New Zealand Principal Job Shadow Pilot

COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) – Alert Level 4 Update

Due to the closure of schools and the subsequent implications that this will have on applicants, the 2020 New Zealand Principal Job Shadow will be postponed.

An expanded programme will resume in 2021 with the intention of launching earlier to give applicants a greater opportunity to apply or reapply.

Please email the TeachNZ team if you have any queries.


If you are a principal, tumuaki, or aspiring principal we encourage you to explore this exciting professional development opportunity. The New Zealand Principal Job Shadow can support you to experience different jurisdictions, settings and mediums to help develop your leadership capabilities and practices.

The New Zealand Principal Job Shadow Pilot offers six ‘applicant’ principals the chance to study and work alongside another principal for four weeks. You can apply to shadow a principal:

  • With more experience (ideally if you are a beginning or aspiring principal)
  • Who works in a different medium (Māori / English / dual)
  • Who works in a different setting (rural / isolated / urban)
  • Who works in different sector (primary / secondary)

TeachNZ will support this experience by covering the relieving costs while you’re away from your school or kura, as well as paying for transport (flights/vehicle), accommodation and other expenses during the job shadow.

Further information

If you have any questions, please email or call us on 0800 165 225.

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