Overseas-trained teachers

COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to COVID-19, there are currently controls at the New Zealand border restricting the entry of people who are not citizens or residents of New Zealand

These controls are managed by Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

More information can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/ .

The information outlined below is only of relevance to overseas trained teachers who are returning New Zealand citizens, or otherwise meet the current immigration requirements.


We have developed two introductory Teach in NZ videos to give an overview of teaching in New Zealand, and we recommend that overseas trained teachers watch them before they come to New Zealand, and before they start teaching.

If you want to teach in New Zealand visit Come and teach in New Zealand to find out how to navigate the process.

Teaching vacancies in New Zealand are listed in the Education Gazette.

Immigration rules require that schools and early learning services give preference to teachers with New Zealand registration who are citizens or permanent residents.

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 Mutual Recognition Act. Find out more by visiting the Teaching Council website.

To support teachers who are considering relocating to New Zealand to teach, an Overseas Relocation Grant of up to $5,000 may be available. Click here for more information.

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 at https://www.maukiteako.co.nz/.

Please contact the Teacher Supply team at teacher.supply@education.govt.nz if you have questions about teaching in New Zealand. 

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