QPEC is a coalition of parents and educators concerned to promote high quality within each sector of public education. It was launched in mid 1997 and is an incorporated society.

The Aims of QPEC are:

  • To promote education as a basic human right available to everyone through a quality public education system based on social justice and equity;
  • To provide a public forum to counter the trend towards marketisation of education;
  • To promote co-operation instead of competition between individual schools and between state and integrated schools;
  • To facilitate debate based on accurate information;
  • To initiate and disseminate research;
  • To inform parents and communities about sound educational practices;
  • To advocate systems and processes through which students, parents and teachers can be heard;
  • To support parents experiencing difficulties within the education system.


QPEC has:

  • organised many public meetings and education sector meetings in centres —organised conferences and public forums around NZ to highlight problem areas in education for parents;
  • lobbied for changes in key government education policies;
  • taken part in the public debate on educational issues.

Personnel 2013

National Chairperson:  Bill Courtney
National Vice Chairperson:  John Minto
National Vice Chairperson:  Liz Gordon
National Vice Chairperson:  John O'Neill
National Vice Chairperson:  Emeritus Professor of Education Ivan Snook
National Vice Chairperson:  Martin Thrupp, Professor of Education, Waikato University
National Vice Chairperson:  Sandra Grey
Treasurer:  Liz Gordon
National Secretary: Chris Holland

Address for Correspondence and Membership Fees

National Secretary
Chris Holland

Are you interested in Joining QPEC?

You can join QPEC by depositing the appropriate amount ($20 individual, $5 unwaged or $100 institution) into our account on line at Kiwibank Account - 38 9006 0591199 00 and then emailing our National Secretary Maxine Boag with your name and contact details at Chris Holland


Please the section below and mail the completed form with payment to:  

QPEC Membership Fees
P.O. Box 2031 
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

I wish to join the Quality Public Education Coalition:

Name _____________________________________________






Annual Membership 2012 (all fees include GST):

Please circle one:

Institutional membership   $100

Individual membership       $20

Unwaged membership        $5