Application Tips

TeachNZ recipients are resourceful, intelligent, culturally aware and passionate about their work.

We want you to show us this in your application. Here are a few tips to help you do this.

Study Plan

Let us know your approved teaching qualification, your provider and the courses qualification code. If you can’t find this information ask your provider or use our qualifications tool.

Work and Life Experience

Use your CV, certified qualifications and other documents such as certificates to give us a greater understanding of your qualifications, work and life experience.

If you need help developing your CV head to and use their CV builder for help with layout, content and how to communicate your skills.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement allows you to express what kind of person you are, your characteristics, cultural competencies, your experiences and your skills that will add value to the education workforce and the lives of children.

We want to hear about:

  • Your Work experience in teaching
  • How you want to add value to the teaching workforce
  • Why and how you want to have an impact on the children you teach
  • What you personally will bring to teaching
  • Why your character is perfect for teaching
  • Experience building effective relationships and working with children

And if you are applying for a Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer and/or Te Tipu Whakarito scholarship, your:

  • Experience building effective relationships and working with Māori communities
  • Work experience in teaching in Māori medium immersion settings

We also want to see examples that support this! Examples that show off your:

  • Relationship and engagement skills
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Language proficiencies and cultural capabilities


Your referee can be anyone who isn’t in your close whānau.


Need more help?

Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

You can also learn more about our scholarships by watching the videos and exploring the links on the left of this page.

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