Enjoy the professional challenges of world ranked education system, combined with a lifestyle you won’t find elsewhere.
Imagine a place where you can work to the highest professional standards, then in half an hour or less be relaxing on a beach, hiking through beautiful native bush, pounding down a mountain bike track or just chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand wine. That’s what you can look forward to when you bring your skills to New Zealand.
Register your interest
Take the first step to a new life by registering with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.It’s free and there’s no obligation.
New Zealand offers an excellent education system. For example, in what the UK’s BBC called the “biggest ever global school rankings”, the OECD in 2015 put us comfortably in the top 20 nations for the quality of our schools.
New Zealand teenagers perform above the OECD average for reading literacy, maths and sciences, and all eight of our universities come in among the top 500 QS World University Rankings for 2015/16.
Laypeople are certainly impressed. Over 90% of expat parents in the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey said the quality of New Zealand education is the same or even better (50%) than at home. Nearly 70% of them say their children are more well-rounded and confident from their time spent living in New Zealand.
You’ll be working in an education sector that is admired internationally - and in fact attracts over 93,000 students annually from overseas countries, making education our fifth biggest export earner.
As an overseas trained teacher, you will need to be extremely competent in both written and spoken English.
Skilled teachers and academics welcome
Teaching professionals in particular demand in 2015 and onwards are those listed on our Skills Shortages lists: university lecturers and post-doctoral fellows. If your job is on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, the work visa application process is likely to be faster. You may even be able to apply for a resident visa.
However, if your teaching role is not on a shortage list and you are offered a job, for example in one of our schools, you can also apply for a visa.
There are various types of visas that you may be eligible to apply for. Work visas are for a temporary stay in New Zealand, but some can lead to residence. Resident visas, such as the Skilled Migrant Category, allow you to stay indefinitely and enjoy more of our state-funded public services.
The Education Gazette is a great place to start looking for a job.
At the same time you should register with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council if you're a primary or secondary school teacher. As a part of your registration, you will need to have your qualifications assessed and meet the English language requirements.
For more information about teaching in New Zealand visit the Ministry of Education’s TeachNZ website.