Welcome to NZEALS.

We offer networking, resources and events to grow leadership potential in all educational sectors.

We hold leadership forums, for non-members and members. We have open access to our journal, JELPP, and to public pages of our newsletter Leading Lights. For access to the member directory, member-only pages and forums, please login - or join NZEALS.

Join the NZEALS leadership community today.

Tēnā koutou katoa.

​NZEALS advocates, builds and shares high-quality educational leadership.​ NZEALS connects leadership research and practice across all educational sectors.

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Hold the date for NZEALS 2024 in the beautiful location of Christchurch.

We welcome leaders and their teams from all sectors of education to our biennial hui, and will circulate further details quite soon.

NZEALS Leadership Forums for 2023

Continuing from our NZEALS 2022 conference theme of Tūrangawaewae: a place to stand, our overall theme for NZEALS 2023 leadership forums is

Standing with awareness: knowing and Being your self, as you lead.

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga
Fill the basket of knowledge.

NZEALS leadership forums are a space to Be, to think together, to share each other’s experience across the sectors of education, and to grow our awareness of our self as we explore leadership issues and potential.

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In Term 1 we start the year by acknowledging the extreme issues faced by many educational leaders, particularly in areas affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, and learning from post-earthquake leadership experience in Christchurch.

Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua
Those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead.

In Terms 2 and 3 we offer three linked sessions in consecutive weeks. These consider the term’s theme – of cultural responsivity; of relational trust - from three perspectives: the leader, the team and the individual.

Join us each week, either at 4.00pm or at 7.00pm, according to your availability.

Finally, in Term 4 we re-consider our Tūrangawaewae in the light of the year’s discussion. Where do we each stand now, as a leader?

All forums are free to NZEALS members.
Charge for non-members in Terms 2 and 3: $30 per term.
There is no charge for non-members in Terms 1 and 4

Term 1

21st March
4.00-5.00pm and 7.00-8.00pm
Leadership in times of turmoil
Here we look at the ‘leader within’, and consider what is important at ‘our place’. We discuss the effects of trauma and learn from post-earthquake experience in Christchurch


Term 2

Developing our cultural responsivity.
Here we consider what it means to lead in a culturally responsive way that acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi and enhances our bicultural practices in genuine ways.

9th May, 4.00-5.00pm and 7.00-8.00pm
Looking through a leadership lens

16th May, 4.00-5.00pm and 7.00-8.00pm
Viewing from a team perspective

23rd May, 4.00pm and 7.00pm
Understanding individual responsibility

Term 3

Leading with relational trust
Here we reflect on what it means to develop a culture of trust that has people at the heart and transparency at the centre. What might it mean for us as leaders if we have an open mind, an open heart, and an open will ?

1st August, 4.00-5.00pm and 7.00-8.00pm
Looking through a leadership lens

8th August, 4.00-5.00pm and 7.00-8.00pm
Viewing from a team perspective

15th August, 4.00-5.00pm and 7.00-8.00pm
Understanding individual responsibility


Term 4

Re-thinking our Turangawaewae
Thinking through the year’s discussions, we consider where we stand now, as leaders.

24th October


Leading Lights Issue 1 - 2023 available now.

NZEALS' Leading Lights newsletter is now being published online on the NZEALS web site and Issue 1 - 2023 is now available here.