TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships

The 2019 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships will reopen on 6 May 2019.

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Note: You do not need to be enrolled in an approved teaching programme when applying for these TeachNZ scholarships.

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The information below applies to the 2019 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships.

Great teachers are not all the same – they have different backgrounds and life experiences. The TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships acknowledge this diversity, and the energy and enthusiasm it can bring to teaching. These scholarships are for people who have a depth of life and work experience, understand the vital importance of education and enjoy working with young people.

The following Career Changer Scholarships are available for 2019:

Career Changer (Primary) 

Māori Medium – for people wanting to teach in te reo Māori at primary school level.

Career Changer (Secondary)

 • Tipu Whakarito Te Reo Māori - for people wanting to teach te reo Māori as a subject in secondary schools.

 • Te Waka Whakarei - for people wanting to teach a secondary subject in te reo Māori in Wharekura.




Study Type

Number Available

Applications Open

Fees and Allowances

Primary and Secondary

Career Changer Māori Medium (Primary)

Full time,* up to three years


First Round - 17 September 2018 – 26 October 2018

Course fees paid + $30,000 annually over the period of study

Career Changer Secondary (Tipu Whakarito Te Reo Māori me Te Waka Whakarei)

Full time,* up to one year


First Round - 17 September 2018 – 26 October 2018

Course fees paid + $30,000 over the period of study

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Need help?

 You can learn more about scholarships by reading our Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions page.

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


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