New Zealand to open its borders to 300 qualified teachers from September

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New Zealand’s Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, has announced a new class border exemption which will allow 300 qualified teachers from overseas to apply for teaching position in New Zealand. From September this year, the Ministry of Education will invite applications for teaching positions. Successful applicants will then be able to travel to New Zealand, together with their partners and dependent children.

Mr Hipkins explained that the government would be working closely with the education sector to enable schools with the greatest recruitment needs go to the top of the list. “While the overall outlook for domestic teacher supply remains positive, I know the ECE (Early Childhood Education) services and schools continue to find certain locations and subjects difficult to recruit for,” Mr Hipkins said. He added, “This will give principals and services additional support, especially for 2022 recruitment, and complement existing teacher supply initiatives.”

Eligible Schools

According to the Department of Education eligibility is limited to the following schools: –

  1. State or state integrated schools that are Decile 1 – 3.
  2. Considered hard to staff.
  3. In need of teachers in shortage areas (sciences, technology and maths) .
  4. Early Learning Services that are Decile 8-10.

These schools must also prove that they have been unable to recruit within New Zealand.

Light at the End of the Tunnel for Prospective Immigrants to New Zealand

This is good news, not only for teachers hoping to move to New Zealand but for every other prospective New Zealand immigrant. It’s a sure sign that New Zealand is beginning to relax its borders in order to relieve the skills shortage that exists in this beautiful country.

Bernard Collins is hosting a Free Webinar on Saturday 10th July at 10.00am SA time if you are interested in securing a job offer and emigrating to New Zealand you should attend: