Apply for a Māori medium education study award

Applications closed on Monday 26 August 2019. Late applications will not be considered. 

What do I have to do if I receive an award?

If you receive a study award, you are expected to:

  • provide confirmation of enrolment and completion of study if requested
  • complete your nominated qualification during the term of the study award
  • be at school before and after your study leave if awarded less than a full year’s leave or return to teaching between study years if undertaking a two-year qualification
  • return to your previous role, or a similar one after your study is complete
  • notify the Ministry by calling 0800 165 225 or emailing if there are any changes to your contact details, employment status, study plan, or if you take up a new position
  • provide evidence of your bank account when applying for the travel, accommodation and relocation contribution.

If you receive a study award and are subsequently appointed to another school, you may transfer the award as long as you continue to meet all the eligibility criteria and you have the support of your new employer.

If you are offered a position at another school that starts while you are on study leave, you will need to discuss this with your new employer. If they support you completing the study award, you will need to provide evidence of this support so that your new school can receive relief teacher funding.

You cannot postpone your study award to another year, however, if you decline an award, you can reapply with no prejudice in another year.

If you are unable to complete your study, please contact us on 0800 165 225 to discuss your options.

If you choose to withdraw from your study award, please let us know by emailing

If your teaching position is disestablished while you are on study leave, you will need to talk to your employer about your options. If there is no position to fund relief costs for, this will affect your eligibility for the study award, however, your study award proposal may meet the criteria for the retraining option through the surplus staffing provisions.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact TeachNZ by calling 0800 165 225 or emailing

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