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Recent News

If you have a media inquiry please contact:

Fiona Mayo, Communications Manager by email: or phone: (+64) 04 282 1811.

24 July 2015

Requirements for proof of identity changed on 1 July because of the Vulnerable Children Act, and some teachers may not be familiar with what they need to do. Now principals are required to sight and verify the proof of identity of a teacher applying for a practising certificate or limited authority to teach.

Providing proof of identity helps prevent identity fraud. It’s also required by the NZ Police before we can submit your police vet.

20 July 2015

Members of the Education Council have now had several meetings together and the Council's direction is beginning to take shape. Read the summary of Council progress so far.

10 July 2015

Education Council Interim Chief Executive Julian Moore recently presented about the new Education Council at the NZSTA annual conference. If you would like to view Julian's presentation slides, you can find these here.

03 July 2015

New Zealand’s teaching profession is amongst the most highly trained, best qualified, and most experienced in the world, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. 

Read the Minister's full press release here.

02 July 2015

The Education Council is seeking new members for its two disciplinary bodies, the Disciplinary Tribunal and the Complaints Assessment Committee.

Read more and apply

01 July 2015

The Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, says today marks a new era for teachers as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Read the Minister's full media release

01 July 2015

Today is an exciting day for the teaching profession as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand opens its doors for business says Interim Chief Executive Julian Moore.

“I am very proud to be witnessing this event. I’ve worked with many dedicated people over the last few months  to see the Education Council come into being.  I hope they are just as proud.

28 May 2015

The Minister of Education has today announced the start date for the new professional body will be July 1.

Read the Minister's announcement here:

14 November 2014

The New Zealand Teachers Council has the responsibility to establish and maintain standards for qualifications that lead to teacher registration in New Zealand.

A number of groups have raised concerns with the Council around the academic entry criteria for candidates over the age of 20 without University Entrance applying to enter undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) programmes.  

The Council is now reviewing the current academic entry criteria for such candidates wishing to enter undergraduate ITE programmes.  

28 March 2014

The final surveys of second year Provisionally Registered Teachers and their Mentors are now open: please participate if eligible.

You are eligible if you first became registered as a PRT between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013. We want your mentor also to participate.

21 March 2014

The New Zealand Teachers Council has approved an amendment to the New Zealand Teachers Council (Conduct) Rules 2004. The amendment is outlined below.

The purpose of the rule amendment is to ensure that the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings are open to the public, while also ensuring protection for vulnerable witnesses such as children and young people.

10 July 2012

The New Zealand Council applauds and supports the call by Dr Toby Curtis of Nga Kura-a-Iwi o Aotearoa to give greater prominence to the implementation of Tātaiako in schools and early childhood education services. 

“Although Tātaiako is principally a Ministry of Education initiative originating from Dr Pita Sharples, the Council has taken the kaupapa on board and we’ve woven it into many of our professional development programmes,” said Dr Peter Lind, Director of the Teachers Council.