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Ako Mātātupu: Teach First New Zealand's programme


How does it work?


Recruiting outstanding individuals

We recruit outstanding individuals with academic expertise as well as a range of skills and experiences. Our participants and alumni all have one thing in common - the drive to lead change.

The Summer Intensive

Once accepted, your Ako Mātātupu journey begins in November with a 9 week Summer Intensive training. This is a live-in learning experience, with a focus on developing the skills and knowledge to prepare you for working in the classroom from the beginning of the upcoming school year.
The Intensive balances learning and development with plenty of social activities and fun. Over the Intensive, you will form strong and lasting friendships with your cohort members who are a main network of support and learning for you throughout the 2-year programme. Over the Intensive, your accommodation, food and travel costs are covered by Ako Mātātupu to allow you to focus on getting the most out of the 9-week programme.

Ako Mātātupu's programme is a fantastic way to be supporting on your path towards educating New Zealand's future

"This program allows me to work with amazing young people every day, and support them to make good decisions on their own terms."
Nick Parkin, Cohort 2018 Programme Participant, Teaching English at Onehunga High School

Inspirational leaders

After two intense, challenging and unbelievably rewarding years, you’ll have completed the Teach First NZ Programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
Equipped with an impressive array of skills and experiences you have gained through the program, it is now up to you to choose whether you choose to stay in the classroom, or move into other sectors where you can continue to make social change.

The bigger impact

Inequality is complex. It takes a constellation of people - each with their own unique positioning, experiences, insights, and motivations - to achieve equity in our schools and in our society. After you've completed the program, we support you to make an impact in whatever way is right for you. Whether it's stepping up to a new leadership role within school, working in government, through the charity or business sector, or starting your own social enterprise, our alumni movement is designed to help you to achieve positions of influence across a variety of sectors in order to help orient you towards making lasting contributions to an equal Aotearoa New Zealand.