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Hapori Matatū | Online Community

Hapori Matatū | Online Community

Hapori Matatū allows the profession to access an online community, where they can register and get certificated, renew certification, endorse, share information, create and join discussion groups and connect with their peers across the country.

This new tool will improve teacher confidence in Council services and processes, create a safer teaching environment through improved registration, conduct and competence systems, and support more effective professional development.

Teachers are at the heart of everything we do; our new online services will help teachers to do their jobs more easily and effectively.

How do we access Hapori Matatū?

If you have a practising certificate and are associated with a school/kura/centre or ITE provider, and need to renew your practising certificate, please log in using this URL:, or the bright orange 'Log in' button located at the top right of this page. You will need to use your Education Sector Logon (ESL) to create an account and access Hapori Matatū.

Teachers can renew their practising certificate up to three months before the expiry date.

If you are a new New Zealand teacher or graduate, overseas trained teacher, a teacher not currently employed or associated with a school/kura/centre or ITE provider (for example, a reliever), or a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) holder, please use the applicable smart forms to apply for registration and/or certification.

Useful guides and tips

If you don’t have an ESL account, please arrange one through your learning centre, or school ESL Delegated Authoriser or visit the Ministry of Education website.

To make sure you have the best experience using Hapori Matatū, we recommend using Google Chrome as your browser.  

Have a question? Check out our FAQs.

Log in Guide This will help you log in for the first time.
User Guide This will help you learn your way around the new platform.
Endorser Guideline This will help professional leaders endorse practising certificate applications.

At what stage prior to the expiry date can a teacher reapply for a practising certificate?

The new policy Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach has revised the application period for teachers to reapply for their practising certificate prior to the expiry date. 

The application period is now three months; teachers can renew their practising certificate up to three months before the expiry date.  Applications submitted earlier than three months before expiry will not be processed.

Why three months?

Review and approval of a practising certificate application is based on the most recent teaching information submitted and the commitment agreed to by the teacher as part of the application process in Hapori Matatū.  This is then considered as part of the endorsement approval process. 

Key factors that require a three month application period:

  • The Teaching Council needs to ensure the police vet check is current.
  • The teacher application details submitted is based on satisfactory recent teaching.
  • Endorsement by the professional leader is centred on the teacher meeting or likely to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga; having completed satisfactory recent professional development; and made progress in te reo and tikanga Māori.
  • The move to Hapori Matatū, which is more streamlined, will allow for a quicker application process and therefore making the old six month period redundant.

Through Hapori Matatū and our new smart forms, teachers can renew their practising certificate up to three months before the expiry date.  Applications submitted earlier than three months will not be processed and the payment will be refunded.

New online digital practising certificates issued using Hapori Matatū?

We have moved to an online digital format, so you can now view, download or print your current or newly approved practising certificate. This can be accessed from any device under ‘My Details’ in your profile. You can select from the A4 certificate or wallet sized options.


Applications using the old paper-based form, already received at the Council, will continue to have plastic cards supplied as we phase out this option. Please note that we no longer accept old paper-based application forms.

What does online services mean? Aren’t we already online?

Although we had an online form (EC30) for full practising certificate renewals, this was only an online smart form. The new online service is linked to a database where your application and endorsement process will be fully automated. For example, when you fill in your form, your professional leader will receive an email saying it is ready for endorsement, then they will go online and endorse; all taking minutes as opposed to the longer processes that have been used.

How does online services help me?

Hapori Matatū:

  • is automated and has replaced paper-based processes;
  • introduces new communication and collaboration tools;
  • improves online customer support; and
  • allows the profession to connect with each other to form groups and online communities, and to discuss topics of interest.

What are the key changes for registered teachers who already have a practising certificate?

Applying for, or renewing a practising certificate:

  • The new registration policy is live now.
  • You can track your application progress in Hapori Matatū to see what stage it is at.
  • There is a new additional payment option – Poli, which uses internet banking, so you will no longer be able to pay by cheque but credit and debit card options are still available.
  • Payment is now made up front, when you apply for your practising certificate.  
  • The fee will be at the point of payment, if the practising certificate expiry date has passed. 


