At Ako Mātātupu, we are working to end educational inequality in Aotearoa, and we support amazing people to lead systemic change through our award-winning two-year Graduate Programme. Are you ready to create change?

About Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ

Potential is distributed equally across socioeconomic lines; but in today's Aotearoa New Zealand, opportunity is not. Currently, New Zealand has one of the highest levels of educational inequality in the developed world, ranking 33rd/ 38 countries in the OECD. Our system is 4X more likely to fail students from low-income backgrounds. We are working to change this.

Ako Mātātupu is an innovative national not-for-profit organisation, and we are looking for promising leaders to tackle inequality.



The Teach First NZ Programme

This Graduate Programme provides an opportunity for you to join a national movement for systemic change, to make a meaningful impact, and to develop as a leader.

Our Teaching and Education Leadership Programme has been identified as offering one of the top Graduate Development experiences in New Zealand. Delivered in partnership with The Mind Lab and with support from leading New Zealand organisations, we support participants to develop their abilities as communicators, influencers and changemakers, in a way that no other programme can.

Upon graduating from the Teach First NZ Programme, you will be awarded with a fully scholarshipped Masters in Teaching and Education Leadership from The Mind Lab.

Acceptance into the Teach First NZ Programme means that you can:

  • Be a part of a national movement towards change

  • Make a real difference in the community and in the lives of our rangatahi

  • Develop your leadership skills and potential

  • Gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification as a Master of Teaching and Education Leadership

  • Access an international network of participants, alumni, education leaders and businesses
Be paid a full salary as you learn

  • Receive a competitive salary, as well as 10 weeks of annual holiday, and

  • Receive a fully funded Masters in Teaching and Education Leadership

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Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ



High School

Research careers and companies

First year of tertiary study

Attend careers and employer events

Second to last year of tertiary study

Apply for internships and research graduate jobs

Last year of tertiary study

Apply for graduate jobs and programmes or consider post-graduate study

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