Teachers and directors of Auckland primary schools left the job as part of the nationwide rolling strike on wages and conditions.
This is the second time they attacked in three months.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jacindo Ardern said she "is pushing" teachers to consider the offer of nearly $ 700 million and the chance that they now have.
She would have preferred not to be in a strike situation, but she pointed out that the teachers had not yet had the chance to vote on the last offer made before the start of the strike action.
"I hope they have a chance now."
The government gave everything she had on the table, she said.
"That's all we have, we've pushed as far as we can go, the mediator has approved the deal and said it's" handsome and competitive, "and we tried to listen to what teachers asked us to do in this deal."
Meanwhile, Education Minister Chris Hipkins is unwavering that he does not get more money on the table and that the NZEI should "carefully consider" where they are going.
"They need to work with their members to turn things around," he said.
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"The Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and I were all very clear – the money that is now in the table represents the amount of money that will be offered. We would like to talk about changing the offer but no more money."
Hipkins welcomed the teacher back to the table to work by getting a package that they were comfortable with.
"We will not increase the amount of money for an indefinite period. It was a matter for the government, as the process goes, it's the way – we raise the NZEI offer, and at the same time increase what they find it very difficult to find a common cause.
He asked if he was afraid that the primary and secondary teachers could hit together and said he was soon in the process with middle school teachers.
However, the ability of the government to negotiate was limited by the fact that it was in mediation with teachers of elementary schools, he said.
This process has to a certain extent defined the process of negotiating with secondary school teachers, he said.
Teachers gathered together at intersections across the city Monday morning, armed with posters, banners, horns, and elegant dresses.
"Toot for the Teachers" has arrived in transit, with cars, buses and lorries beating their support.
Ludwig Heap, a professor at Alberta Primary School, said the atmosphere was "quite festive".
From 7.20 am he was on the corner of Luke & Rd and New North Road along with about 20 colleagues.
He said the most important part of the strike was to improve conditions for people to join the profession.
"The public thinks that this is an increase in salary, but it really is attracting high-quality teachers," he said.
Julie Belliveau, a teacher in the same school, agreed. She said she was on strike because it was important for the government to address the current crisis.
"The biggest news is the same thing I say to my class: they do not have to have a teacher when they get to high school."
The last offer from the ministry was "a faint face," she said.
"They did not talk about the conditions at all, that's what matters most to us, not salary," she said.
The latest offer included a new upper payline and the partial lifting of qualifications restrictions for some teachers from 2020.
The offer also included a one-time gross payment of $ 500 for all members of the NZEI.
Belliveau said that this amount would not cover even the money she spent every year on classroom instruction.
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Chris Hipkins offers his opinion on the NZEI's decision to strike before requesting his members to consider a new salary agreement.
The new offer was already on the table, which included a 3% increase in basic salary each year for the next three years.
This would lead to an increase in the initial entry level teachers' salaries of USD 47,980 to a possible starting point of USD 53,429 in 2020.
Teachers at the top of the scale should graduate pay increases from $ 75,949 to $ 82,992 in 2020.
NZEI Chairman Lynda Stuart said the latest offer did not deal with class size or career development outside classroom time.
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Hundreds of teachers gathered at a trade union meeting in Glenden, West Auckland, before marching into MP Phil Twyford's office.
It was cheering, singing and screaming as the procession stepped out of the main road, along with a corps of passage corners.
Some teachers brought their children together with the children who were on their shoulders and helped to transmit clearly painted posters.
Andrew Rush, a Freyburg community teacher, was one of many who joined today's event.
He said he was struggling not only for himself but also for others in the profession who were worse.
He said he "can not imagine" family support for his current salary. He estimates his pay per week to be $ 700, up to 70 hours of work, which often left his life, a "paycheck".
Balmoral School Director of Mt Eden, Malcolm Milner, said that there was strong support for the strike among parents – some even joined street teachers on Monday morning.
"My parents would rather have a teacher in each room, and we need an offer to reflect it," he said, reiterating the importance of recruiting high-quality people into the profession.
Union members in Auckland met on Monday morning to discuss the latest offer. The strike will continue throughout the country this week.
Monday: Wider area of Auckland
Tuesday: Rest of North Island (except Auckland and Wellington)
Wednesday: Wider region of Christchurch (including Ellesmere, Ashley, Mid-Canterbury, Malvern, Hurunui and Aronui Tomu Waitaha)
Thursday: South Island (excluding the wider area of Christchurch)
Friday: Wider Wellington Region