Information for teachers and educational resources

2018 Pink Shirt Day toolkits for students, teachers  and workplaces

Best evidence synthesis: Bullying in New Zealand schools at primary and secondary levels 

(2013). Education Counts website - Spotlight on Counter-Bullying Pedagogies.

The New Zealand best evidence syntheses (BESs) highlight pedagogies that accelerate achievement at the same time as they counter bullying.

Legal Rights at School: For Young People of Minority Sexualities and Genders

(2017). InsideOUT and Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Young people of sexual and gender minorities often experience discrimination at school, which can take many different forms. The resource aims to give you an overview of your legal rights at school, covering both issues that might affect an individual, and a queer straight alliance/rainbow diversity group.

NZ Students with solutions – working together to end bullying 

(2017). Wellington: Bully Free NZ

Bullying-Free NZ Week (22–26 May, 2017) takes place each year in conjunction with Pink Shirt Day. It provides an opportunity for everyone to campaign against, and raise awareness of bullying. This year’s theme is: NZ Students with Solutions – working together to end bullying. 

Article 24: The right to an inclusive education 

(2016, June). Implementation Report. Independent Monitoring Mechanism on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The authors note the bullying guidelines are recommendatory only and encourage schools to self-evaluate their current practices. While the guidelines recognise that disabled students are at greater risk of bullying than other students, they are yet to establish a disability-specific set of criteria.

Wellbeing for success: A resource for schools 

(2016, March). Wellington: Education Review Office.

The report has been developed to help schools evaluate and improve student wellbeing. It highlights the importance of schools promoting the wellbeing of all students as well as the need for systems, people and initiatives to respond to wellbeing concerns for students who need additional support.

Wellbeing for success: Effective practice 

(2016, March). Wellington: Education Review Office.

The report provides detail about practices in selected schools that promote wellbeing for all students, and describes how these schools respond when concerns, issues or events require more targeted support.

Global guidance on addressing school-related gender-based violence

(2016). UN Women.

The document provide a comprehensive, one-stop resource on school-related gender-based violence including clear, knowledge-based operational guidance, diverse case studies and recommended tools for the education sector and its partners working to eliminate gender-based violence in and around schools.

Digital technology: Safe and responsible use in schools. A guide for schools 

(2015, February). Wellington: Ministry of Education and Netsafe.

The guide supports schools in the management of safe and responsible use of digital technology for learning.

Inclusive practices toolkit

The Inclusive Practices Tools were launched on the Wellbeing@School website. It's designed to support schools to engage with the whole school community in a process of self-review, with access to practical evidence-based tools, resources, and services.

Guidelines: Supporting young people with stress, anxiety and/or depression 

(2015). Wellington: Ministry of Social Development.

The guidelines are for people who a young person confides in about wanting support for mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and mild depression. The Guidelines are designed to support people "walking alongside" a young person to help them access mental health advice and support.

Harmful Digital Communications Bill, Government Bill 168—3

Full text of legislation put in place in 2015 to help stop cyberbullies and reduce the devastating impact their actions can have by simplifying the process for getting abusive material off the internet in a quick and proportionate way.

Deterring and responding to bullying behaviour

(2015). Inclusive Education, Guides for Schools.

This guide is a companion resource to Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools. It supports schools to take a more inclusive whole-school and community approach to reducing bullying behaviours.

Child protection guidelines, NZ Police

These guidelines should be followed when Police or others provide education about child protection.

Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools document

Developed by the cross-sector Bullying Prevention Advisory Group, this guide provides practical advice for schools on how to prevent bullying and respond effectively when it does occur.

Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme

The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme has been operating in New Zealand since 1991. It has been delivered to nearly two thirds of schools nationwide.


Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) helps schools, teachers and parents across New Zealand to promote positive behaviour. PB4L is supported by eight education sector organisations and led by the Ministry of Education.

Kia Kaha Bullying Programme for Schools

NZ Police’s Kia Kaha school-based programme aims to help schools create environments where all members of the community feel safe, respected and valued and where bullying cannot flourish.

School Anti-Violence Toolkit

A resource to assist schools in developing and implementing effective anti-violence policies, practice and procedures which has been developed by the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association.

Netsafe Kit for Schools

This NetSafe kit helps schools to address student cybersafety and support digital citizenship.

Cyberbullying: Information and advice for teachers and principals

Information from NetSafe on recognising and dealing with cyberbullying in the school setting.

The Bullying Forum – Mental Health Foundation

A full-day event held in Auckland in 2010 examined bullying, what is being done to address it and how this can be improved upon. Around 150 people heard from presenters and took part in discussions. Attendees included individuals from schools, police, media and social workers, as well as parents.

Bullying in New Zealand schools 

Green, V.A., et al. (2013, April). Wellington: Victoria University

This study aimed to measure the perceptions and experiences of bullying of New Zealand educators by gaining an understanding of how bullying has been addressed in respondents’ schools. In light of the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) finding indicating that rates of school bullying in New Zealand are among the worst worldwide (Mullis, Martin, Foy, & Arora, 2012), implications and concerns arising from the research are also discussed.

What is bullying behaviour and what is not 

A summary of the available research for teaching and educational staff, developed by Wellbeing at School.

A health promoting schools approach to bullying

Cushman, P., & Clelland, T. (2011). Set, 3, 17-25.

This article draws on responses to a national survey on barriers to student learning. The strategies that primary and secondary schools are implementing to address bullying are discussed in relation to the approach known as “health promoting schools”, an approach that is internationally recognised for its effectiveness in addressing mental health issues in schools.

Report of David McGee, Ombudsman, on complaints arising out of bullying at Hutt Valley High School in December 2007

The report examines the role of the school and the parts played by other agencies: the Ministry of Education, the Education Review Office, and Child, Youth and Family (Ministry of Social Development). The report was presented to Parliament in 2011.

School, violence, bullying and abuse: A human rights analysis

Violence and bullying within schools was identified as a significant issue in the Human Rights Commission’s 2004 status report Human Rights in New Zealand Today: Ngä Tika Tangata o te Motu. A human rights approach highlights the need to ensure the rights of those most vulnerable are a priority and to ensure that bullying, abuse or violence between students at school is treated as seriously as incidents involving adults or that occur outside the school environment.

School Safety: An inquiry into the safety of students at school

This is the first inquiry involving education from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. This inquiry was undertaken because bullying consistently rates as one of the biggest concerns for children and young people in New Zealand and due to on-going complaints about bullying and violence to helplines.

Developing a more positive school culture to address bullying and improve school relationships

The aim of this study by the Ministry of Social Development was to collect information about the actions that three schools have taken to develop a more positive school culture and to reduce bullying in their schools.

“Being a part of a national movement towards positive change is such a powerful feeling. We're all working towards making young people feel good about who they are, right across Aotearoa.”

Pink Shirt Day participant