The Teach First NZ Programme is employment-based, and provides participants with the opportunity to teach in a secondary school serving a low-income community, whilst completing a Masters qualification over two years.

There is an annual intake for the programme, and applications for the 2021 Cohort of the Teach First NZ Programme (commencing in November 2020) are open, and will be reviewed from January.


The online application is your first chance to share your story: your experiences, achievements, and motivations for working towards social change in Aotearoa. It should take between 1-2 hours to complete. Applications are open and will be reviewed from January 2020.

Phone Interview

Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview, which is an opportunity to discuss your alignment in further depth through a 20-30 minute phone conversation. Face-to-face interviews are possible for those who prefer kanohi ki te kanohi. Phone interviews for the 2021 cohort will open in February 2020.

Ako Centre

Success here will lead you to a one-day Ako Centre, incorporating a pepeha process, an interview, a group exercise, a sample teaching lesson and self-reflection exercises. Ako Centres for the 2021 will commence in 2020.


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

Start dates

The nine-week intensive training will commence in November 2020; participants will begin teaching in their partner schools in January 2021.

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!