Applying to work at Te Kura

Te Kura welcomes applications from individuals who are just as passionate as we are to support ākonga on their learning journey. No matter what type of role you take on at Te Kura it all contributes to our shared vision of our ‘students achieving their educational and personal goals and enabling them to participate effectively as members of their communities’.

To view the current roles at Te Kura, please click here to take you to our website. Click ‘All Jobs’ to view all the current roles at Te Kura. You can also search by keywords, location and category by scrolling down to the search box on the homepage.

If you would like to apply for a role, you’ll firstly need to register. The area to register is available at the bottom right of every specific vacancy screen.  As part of the application process, you need to complete an application form and upload your CV and covering letter. 

To be considered for a position at Te Kura you would need to have the right to work or reside permanently in New Zealand. All teaching kaimahi at Te Kura require a current New Zealand Teaching Registration.

If you have any questions or are experiencing any issues with applying for a role at Te Kura, please contact our recruitment team at

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Overview of our recruitment process

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Advertising and selection

Our vacancies will be listed on our job board, with a position description and contact person listed. The closing date will be specified at the bottom of the advert. In some instances, for an urgent appointment the listing may close earlier if a suitable candidate is identified. If there is a chance the advert may close earlier, it will be stated in the advert.

The selection panel starts short-listing after the vacancy has closed. In some cases, short-listing may start earlier and if that is the case, it will be stated in the advert.

Candidates will be shortlisted by matching the applicants’ key competencies, qualifications, skills, experience, knowledge and other attributes against those required for the role. The shortlisting process can take up to one or two weeks.

You may receive a phone call to request information such as your availability, special position requirements (e.g. flexibility with travel requirements), and other preliminary information.

If you are shortlisted, you will receive a phone call inviting you for an interview. If you haven’t heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please contact our friendly recruitment team on

If you have not been shortlisted, you will receive either an email or call to let you know the outcome of your application.


Interviews at Te Kura are normally in person in one of regional offices and on some occasions, online. These are competency-based behavioural interviews. A behavioural interview is a type of interview that requires you to describe a particular situation in your work or personal life.

In addition, you may also be asked to make a brief presentation on a specific topic. Should you be required to present, you will be provided with sufficient notice prior to the interview.

In some instances, a second interview may be required. During this time, the candidate meets a group of staff members from the team. This is generally less formal than the first interview.

If you are invited to attend an interview, you are welcome to bring a whānau support person. The decision to bring a support person is entirely up to you. If you decide to bring a support person, please let us know prior to the interview.

Pre-Employment checks

Pre-employment checks at Te Kura are an important part of our recruitment process.

As part of your application, we will request you to provide the names and contact details of your referees. Under our obligations to the Privacy Act 1993, we will ask you to confirm if you are happy for us to contact your referees.

The Education and Training Act 2020 requires all school employees to undergo a police vet regardless of whether they have contact with students or not.

The Children’s Act 2014 requires Te Kura to carry out ‘safety checks’ for all employees and contractors who work with children.

All successful candidates must comply with these provisions by providing authenticated evidence of identity and a satisfactory police vet. If the police report discloses any convictions that in the school’s view impact on your ability to undertake the role, the appointment process may be stopped, or your employment ended.

Any offer is subject to the satisfactory completion of all requirements including evidence of eligibility to work in New Zealand. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand at the time their application was submitted.