Principals Recruiting Overseas-Trained Teachers From Abroad

For more than a decade, principals have reported difficulty in recruiting the New Zealand trained teachers they sought. In response, the Ministry introduced a range of incentives to attract and retain teachers. This has included international marketing in an effort to attract good quality overseas teachers. As a result, many such teachers are now resident in New Zealand and working effectively in New Zealand schools.

Immigration rules require that principals give preference to teachers with New Zealand registration who are citizens or permanent residents. Principals can only appoint an overseas teacher if they can prove to Immigration New Zealand that a suitably qualified and registered New Zealand candidate cannot be found. Guidance is available on the TeachNZ website to assist principals who decide to appoint a teacher from overseas.

Click here to read the guidelines.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand