Tēnā koe,

While the level of response required to stem a resurgence of COVID-19 is currently uncertain, we will continue to follow all Government advice closely and adjust our recruitment process as necessary. During the Level 4 lockdown announced in March, we successfully moved to an entirely online process, and we are confident this can be done again.

We encourage you to apply now to join the 2021 Cohort of the Teach First NZ Programme, as we continue to select great people to walk alongside us in our kaupapa to reduce educational inequality.

Applications for the 2021 Cohort of the Teach First NZ programme (commencing on November 15th 2020) are now open. The four-stage process, detailed below, is repeated once a month for different applicants.

Our process:


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 now.

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.

Ako Centre

Success in a phone interview will lead you to a one-day online Ako Centre - either online or in-person, as we respond to COVID-19 restrictions - 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 on November 15th 2020; participants will begin teaching in their partner schools in January 2021.

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!

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