Completing the Application Form

Application Forms must be fully completed with all necessary documents attached. Incomplete or illegible applications may not be considered.

We cannot accept image or PDF copies of the postal form that are sent to the TeachNZ email address.

If completing the online form, upload any supporting documents as PDFs or as Microsoft Office files, picture copies of documents will not be accepted.

Applications that are not supported by the correct documents will be considered incomplete. In this instance, a member of the TeachNZ team will contact you to make you aware of this. If you do not supply the correct documentation before the ‘Additional/missing documents date’ your application will be ineligible and not be assessed.

We strongly recommend you ask someone else to check your completed application before you send it to us.

The Application Form is valid for people commencing or continuing study towards an approved teaching qualification in the 2020 academic year.

1. Scholarship Details

On the Application Form, tick the scholarship/s type (target subject/s) you are applying for. You may apply for more than one scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Note: You can only be awarded one TeachNZ scholarship. If you have previously received a TeachNZ scholarship, and failed to meet the terms and conditions of that scholarship, you are not eligible to reapply.

2. Personal Details

Name and contact details

Proof of your name and date of birth

Please supply a certified copy of at least one of the following:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • certificate of citizenship.

Please ensure you enter on the Application Form the name that your tertiary provider knows you by.

Proof of your name change (if applicable)

Please supply a certified copy of at least one of the following:

  • marriage certificate
  • deed poll document
  • birth certificate (that shows name change).

Citizenship or residency status

Proof of your residency status

If you are a New Zealand citizen you need a certified copy of:

  • your New Zealand passport (ID page) OR
  • your New Zealand birth certificate OR
  • your certificate of New Zealand citizenship.

If you are a permanent resident or you need certified copies of the following:

  • your main passport ID page AND
  • a passport page showing your indefinite New Zealand residency stamp and/or sticker or a certified copy of an e-visa.


Please state your ethnicity. If you are Māori, please specify your iwi and/or hapu. This information may be used for statistical purposes.

3. Study plan

Enter your teaching subjects in the spaces provided and select the qualification you are intending to enrol in. If you are starting your qualification in semester 2 2020, you do not need to be enrolled at the time of applying. If you are offered a scholarship, we will ask you to confirm which qualification you are enrolling in.

There’s a huge range of study options available, so you may find our online search tool helpful to choose a programme that suits you.

Qualification and academic history

The selection panel considers the qualifications you already hold because proof of your success in study is desirable.

Insert details of the highest qualification you’ve achieved or partially completed, either academic or work-related.

Attach certified certificates and transcripts of your achievement or partial completion of this qualification to the Application Form.

You can also provide further support for your application by inserting details of any other degrees certificates and awards that you may have achieved.

All must be certified evidence of these as well.

What documents are required as proof of my qualifications?

A4-size certified photocopies of one of the following:

  • official certificate of the qualification
  • official academic transcript (results)
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) assessment
  • letter from recognised New Zealand tertiary provider.

Your documented proof must include every year of study.

What if my academic transcript shows I have failed some papers?

You may provide reasons for this if you wish.

What do I do if I have overseas qualifications?

You must get them assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) before sending us your application. You can apply to get your overseas qualifications assessed at or by contacting NZQA on 0800 697 296. All papers must be translated into English.

NZQA will take several weeks to assess these.

What are equivalent qualifications?

Equivalent qualifications are ones that are considered the same level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

For example, New Zealand’s National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 is equivalent to sixth form certificate.

What do I do if have lost my qualifications?

Lost qualifications must be replaced so certified copies can be provided with your application. It is your responsibility to contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or your Tertiary Education Provider to request copies.

4. Work and life experience (CV)

To give the selection panel a greater understanding of your qualifications and work history, please supply a brief CV (no more than four A4 pages).

The panel are looking for any qualifications you may have, your work history whether its employment or voluntary work, community involvement (at the marae and church), and life experiences you bring with you to the teaching profession.

5a. Personal statement

A personal statement is an opportunity to tell the selection panel what kind of person you are, your characteristics, your life experiences and your skills that will add value to teaching profession.

You can use examples from your CV to demonstrate life and work experiences

To show fluency, those applying for both Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer and Te Tipu Whakarito scholarships, this section must be completed in te reo Māori. It is also an opportunity for you to display any Pacific language skills you may have.

It is also an opportunity to write about teaching passionately.

This statement must have a referee to support what you say. We or the selection panel may contact him/her.

5b. Video submission

We know that great teachers are great communicators, able to inspire and persuade students to learn. The purpose of asking you to submit a video presentation with your application is to help the selection panel gain an understanding of your ability to communicate effectively and to give you an opportunity to express yourself should you be more confident in your oral skills. The videos also allow you the chance to demonstrate any language skills and cultural competencies you possess.

Keep your video presentation to the 3 minute time limit and covering the areas we have asked of you.

This is your chance to present yourself to the selection panel and make a compelling case to be offered a scholarship. Submitting slide show style video presentations is not recommended.

To show fluency, for those applying for both Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer and Te Tipu Whakarito scholarships, this section must be completed in te reo Māori. It is also an opportunity for you to display any Pacific language skills you may have.

Please let us know what language it is when you submit your application.

Video presentation guidelines


We don’t expect you to have professional filming equipment, so using a phone or computer is fine, but please review your footage before sending to ensure sound and image quality are sufficient to get your message across.

Avoid submitting anything too shaky, loud or inaudible. If you are struggling to get the quality you desire, ask a friend or family member to assist you with filming so you have more space to communicate and engage the viewer.


Content is crucial to your video submission, so make sure your message comes across clearly within the suggested time. Use real-world examples and evidence whenever possible, and avoid straying too much from the relevant topic. This is your chance to really stand out, so let your passion for teaching shine through by using creative approaches to filming. The selection panel need to see that you feel inspired by your teaching subjects.

Please note, anything that exceeds the recommended time for your video will not be assessed, so practice ahead of time if you’re worried about duration.


Please ensure your video is clear, concise and viewer friendly.

Imagine you are in front of a class full of students. How would you speak to them and engage with them? Your effective communication skills should come across in your video submission. Also consider your environment and personal presentation when filming.

How do you want to portray yourself to the viewer? Take some time to really think through your plan before filming, and spend time analysing the video afterwards before submitting the final product. This is your chance to make a strong and lasting impression – good luck!


Please upload your finished video to the sharing site Vimeo ( Your video should be 3 minutes in length and not exceed a file size of 500mb. We cannot accept files that are sent to a member of our team directly or uploaded to other video sharing platforms. You will need an account to upload to first. If you don’t already have an account, please follow the instructions on their website to create one.

Once uploaded, you will have a URL (link) created for your video. The URL (link) is the Vimeo web address followed by a nine digit number, for example: 

You will need to provide us with this link along with a corresponding password.

6. Applicant declaration and checklist

Read each statement and tick if it is true, then sign and date the declaration. If you do not sign (or digitally confirm) the declaration, your application may not be considered.

Document checklist

Use the checklist to ensure you have attached certified copies of all the relevant documents to your application.


Apendix 1 (Kupe Applicants)

Kupe Tertiary declaration and family tree

Kupe applicants are required to ask their tertiary provider to complete a tertiary provider declaration to confirm that you are enrolled in a programme and meets the criteria.

In addition, Kupe applicants are to submit family tree or whakapapa and must be endorsed by a leader of your community to confirm you are of that cultural group.

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