting the essential nature of support staff roles within the education sector,” says Whanganui support
staff leader Sue Nimmo. “There were many highlights, but the absolute one was seeing support staff networking. Speaker Roxanne Dove from America highlighted the fact that our roles are similar, in New Zealand and globally. Same issues and same joys, working alongside children.

Thank you to all the schools, branches and area councils that assisted with funding support staff to attend!