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Building on the success of 2018, APPA have committed to providing school leaders an opportunity to come together once more to continue building relationships and share in new learning.  Supported by highly relevant content, the intimate nature of the conference delivers valuable time with colleagues to provide a rich environment for personal and professional growth.

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Hilton Lake Taupo

80 – 100 Napier Road, Taupo

15 – 16 August 2019

The Education Minister has just made an announcement on more funding for teacher supply.

The Government is investing in new pathways for teachers to study – to bolster our education workforce and ensure the country has the teachers it needs for the future.

The Government’s new package will provide for more employment-based education, as well as partnering with iwi to design and pilot new regional scholarships.

The teacher supply Budget package boosts efforts to ‘grow our own’ teachers, by offering flexible options for Kiwis to study, on top of existing initiatives that support qualified teachers to  re-enter the profession or return from overseas.

Students in low decile schools will benefit from an expansion of the Teach First NZ programme, which enables top graduates to teach while studying, and a new employment-based initiative from 2021.

In addition to initiatives to increase short-to-medium term teacher supply, the Government is also looking well ahead to what will be needed in our education workforce of the future – through the development of an Education Workforce Strategy, which you have been a part of.

The vision for this strategy, which you have helped to develop, is also being shared today and can be found at the link below. This overarching Education Workforce Strategy will be complemented by a workforce strategy for Māori Medium education.


Other measures in the 2019 Budget package include:

  • Funding support for teacher education providers to meet new and strengthened Teaching Council requirements.  These include increasing the length of student placements in schools, and are expected to lead to better preparation of graduating teachers.
  • Another 400 National Beginning Teacher Grants of $10,000 over the next four years for schools to cover mentoring or other costs when employing teaching graduates.
  • Another 400 placements in the Voluntary Bonding Scheme expansion, which encourages new teaching graduates to work in areas and subjects of high need, such as in Auckland low decile schools, or to teach te reo Māori, maths or science.
  • Increased investment in the TeachNZ Scholarship programme.
  • Funding to continue to attract overseas teachers to meet immediate needs.

We will also continue with the following previously funded initiatives of:

  • Auckland Beginner Teacher Grant (ABT) until 2020.
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Responsibility National Fund (3RNF) until 2020.
  • Teacher Education Refresh (TER) until 2022.

To read the media release statement, click here:
Teacher Supply Media Statement 2019-0502.

To find out more about any of the teacher supply initiatives above please go to

or you can contact:
Phone: 0800 165 225

Upcoming APPA Events

Welcome to the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association – the APPA. We have been the collective voice for primary and intermediate school principals in the greater Auckland region – from Franklin to Hibiscus Coast – for nearly 100 years.

The APPA is a strong and viable professional organisation that has a history of service, advocacy and representation of principals’ interests in addressing the needs of primary and intermediate school education in New Zealand. In particular, being the largest local principals’ association in New Zealand, we are a strong lobby and support group that has influence at both the local and national levels.

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2019 APPA/ARA Lodge Music Competition for Strings & Piano Young Musicians

Introduction. Between 1998 and 2015 there was a Knights Templar – APPA Music Competition for children in years 5 – 8 that gave young people performance experience before an audience and with prizes that helped defray the cost of musical tuition to families. This particular competition ended in October 2015.

Current Situation. The Irish Lodge [ARA] has willingly offered to continue to support a music competition for the young people. Representatives from the Lodge have worked with members of the APPA Executive to work out the best way this competition would work. The APPA Executive are most enthusiastic about the competition that, not only provides a financial support towards tuition fees and replacement instruments, but also gives these young people public performance experience, feedback on their musicianship and provides a talent pool of soloists for APPA events.

This competition will, once again, be the most prestigious music competition for primary-intermediate aged children in Australasia.

Young people who are eligible are:

  • Living somewhere in the APPA region between Pukekohe and Wellsford.
  • In year 5-8 classes.  Years 9 and over are not eligible.
  • Have NZ citizenship or have Permanent Residency. Proof required.
  • Have Grade 5 or higher in music exams. A copy of the certificate is essential.

If there are a large number of applicants there will be a Preliminary Competition on Sunday, 8th September. The finals will be on Sunday, 22nd September, from about 12.00 or 1.00 through to about 4.00 pm at the ARA Lodge at 87 Airedale St in the CBD.

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