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Lead Social Change through Te Reo

Lead Social Change through Te Reo

Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ

Closing Date : 24 Jun 2019

Here in Aotearoa, we need skilled graduates who are proficient writers and speakers of Te Reo Māori to make a real difference in the classroom and the wider community. As part of a national movement, we work to disrupt the inequities that exist in Aotearoa which mean that, unfairly, some young people are significantly less able to fulfil their potential than others. The Teach First NZ programme is your opportunity to transform the lives of others whilst also transforming your own. Work with us to lead the future.

About you
You believe in supporting and challenging people to reach their full potential, helping others to feel valued equally and using your passions, beliefs, knowledge and talents to motivate others.

You have strong relationship building skills, a proven record of achievement and possess a genuine desire to use your skills to make a real difference. You're also someone who combines a strong work ethic and self-discipline with warmth, empathy, and humility and a genuine openness to learning.
If this sounds like you, the team at Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ would love to meet you!

About us

"Our true testament is that we are committed to changing the world; and to holding courageous spaces where others might step up and make change with us" - Dr Michelle Johansson, Ako Mātātupu. Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu is an innovative not-for-profit organisation, and our vision is that all young people in Aotearoa reach their full potential, on their own terms. We do this by supporting outstanding people to address the causes of educational inequality which exist both within and beyond school. We develop outstanding individuals into highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders, who work to address one of New Zealand's most pressing issues - educational inequality. 

We believe two things can make a big difference to educational inequality:
1. Great teachers working to raise aspiration and achievement in high-need classrooms; and

2. Leaders in all parts of our society, equipped with the skills to affect large-scale change.

The Teach First NZ programme aims to deliver on both.

The opportunity

Our programme provides carefully selected participants with the opportunity to have a meaningful career, working to make an impact. After undertaking a two-month intensive training period between November and January, participants begin work as a part-time (0.6 FTTE) teacher in a secondary school that serves a low socioeconomic community. Over the 2 years of the programme participants receive in-school mentoring (0.2 FTTE) and study towards a fully scholarship Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership which is delivered by The Mind Lab.

The Teach First NZ programme offers a big challenge that comes with autonomy, challenge, and reward. You will not only see the real and tangible impact that you can have on your students and the community, but will also receive a full-time salary and a full scholarship towards your Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership. 

For many of our participants, the end of the two-year programme marks the next step in their careers as they take on leadership positions in schools and the wider community (charities, government, business) and where they continue working to address educational inequality. 

Application details
To apply for the programme you will need to complete an online registration and application form. You can access this through the link below. Applications are currently open and being reviewed on a rolling basis until Monday 24th June. Spaces are limited, so apply today to avoid missing out.

To apply complete an application form at

Contact details
For more details, eligibility criteria and to apply, visit our website, call us on 0800 TO LEAD or email us at

Good luck!


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