Teachers hit the streets before school yesterday in a bid to explain to whānau and the wider community their reasons for taking strike action in two weeks.

The New Zealand Educational Institute announced on Wednesday that teachers would be striking after the decision was made by members via an online ballot.

They're protesting for higher pay and more resourcing support and it'll be the first primary school strike in over 24 years.

The teachers were out en mass because they say it's time the government helped them out.

But Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the government can't afford to make everyone happy. 

The minister says negotiations between the government and the NZEI continue. 

Teachers all over the country are set to walk out on 15 August.