Another big year for EPL

Our Annual Report for the 2022/23 financial year is now available.

It has been a huge year for us, with many of the education sector collective and individual employment agreements being renewed and settled. As a result, we made changes to our systems to apply new pay rates and deliver lump sum payments and other changes for 45,000 school employees. We also implemented pay equity claim settlements and worked with the Ministry of Education to make the first Holidays Act 2003 remediation payments to 82,000 current school employees.

We supported schools affected by significant weather events and streamlined the process of recording the pay-impact of strikes. We managed this from multiple temporary sites for most of the year after our office building was flooded in late November. At times, the timeliness and accuracy of delivering the pay fell below the standards we aspire to, and we will be working hard to meet these targets next year.
EdPay, the online portal schools use to enter their payroll information, is the main method for schools to input payroll instructions. In the past year, 2.0 million transactions were processed in EdPay.

We had several leadership changes during the year. We welcomed Lara Ariell as our Chief Executive in December 2022 and farewelled Arlene White, who had been EPL’s Chief Executive since early 2018. We also said goodbye to Sandi Beatie QSO, who had been our Board Chair since mid-2019, and Colin McDonald QSO, Board Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Naomi Ferguson QSO started in November as EPL’s Board Chair, and existing Board Director Liz Maguire took up the Audit and Risk Committee Chair role.

Towards the end of the year, Deidre Shea MNZM, former principal and executive member of the Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand, was welcomed as a director. Deirdre will bring invaluable school experience and perspective to our Board.

Read the Annual Report