  • There is greater emphasis on endorsements from professional leaders for granting and renewing practising certificates. This is based on our high-trust model, allowing professional leaders to endorse a teacher as meeting or likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa

Teachers now apply for their own extension:

  • Teachers now apply for their own extension, with professional leaders approving; all online in Hapori Matatū. 

Other changes:

For Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) holders, New Zealand graduates/new teachers, teachers not employed or associated with a school/kura/centre or ITE provider, and overseas teachers

Applicants in all these categories will apply using our new smart forms. We are working towards moving these application processes online to Hapori Matatū and will update further when we are closer to this change.

Key changes for professional leaders


  • When applying for your practising certificate in Hapori Matatū, you will be prompted to download a form for your employer to complete. Once this is completed you will upload to Hapori Matatū.

New process for extensions:

  • New teachers (New Zealand graduates), teachers that are not employed or associated with a school/kura/centre or ITE provider, overseas trained teachers, and LAT applicants will continue to use the current process, with the professional leader completing and submitting the Online Extension Form on the Council’s website. This part of Hapori Matatū will be available in the near future.
  •  Professional leaders will apply for your own extension on Hapori Matatū, and your employer will need to approve via a form that is then uploaded online.

Other changes:

  • Schools/kura/centres and ITE providers will no longer be able to send in bulk payments on behalf of teachers, as teachers will now pay for their own individual practising certificate fee transaction online at the time it is submitted.

What else will registered teachers be able to do on Hapori Matatū?

Through Hapori Matatū, registered teachers will be able to do a range of things including:

  • Apply for and renew practising certificates online
  • Online tracking of applications
  • Apply for extensions
  • Upload supporting documentation
  • Join online discussions with other teachers and professional leaders
  • Create and join online groups
  • Track the progress of activities, applications and reports, in real time
  • Find out about, and book into, upcoming workshops and professional learning opportunities
  • Make payments (e.g. certification fees), online either uisng credit card or internet banking (via POLi)
  • Submit self-reporting and complaint forms
  • Manage and update profile information
  • Share resources, literature and research to support professional learning and development (through conversation or chat groups).

Professional leaders will additionally be able to:

  • Complete key tasks online (e.g. endorsing teacher practising certificates and extension requests; and submitting mandatory reports).
  • Meet reporting obligations.
  • Start/join groups and discussions with colleagues and collaborate with the education community.
  • Access endorsements and reporting on conduct and competence concerns in one place.

What’s an education sector logon (ESL) and how do I get one?

An ESL account is used in institutions for access to education sector applications such as ENROL, Te Waharoa Ararau and e-asTTle.  If you do not already have an ESL account you can arrange one through your learning centre, or school ESL Delegated Authoriser. 

Are you working in early childhood or tertiary education?

Although you have not previously required an ESL account for the Teaching Council, (unless you have already renewed a full practicing certificate using our EC30 Online form) you will now need to apply for an ESL account.  

Are there other ways to get an ESL?

If you are a registered teacher working in tertiary education, please fill in the ESL02 form on the Ministry of Education website.

If you are a registered teacher or a professional leader working in an early childhood education centre please fill in the ESL51 form on the Ministry of Education website.  If you are a Professional Leader please ensure you tick the Professional Leader box on the ESL51 form so the right access role is added to your ESL account.

For more information on Hapori Matatū, including how to apply for an ESL account, please refer to our FAQs.

New registration policy

The Teaching Council consulted with the profession to develop our new policy which has been simplified so applicants, teachers and professional leaders better understand what is required to get registered and apply for or renew a practising certificate or Limited Authority to Teach (LAT). 

As part of moving to the new registration policy, there are new practising certificate names:

Teacher Registration

Kaiako Whai Rēhitanga/Teacher Registration

Provisional Practising Certificate

Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate

Full Practising Certificate

Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) 

Subject to Confirmation Practising Certificate

Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two) 

Limited Authority to Teach

Tūranga Whakaako Whai-herenga | Limited Authority to Teach

Return to Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand

This new certificate has been developed for teachers who have not been teaching for the last five years but are wanting to return to teaching and are likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa).

If you would like more information, please see Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach policy or the our Policy Factsheet.