Primary school support staff have begun a round of stopworks aimed at improving their pay and conditions.
The primary teachers union, the NZEI, says they are seeking pay rises that would move them towards a living wage, which has been estimated as $18.80 an hour.
The union says about 45 percent of 24,000 school support workers are on wages much lower than that, with many paid little more than the minimum wage of $14.25.
Support workers include teacher aides and administrative staff.
The stopworks, which began on Monday, are due to end on Friday next week.