Career Changer Secondary Scholarships

The 2019 TeachNZ Career Changer (Secondary) 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 (Secondary) Scholarships.

These scholarships are available for people who are either proficient or fluent in te reo Māori, have a depth of life and work experience, and who wish to change careers to work as a secondary teacher, or currently have Limited Authority to Teach and wish to study to become a qualified teacher.

There are two types of scholarships available:

  • 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.

They provide financial assistance so the loss of income you experience while studying is not a barrier to obtaining a teaching qualification.

These scholarships are for people commencing study towards an approved Graduate Diploma/Master of Secondary Teaching at the start of the 2019 academic year.


Applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be changing career to become a qualified teacher, or have a Limited Authority to Teach
  • have applied to enrol into an approved Graduate Diploma/Master of Secondary Teaching
  • have proficiency in te reo Māori to a level that meets the requirements of the tertiary provider
  • have leadership experience
  • have support from iwi and/or Māori leaders in the community

  Tipu Whakarito Te Reo Maori:

  • Have a degree or graduate diploma with at least one 300-level paper in Māori studies, development, language, culture or society

 Te Waka Whakarei:

  • Have a degree or graduate diploma with specialist secondary subject content at the 300 level in that qualification, for teaching to a senior level.

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 or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

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