Te Kura

Information for applicants

At Te Kura we are committed to attracting the very best people to help us deliver top quality teaching and support services. All appointments are made on merit with preference given to the best person suited to the position.

How to apply

Recruitment Process

Further Information

How to apply

We use an e-recruitment tool that helps us manage our vacancy applications online and our recruitment process in general.

Before applying through the school's online recruitment system, you will need to create an account with us. By doing so, you enter your personal details, employment history, details of your referees, and upload your CV, cover letter and other types of documents. Through this, it makes it easier for you to find and apply for jobs, and it makes it easier for us to respond to you.

The account will help you manage your personal information and have full control of your application submission. You can also use your account to withdraw a job application.

To register, click 'Apply Now' under the job vacancy and you will be prompted to create an account.

Please note:

You will be asked to provide proof of identity at interview stage, so please ensure you have adequate proof of identity available. Adequate proof includes either evidence of a RealMe account, a driver’s license, passport and one other proof of identity document.

Recruitment process


Once the vacancy has closed, we will review all applications and shortlist candidates by matching the applicants' key competencies and person specifications against those required for the role. The shortlisting process can take up to one to two weeks. A phone screen may be conducted to obtain information such as your availability, special position requirements (e.g. ability to work part-time or flexibility with travel requirements), and other preliminary information.

If you are shortlisted, you will be phoned to be invited for an interview. If you haven't heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please contact the recruiting manager.

If you are not shortlisted, we will notify you by email as soon as possible after the shortlist has been established.


Interviews at Te Kura 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. The questions asked are reflective of the competencies and person specifications of the role you have applied for. A typical behavioural interview question generally starts with "Tell me about a time when you..." or "Describe a circumstance when you were faced with a problem related to..." You will also oftentimes receive follow-up questions that probe for more details and attempt to evaluate the consistency of your answers.

In addition to the behavioural interview, you may also be asked to make a brief presentation on a specific topic, impromptu or prepared. 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.

Equal employment opportunities

Te Kura is committed to promoting and supporting the principles of equal employment opportunity.

If you are invited to attend an interview, you are welcome to bring a whanau 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.

Psychometric assessment and other assessments

For some of our positions you may be required to complete a psychometric test before or after your scheduled interview. You will only be tested for aspects that are relevant to the competencies and person specifications of the role you have applied for. We may also need you to go through a personality questionnaire to give us a general picture of your preferences and interests. Alternatively, you may be asked to undertake work tests to assess your skills and abilities using technology.  These tests are usually done online and results of your assessment are confidential to you, the interview panel, and the test administrator.

During the early stage of the selection process, you may be asked for a variety of other information. For example, as a teacher, you may be asked to upload a video of a lesson you have taken, or a video clip of an interaction with a student, or provide a portfolio of your work.

Reference checks and other pre-employment checks

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, we will ask you to confirm if you are happy for us to contact your referees.

Police vetting - The Education Act 1989 requires all school employees to undergo a police vet regardless of whether they have contact with students or not.

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 requires Te Kura (and all government funded organisations) to carry out ‘safety checks’ for all paid employees and contractors who work with children.

All successful candidates must comply with these provisions by providing authenticated evidence of identity (either evidence of a RealMe account or driver’s license, passport, and one other proof 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.

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

Teacher registration - All teachers employed at Te Kura must have a current teacher registration.

Salary assessment for teachers

If you have not taught in a NZ state school in the last 2 years, you will need to have your salary assessed. Please go to the Novopay website for more information.


After the interviews are held and assessments completed, reference and pre-employment checks conducted, the successful candidate will be contacted and a verbal offer made. A letter of offer and employment pack is then sent.

Unsuccessful candidates will also be contacted either by phone call or email as soon as decision has been made.

Further information and useful links

If you require more information about the vacancy you have applied for or need assistance with the application process, please contact the recruiting manager named in the advert.

Alternatively, you can view all our teaching vacancies on the Education Gazette and other vacancies on Government Jobs Online and Seek.

Other useful links:

Visit our job vacancies page to view and apply for current vacancies.

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