Kia ora!

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Teach First NZ programme.

Applications to join the 2022 Cohort are opening very soon, with a new application form and reviewed recruitment process. If you've been waiting for round one to open, we appreciate your patience and are excited for you to be one of the first to apply in this round.

Before you apply, get familiar with our recruitment process below!

Our process

Our four-stage process is repeated for different applicants throughout the year. Check our social channels for information about application deadlines.


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.

Phone interview

Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview, which is an opportunity to discuss your alignment in further depth in a 20-30 minute phone conversation with one of our whānau.

Ako Centre

Success in a phone 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-reflection exercises.


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 seven-week intensive training will commence in mid-November; participants will begin teaching in their partner schools the following January.

If you have any concerns or queries about this process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected]

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!