Clean air and beautiful countryside. Great students and safe schools. Come and teach here, and you’ll find a modern education system plus all the lifestyle perks you can only get in Aotearoa New Zealand. You'll get to experience and contribute to an education system that is committed to the importance of our rich and diverse Māori and Pacific culture and identity.

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Teaching in New Zealand

As teachers, we understand the trusted position we hold in society and we recognise the influence we have on learners, their understanding of the world and the future wellbeing of our society.

In New Zealand, we expect our teachers to have high standards of integrity, conduct, competence and effective teaching practice. When you teach in New Zealand, you’ll get regular professional learning and development opportunities, as well as an annual appraisal. This means that learners, their families, communities and the public can have the trust and confidence they expect in our teachers and the teaching profession.

The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium curriculum, aim to develop our young people as lifelong learners who are confident and creative, connected and actively involved. Although both curricula come from different perspectives, each starts with a vision of young people developing the competencies they need for study, work and lifelong learning, so they can go on to achieve their potential. And both allow teachers to be autonomous and creative in how the curricula are delivered.


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Once you decide you want to teach in New Zealand, there’s a process to follow that involves four different New Zealand government agencies. This should go smoothly if you work through each of the points below and make sure you prepare your documentation carefully before you leave your home country.

First, check you’re eligible

You’ll need to meet certain criteria for your application to go smoothly.

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After that, you’ll need to:

  • Find out what teaching jobs are available in New Zealand
  • Check if your teaching qualification is pre-approved for New Zealand or get your qualifications assessed
  • Register to teach in New Zealand
  • Apply for a job at a New Zealand school
  • Get your salary assessed
  • Get a visa that allows you to work in New Zealand
  • Move to New Zealand and start teaching

We’ll give you an overview of each stage of the process – and from here you can contact the individual agencies for more detailed information.

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A recruitment agency can help

If you’d like to talk to someone about teaching in New Zealand and what jobs are currently available, contact one of the Ministry of Education’s contracted education recruitment agents and they’ll get in touch with you.

Note that not all schools place their vacancies through a recruiter.


The four agency process

Four different New Zealand government agencies play a role in helping you teach in New Zealand, and you’ll need to apply to each of them directly. Find out more about what they might need to get things underway:


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See if your application can be fast tracked

If you meet any of the following criteria, your application could be fast tracked:

  • Your qualifications are on our pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications list.
  • You have a job offer from a New Zealand school.
  • You’re looking to teach in an area of need, such as a Science, Technology or Maths (STM) subject.

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