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New Zealand Teachers Council

Te Pouherenga Kaiako O Aotearoa


Education Act 1989

Part X

Part XA

Part 26

Schedule 7

Education Standards Act 2001

139AA to 139AZD

Schedule 7

Part 20

The New Zealand Teachers Council was established by the Education Standards Act 2001.


1. To provide professional leadership in teaching;

2. To enhance the professional status of teachers; and

3. To contribute to a high quality teaching and learning environment for children and other learners.

Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi informs and supports the development and interpretation of policies, procedures, planning and operations of the New Zealand Teachers Council/Te Pouherenga Kaiako o Aotearoa.

The New Zealand Teachers Council is committed to addressing the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and will do so by:

1. Partnership

The Council and staff will consult with Māori on teaching and learning issues.

The Council and staff will actively work to promote positive relationships with Māori teachers, Māori teaching organisations, iwi and Māori parents.

2. Protection

The Council and staff will work with Māori to ensure the protection and enhancement of elements identified by Māori as taonga including te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

3. Participation

The Council will establish a Māori Advisory Group to promote the successful participation of learners in Māori educational contexts.

The Council will promote and use its Māori name Te Pouherenga Kaiako o Aotearoa as a symbol and focus for the participation of all teachers.

The Council will promote research and models of best practice in addressing Māori achievement in all areas covered by the strategic goals.


Strategic Goals 2007–2010

  • Strengthen the quality of teacher education graduates
  • Strengthen the induction of provisionally registered teachers
  • Review and strengthen teaching standards for entry to the profession and on-going registration
  • Promote effective leadership for learning
  • Support provision of quality teaching in Māori medium settings
  • Support early childhood education teachers in the implementation of the government’s strategic plan 2005–2012: Pathways to the Future: Ngā Huarahi Arataki
  • Build recognition of and respect for the teaching profession through a focused communications strategy
  • Provide targeted professional development to support the Council’s strategic goals
  • Continue to build on the operational strengths of the Council.

Strategic Focus

The major focus of the Council’s professional leadership will be:

  • the revision of guidelines and processes for the implementation of the recently introduced standards for graduating teachers;
  • the implementation of quality induction programmes for all provisionally registered teachers;
  • the review and implementation of revised standards for granting full registration for provisionally registered teachers and the renewal of practising certificates.

There are three key stages in a teacher’s pathway leading from student teacher status to full registration as a teacher (see Figure 1). Selection into an approved initial teacher education (ITE) programme is the first entry point. The Council has signalled that it will be reviewing and revising the processes and guidelines by which ITE programmes will be approved or reapproved.

The second stage is reached when a student graduates from an approved ITE programme and is granted provisional registration. The provisionally registered teacher is required to undertake a period of induction. The Council is currently researching current practice and identifying exemplars of best practice in early childhood education, school and Māori immersion education settings. The Council will determine processes by which induction programmes and the training of mentors will occur. This work will align closely with the coach/mentor role proposed by NZEI Te Riu Roa and the role of the specialist classroom teacher in secondary schools.

The third stage is the endorsement of a provisionally registered teacher’s movement to full registration. The standards and process by which this endorsement is granted are currently under review.


Figure 1: Three Year Plan


The New Zealand Teachers Council was established in February 2002 and is centrally located in Wellington.

The Council has 40 FTE staff and is responsible for policy, standards setting, regulatory and core service delivery functions relating to registration, approval of teacher education programmes and police vetting (teacher and non teacher).

The Council is structured in divisions for service delivery:

  • Corporate Services
    • Information Technology Support
    • Finance
    • Legislative compliance
    • Risk
    • Security
    • Operational Policy
    • Human resources
    • Non Teacher Police Vetting
  • Teacher Education
  • Policy and Strategic Development
  • Registration
  • Compliance.

These divisions are responsible to an elected and Ministerially appointed Council, through the Director.


All division managers report directly to the Director. Monthly Council Meetings govern the approvals processes for major work underway, policy ratification and new initiatives the Council may take.

The Council completes monitoring and reporting progress through its:

  • Director’s Performance Agreement
  • Statement of Intent
  • Purchase Agreement
  • Statement of Service Performance
  • Quarterly Reports
  • Individual Performance Plans
  • Annual Report
  • Monthly Financial Statements.


Organisational structure of the New Zealand Teacher's Council (13KB)


1. Registration applications and approvals. This information is also available in summarised form on the Council’s website. This shows teachers who are registered in the following categories:

  • Provisional
  • Subject to Confirmation
  • Full.

2. Teachers who hold current practising certificates.

3. Teachers who no longer hold a current registration or practising certificate.

4. Non teachers who hold Limited Authorities to Teach.

5. Compliance and disciplinary records.

6. Register of approved teacher education institutions.

7. Guidelines for the approval of teacher education programmes.

8. Advice and guidance programmes for those wanting to gain provisional registration.

9. Complaints procedures.



The Council is to:

  • establish standards for teacher education programmes for the purposes of teacher registration
  • establish standards for induction programmes for provisionally registered teachers
  • establish standards for Early Childhood Education induction programmes for provisionally registered teachers
  • develop guidelines for satisfactory teacher professional development
  • review professional standards for teaching.


Christine Murcott: Corporate Services Manager, (04) 470 9072
New Zealand Teachers Council
Levels 6, 7 and 9
Genesis House
93 The Terrace
Box 5326, Wellington

Fax: (04) 471 0870