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TeachNZ - Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

Fees plus $30,000 allowance per year

Closing dates for applications

Next: 5 June 2020

Length of award

Up to three years

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

It is now open to more people.
If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved ITE programme - you are eligible for one of our five scholarships.
Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, a school leaver or a career changer, have the passion to teach early learning, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.

Selection criteria

To be eligible, you are required to:
Be changing your career or profession to teaching
Be an unqualified teacher currently working in a school (such as a Teacher Aide) have a Limited Authority to Teach or a kaiārahi I te reo
Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
Be enrolled on, have applied for, or be intending on enrol on an approved qualification
Have proficiency in te reo Māori that meets the requirements of your tertiary provider
Have support from your iwi and/or Māori leaders in your community
Applicants who desire to teach in wharekura:
have a degree or graduate diploma with specialist secondary subject content at the 300 level in that qualification, for teaching to a senior level
Applicants who desire to teach te reo in a secondary setting:
have a degree or graduate diploma with at least one 300-level paper in Māori studies, development, language, culture or society.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

As a Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholar you gain access to:
Course fees to study an approved teaching qualification
An allowance of $30,000 per year, over the period of your study (limited to three years)

How do students apply?

You will be able to apply online or by post.
There will be three application rounds, to ensure you get the greatest opportunity to apply
and the chance to reapply should they be unsuccessful in an earlier round.

Please see "Application Form" link below for details on each scholarship.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Please be aware, that due to the limited availability of the Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer Scholarship (90) they may all be allocated before the third round.

The Te Waka Whakarei Career Changer scholarship supports you to change your career and follow your passion for te reo Māori.
The scholarship is designed to assist you on your pathway to teaching
In a Māori Medium immersion primary school or kura
In a Māori Medium immersion secondary schools or wharekura
At a Secondary school; teaching te reo Māori

It provides financial assistance so the loss of income you experience while studying is not a barrier to obtaining a teaching qualification.
There are options for graduates and undergraduates.
If you are proficient in te reo and have a wealth of life experience this could be the scholarship for you.
As a Te Waka Whakarei 

Decision makers

The programme for 2020 is open to more people
Apply and find out more at

Applications are awarded by an independent panel after each round. As well as judging an application on its merit the panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme. The panel will positively weight applicants with Māori and Pacific cultural capabilities and those that intend to teach Science, Technology, Maths, te reo Māori or in ECE and Māori Medium settings. Positive weightings will be flexible and will may change dependent upon teacher supply pressures.

We hold cultural competencies, passion and life experience in the same regard as your academic history. Our application form is designed to let you show this off!

History or background of award

TeachNZ scholarships
Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.

Additional information

Our Aims
The scholarship programme has three roles in contributing to equity and excellent outcomes:
It helps enable equitable access to teaching by reducing/minimising significant barriers that some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand have in entering initial teacher education.
It addresses equity by supporting people from the communities who are underserved by the system, to enter the system through initial teacher education.
It supports the system to deliver excellent outcomes by getting the right teachers in the right place at the right time. For example, scholarship criteria is weighted to address areas that are experiencing teacher supply pressure such as:
specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori
specific sectors e.g. ECE, Primary, Secondary, Māori Medium
specific regions or settings e.g. Auckland, Southland, Gisborne/East Coast, rural and isolated schools.
We are dedicated to supporting to the revitalization of Te Reo and rewarding our Māori and Pacific leaders of tomorrow.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666, Thorndon, Wellington 6140
0800 165 225


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in March 2020.