Apply for the Teach First NZ Scholarship Programme

  • Teach First NZ
  • You will be employed full time as a Teacher at one of our partner schools
  • Apr 15, 2024
Full-Time Education

Job Description

Join Us in Shaping the Future of Education with the Teach First NZ Scholarship Programme

Are you passionate about making a difference in young lives?

Are you seeking an opportunity to train or retrain in a certified profession while earning a full salary?

Read on to learn more about the Teach First NZ Scholarship Programme!

About Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ
Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ is offering a prestigious two-year, employment-based secondary teacher training programme with a full scholarship to cover all programme costs. 

Open to NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents who have not already undergone formal teacher training, it serves as a pathway to becoming a registered secondary school teacher. 

Over the two years, you'll undergo comprehensive training and professional development while actively contributing to the educational landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand.

"Ko te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau"
The way the sapling is shaped determines how the tree grows.

Who We're Looking For!

We're seeking individuals who possess a unique blend of qualities that set them apart as future leaders in education.

The ideal candidate will hold a degree or qualification at level 7 or higher, with a minimum of four (4) papers including at least one at 300-level in one or more of the following subjects: 

  • Te Reo Māori
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics or Statistics
  • Technology
  • Digital Technology

Additionally, we are looking for future leaders with the below values and competencies:

  • Commitment to Education: You believe in the power of education to change lives and are committed to nurturing the potential of every student.
  • Cultural Intelligence: Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ values diversity and cultural sustainability. You demonstrate respect for diverse perspectives and are committed to embracing and upholding the values and principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Resilience and Adaptability: Teaching can be challenging, but you thrive in dynamic environments and are resilient in the face of obstacles.
  • Strong Communication: Effective communication is at the heart of teaching. You have the ability to connect with students, colleagues, and parents/guardians with clarity and empathy.
  • Lifelong Learning: You have a growth mindset and are eager to continuously improve your teaching practice through reflection, feedback, and professional development.

What You'll Gain:

  • Employment as a Teacher: No teaching experience needed! Start your journey as a paid teacher in one of our esteemed partner schools, immersing yourself in the day-to-day realities of teaching.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching: Receive a full scholarship to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the classroom.
  • Personalized Support: Benefit from expert mentoring and support tailored to your individual needs, ensuring your success as an educator.
  • A Community Like No Other: Please know, we don't make this claim lightly. Ako Mātātupu is guided by Tangata Whenua and is aspiring to be indigenous-led. This means our organisation - and our training Programmes - put people above all else. Join the Teach First NZ Programme and join a community of people who are genuinely committed to each other, to our young people, and to leading real change in our communities.


Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi. Engari, te toa takitini.”
My strength is not the strength of one; it is the strength of many.

Teacher Training vs. Employment:
Why choose when you can have both? Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ offers a unique blend of teacher training and employment, allowing you to earn as you learn and immediately apply your newfound knowledge in the classroom.

Opportunities across Aotearoa:
Ako Mātātupu is committed to addressing social inequities, and as such, we partner with secondary schools in geographic locations where the need is greatest among our communities.  Please be aware that the volume of employment opportunities in any given area will directly reflect the number of scholarships available and awarded in that area. If you have flexibility in terms of the regions you are happy to live and teach in, please be sure to mention this is the relevant section of the application form.  

Are you eligible for a scholarship?
Determine if you're the right fit for the Teach First NZ Scholarship Programme by taking the handy Eligibility Quiz on our website:

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawa nui.

Ngā mihi,
The Ako Mātātupu Recruitment team


Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ

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How to apply

How to Apply:
Ready to embark on this rewarding journey? Make sure to complete your scholarship application on the Ako Mātātupu Teach First NZ website by 5pm, 17 June 2024:

For More Information:

Reach out to us at or call Alysha, Ako Mātātupu Recruitment Lead, between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday on 021 522 113. Take the first step towards a fulfilling career in education!


Not for Profit

Cause (Sustainable Development Goals)

Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities