Thousands of NZ teachers take to streets to protest for better salaries

Striking teachers march in Auckland's Queen St today. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

More than 50,000 New Zealand teachers – from both primary and secondary schools – walked out of classrooms across the country and marched in the city streets.

The government has offered $1.2 billion to the teachers in long-delayed pay increases but they are seeking a better deal.

News reports said the strike had shut down more than half of the nation’s schools and left the parents of almost 774,000 children scrambling to find activities for them.

The teachers vowed to strike again if the government does not improve the offer, RNZ Checkpoint reports.

The Auckland rally had a strong Pasifika presence.

The Pacific Media Centre’s Del Abcede was at the Auckland teacher’s rally where as estimated more than 10,000 teachers and supporters took part.

She took these pictures and her portfolio can be viewed here.

Pasifika in teachers strike
Pasifika tapa themes in today’s Auckland teacher strike. Image: Del Abcede/PMC
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