Finding a Job

It's important to note that in New Zealand, schools and early childhood services are responsible for employing their own staff. There is no central staffing agency and no government department responsible for staff placement. All applications should therefore be made to the employing school or early childhood service.

All vacancies are advertised in the official publication the New Zealand Education Gazette or you can visit the Education Gazette online. There is a search engine which makes it possible to search by subject and geographic region (and you can subscribe to be notified of vacancies meeting your criteria).

You can either apply directly to schools in response to advertised positions or use the services of a teacher recruitment agency.

While there are vacancies throughout the year, most vacancies occur between September and January for the new school year. The school year is made up of four 10-week terms, starting in early February.

If you're a graduate seeking your first teaching position, read our Job Seeking for Graduates section for some helpful advice.

For more education resources, you can also visit:

Ministry of Education: the Ministry of Education's website has a wealth of information on New Zealand's education system.

Te Kete Ipurangi: the online knowledge basket is New Zealand's bilingual education portal. It provides a wealth of information, resources, and curriculum materials to enhance teaching and learning, raise student achievement, and advance professional development for teaching staff and school managers.

Education Review Office: the ERO reviews all schools and early childhood services in New Zealand within a specified period and is a useful reference for New Zealand schools’ and services' performances.

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