ISEA (the Independent School Education Association) is a trade union and professional association for teachers and support staff who work in independent schools throughout New Zealand. ISEA was created by staff working in independent schools and became a union in 2000.


Like all unions that are affiliated to New Zealand Council of Trade Unions we exist to improve the lives of our members starting with their working lives.  ISEA is a democratic association with members elected to an Executive governing body. The day to day operations is overseen by the General Secretary and the Membership Advocate employed by the union.