With the emergence of a New Zealand Principals Federation in the early to mid-nineties (NZPF), came a regional network of principal associations and the CPPA become one of the first groups to link with NZPF. This has seen Canterbury strongly represented on the national executive of NZPF and provide as of 2016 three national presidents.
The association’s executive members on the NZPF executive have been;
From this list those who have become the national president include;
One of the NZPF’s main activities is the national conference which is bid for by the regional associations. Canterbury has successfully hosted three of the most successful conferences in1992, 2000 and 2008. All of these conferences, apart from providing expert professional development for principals provided significant funds for both the national as well as the hosting regional association.
The 2000 Conference was the very first Trans-Tasman conference and was the brain child of Dick Connolly and supported by the then Executive. This concept has since become a four yearly event with there now having been conferences held in Melbourne (2004), Auckland (2009) combined with the ICP world conference, Melbourne (2012) and the last one being in Auckland in 2016. Sadly with the earthquakes in 2010-11 Christchurch has had no facility to host another NZPF Conference.
Perhaps one of the most important roles the association has played in its history was the support for schools after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that so badly affected the regions schools and communities. Through its networks and personnel the CPPA quickly became a conduit for informing schools and communities what was happening across the city as far as the status of their schools was concerned. It also provided support and advice for principals who were struggling with what to do under enormous and tragic circumstances that had never been experienced before. Executive members also played a significant role in providing the Ministry of Education information as to the status of many issues that were impacting on the schools and principals across the city. As the Ministry of Education set up liaison committees the association members played significant and important roles on them.