Classrooms were empty, playgrounds were deserted right across the country yesterday due to the national teachers strike.

It's just the fourth time the New Zealand Educational Institute, the primary school's union, have called such action in their 135-year history.

In Wellington, hundreds marched on parliament demanding the government provide better pay and conditions for primary school teachers.

The Māori liaison of the NZEI is pleased with how the strike was conducted and they're urging MPs to listen to their demands. 

40 years ago, MPs and teacher's salaries were the same at $18,000 per annum, but today, an MP earns more than $163,000, while teachers earn $78,000.

It has been reported that NZEI and the Education Minister Chris Hipkins will meet again to find a solution.