Kaiwhakaako Māori
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for kaiwhakaako Māori varies depending on qualifications, experience and the type of school they teach at.

  • Kaiwhakaako Māori with a Bachelor's degree can earn $47,000 in their first year of teaching, while those with a post graduate diploma can earn $48,000.
  • After seven years of teaching they can earn $73,000.
  • Private and independent schools sometimes pay an extra $2,000 to $3,000 a year.

    Primary and secondary teachers may earn more if they take on a management role, such as head of department or syndicate leader.

    Source : Teach NZ, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Kaiwhakaako Māori may do some or all of the following :

  • plan, prepare and teach programmes for primary or secondary students
  • set and mark assignments and tests
  • assess students' work for internally assessed components of qualifications
  • record children's progress and write reports
  • help children develop social skills and behaviours
  • meet with parents, whānau or caregivers, individually or at parents' evenings
  • attend departmental and staff meetings
  • take part in or organise extracurricular activities such as sport, camps or drama
  • keep up to date with curriculum changes and assessment methods
  • maintain regular contact with local iwi, marae and community groups.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Kaiwhakaako Māori need to have :

  • knowledge of Māori language and culture
  • teaching skills, and knowledge of different teaching methods and learning styles
  • up-to-date knowledge of the curriculum
  • assessment and planning skills
  • classroom management skills, including an understanding of behaviour management
  • knowledge of how to access services that provide support and help to teachers.
  • Kaiwhakaako Māori :

  • usually work with children from about 8am until 3.30pm. They also work outside these hours doing administrative work, attending meetings and doing extracurricular activities such as coaching sports teams
  • work in classrooms and on marae, and occasionally outside in the playground or sports field
  • may accompany students on field trips, sports events and school camps.
  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements for kaiwhakaako Māori vary depending on the type and level of school.

    For primary teaching at kura kaupapa Māori (Māori medium schools)

    You need to be fluent in te reo Māori, and have one of the following :

  • a three-year Bachelor of Education (Teaching) or equivalent
  • a degree plus a one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching
  • a four-year conjoint degree that combines study in teaching subjects with teacher training.
  • For secondary teaching of te reo Māori at English medium schools

    You need one of the following :

  • a degree in Māori followed by a one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • a combined Māori degree and secondary teaching qualification.
  • For secondary teaching at Māori medium or bilingual schools

    You need to be fluent in te reo Māori, and have one of the following :

  • a specialist subject degree followed by a one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • a combined specialist subject degree and secondary teaching qualification.
  • Registration

    You need to be registered with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and have a current practising certificate, renewable every three years.

    The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with children.

    Targeted scholarships for kaiwhakaako Māori

    Scholarships are offered by the Government to encourage people to :

  • train as teachers of te reo Māori at secondary school level
  • train as Māori medium teachers.
  • Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter a teacher training programme.

    Personal requirements

    Kaiwhakaako Māori need to be :

  • skilled at communicating with students and adults from a range of backgrounds
  • organised and good at solving problems
  • friendly, supportive, and good at listening
  • positive, enthusiastic and able to motivate children
  • creative, adaptable and resourceful.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for kaiwhakaako Māori includes :

  • work with Māori
  • Māori language courses
  • marae work
  • work with young people
  • counselling
  • work with people with disabilities
  • Registration

    First-year Kaiwhakaako Māori must become provisionally registered with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and gain full registration after two years' satisfactory work as a teacher.

    On becoming fully registered, teachers are issued with a practising certificate, renewable every three years.

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