Progamme Applications

Apply now!

Tēnā koe!

If you are looking to apply for the Teach First NZ Programme you are in the right place. Join our community of Kairapu (change-seekers), working together for systemic change in education and in broader society. We are so glad that you feel called to this teaching and service journey.

Applications to join our 2024 Cohort have now closed.
If you are interested in joining our 2025 Cohort (kicking off in November 2024), please submit an application for consideration during our next recruitment round.

Contact [email protected] or call 0800 TO LEAD with your pātai or questions.

Click the apply button to start an application.

The online application is your first chance to share your story: your experiences, achievements, and motivations for working towards social change in Aotearoa. You can write your answers directly into the form, or you may wish to check out the questions and prepare your answers in a separate document to be copied over. You can also save your application progress and return to it later.

What happens after I submit my application?

We make sure to get to know you as much as possible before making an offer, and want to make sure you have a good idea of how we roll, too.

Phone interview

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview, which is an opportunity to discuss your alignment with the Teach First NZ Programme in conversation with one of our Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ staff.

Ako Centre

Success in an interview will lead you to a one-day Ako Centre - either online or in person - incorporating a pepeha process, an interview, a group exercise, a sample teaching lesson and self-reflections.


If you are successful at an Ako Centre, congratulations! You will be made an offer to start your leadership journey with Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ.

Key timelines

The Teach First NZ Programme starts with a seven-week Summer Intensive in mid-November. Participants will begin working in their employing partner school in the following year.

Our commitment to you

Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ is committed to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi in every aspect of our work. We welcome all applications and work hard to ensure our recruitment process is equitable and culturally sustaining.

If you have any questions, or would like to advise us of any individual considerations at any stage in the process, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us on 0800 86 5323.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawa nui.

Ngā mihi,
The Ako Mātātupu Recruitment team

Take our eligibility quiz

Are you eligible to join our flagship programme? Our quiz will help you understand whether you meet our eligibility criteria as well as what subjects you may be able to teach.

Take the eligibility quiz!

Request an info pack

If you would like to find out more about our programme, how it works and who we are looking for, we have created an information pack just for you!

Request an info pack!