Overseas-trained teachers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Pandemic

We are reviewing our overseas trained teacher supply initiatives and we will be keeping this area of the website updated as we assess this situation. Please contact the Teacher Supply team on Teacher.Supply@education.govt.nz should you have any questions.

In New Zealand there is currently high demand for primary teachers, and secondary teachers of the Sciences, Technology and Mathematics. Teachers are in short supply in areas such as Auckland. Teachers are also in demand for relief (supply) teaching.

If you decide you want to teach in New Zealand, there’s a process to follow that involves four different government agencies. Visit Come and teach in New Zealand to find out how to navigate the process for coming to teach in New Zealand.

Special conditions apply to teachers who hold current registration in Australia. These teachers are eligible to be considered for registration under the provisions of the Trans-Tasman Recognition Act. Find out more by visiting the Teaching Council website.

To support overseas-trained teachers who are thinking relocating to New Zealand to teach, an Overseas Relocation Grant of up to $5,000 may be available. Click here  for more information about how to apply for the overseas relocation grant.

All teaching vacancies in New Zealand are listed in the Education Gazette

Immigration rules require that schools give preference to teachers with New Zealand registration who are citizens or permanent residents. Schools can only appoint an overseas teacher if they can prove to Immigration New Zealand that a suitably qualified and registered New Zealand candidate cannot be found.

Professional support is available for Overseas Trained Teachers. This in the form of self-paced study modules, regional workshops and an online facilitator.  You can register for this free support by following this link https://www.maukiteako.co.nz/

We have developed two introductory Teach in NZ videos to give an overview of teaching in New Zealand, and we’re recommending that overseas teachers watch them before they leave for New Zealand, and definitely before they start teaching. 

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand