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.

Changes in teacher supply first emerged in 2010 when teacher losses and vacancies began to decline. Since that time the trend has accelerated, with numbers reaching a ten year low in 2011 and remaining at that level. The result has been that new graduates have increasingly found it difficult to obtain positions.

Immigration rules require that principals give preference to teachers with New Zealand registration who are citizens or permanent residents. 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