Annual leave

All employees are entitled by law to at least four weeks paid holidays per year, but this is applied in different ways, depending on the employee’s employment agreement.


Ensure you read the relevant employment agreement carefully for full details of your employee’s leave provisions.
See Employment agreements (Ministry of Education website).
Contact NZ School Trustees Association if you need help to interpret employment agreement details.

The following links provide guidance on annual leave balances and bookings:

Why can’t annual leave be booked for teachers?

Teachers take their annual leave over the school vacation periods. They cannot take any annual leave above this entitlement. If teachers take time off during term time, this must be taken as leave without pay or one of the leave types provided for in their employment agreement.

Annual leave for annualised non-teachers

If a term-time employee has their pay annualised, their annual leave will be included in their annualisation agreement. Therefore, if they take leave not included in the annualisation agreement during a school term, with the exception of sick leave, the annualisation agreement will need to be revisited.

Note: If the employee takes consecutive leave without pay of more than 10 working days during the year, their annualisation agreement ceases. See Annualisation.

Related links

How to:

A-Z of payroll:


Ministry of Education website:

Other websites: