Who can apply for a LAT?

Important info: Limited Authority to Teach  (LAT) authorisations issued before February 1, 2021 can be issued for up to three years. LATs issued from February 1, 2021 will be valid for one year only and a new fee structure applies.

Tūranga Whakaako Whai-herenga | Limited Authority to Teach is not a type of practising certificate and it is not for registered teachers nor for permanent employment. 

If you have a specialist skill or skills that are in short supply you may apply for a LAT and teach lawfully. 

Specialist skill 

  • A skill which requires a high level of expertise in a specific subject area that is not widely available among certificated teachers, for example, musical instrument, language or guidance counselling 

Skill that is in short supply 

  • Teaching positions which should be filled by a certificated teacher but for which there are currently no such teachers available because of supply issues in a geographic location. The need for these positions must be demonstrated by an employer and will be considered within a regional context. In these positions you are likely to be granted a LAT for one year. 

Depending on your situation and circumstances a LAT can be granted for one, two or three years (this ends in February 2021, when a LAT will be issued for one year only). LATs are not issued for a time period beyond the length of the fixed term employment agreement that you have with the employing kura, school or centre. 

Up to three-year LAT's will be issued for: 

  • Part time (up to 0.5) specialist teachers (such as a language specialist)
  • Itinerant teachers
  • Guidance counsellors (with teaching responsibilities)
  • Applicants participating in initial teacher education programmes (only until the qualification is complete). 

Up to two-year LAT's will be issued for: 

  • Māori medium settings
  • Alternative education centres / special character settings / in a school in support of secondary-tertiary partnerships
  • Isolated rural settings (using MOE criteria)
  • TeachFirst applicants who are in an employment-based trainee teacher position. 

Up to one-year LAT's will be issued for: 

  • Day to day relievers
  • Positions for which it is currently difficult to secure a certificated teacher. 

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Requirements for Tūranga Whakaako Whai-herenga | Limited Authority to Teach

In addition to the below requirements please also include in your application for the first issue of a Limited Authority to Teach: 

  • A full curriculum vitae that shows your experience in an industry or field relevant to the application. This must also detail any curricula or assessment knowledge, or skills 
  • A written reference from one of your employers, or a practitioner in your relevant industry or field attesting to your knowledge and skills
  • Proof of Identity form 

For the subsequent reissues of the LAT please provide a statement from the profession leader of the school/kura attesting that your skills/knowledge remain current for the learners you are working with.



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You have a specialist skill  

A certified copy of a New Zealand qualification that is at least or equivalent to Level 6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), and which is relevant to your professional skill 

Specialist skills and experience are those that advance the learning of a learner or group of learners 

You have a skill in short supply 

A certified copy of your New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) that shows your qualification is comparable to a New Zealand qualification; and  

A full curriculum vitae that shows your experience in an industry or field relevant to the application. This must also detail any curricula or assessment knowledge, or skills; and  

A written reference from one of your employers, or a practitioner in your relevant industry or field, attesting to your knowledge and skills. 

In addition to the above, for LAT applications for skills in short supply, you also need to provide a letter from a professional leader of one or more schools in the geographic area you wish to teach, attesting to the skill shortage in the local teaching supply. 

Your qualifications and experience should show your high level of expertise in your professional area. This should include at least five years’ experience or employment, an understanding of the official curricula in the area you want to teach and in which you have expertise, and appropriate assessment tools and strategies for the sector you want to be employed in. 


If you do not hold formal credentials, you may be considered on your experience. 

You commit to the expectations in the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika 

A declaration that you are committed to the values and expectations in the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika; and  

A declaration about any matters for which you are under investigation, that might impact your teaching or ability to meet the requirements of the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika 


You have a satisfactory New Zealand Police vet 

Your consent for the Council to apply to New Zealand Police for your police vet; and  

Confirmation of the types of verified identity documents that you provided to your identity referee. 


Where applicable, you have satisfactory overseas police vets 

Police vets that you have obtained from the national police service of the issuing country, for any country you have lived in for 12 months or more, in the 10 years before you made your application to the Council; or  

A statutory declaration for any police vet you are unable to obtain. 

 Visit the Overseas police clearance page.

You are physically and mentally able to carry out a teaching role safely and satisfactorily 

A declaration that you do not have a condition that would affect your ability to teach safely and satisfactorily. 

If required:  

Any additional evidence, such as a medical certificate, to support your ability to teach. 


You are competent in English and/or te reo Māori 

One of the evidence types listed in the Council’s language competency policy. 

 Visit the Language competency requirements page.

You are committed to develop your capability in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori (Māori language and protocols) 

A declaration that you are committed to develop and practise te reo me ngā tikanga Māori throughout your teaching career. 


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How to apply

If you want to apply for a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT), please use this smart form to apply. 

The form is designed to be filled in on screen; please complete all the sections of the form then print, hand sign and date the relevant pages, and get the necessary endorsements from identity referees and professional leaders. Send the form with any required supporting documents to the Council using the contact details on the form. Remember to include the application processing fee. The fee is non-refundable so please make sure you're eligible before you apply. 

An application should be made well before it is needed and extra time allowed to arrange the endorsement. 

If your application is approved your name will appear on a public online list of all individuals who hold a Limited Authority to Teach.


$56.22 including GST of 15% - for a LAT up to one year.

$112.44 including GST of 15% - for a LAT up to two years.

$168.66 including GST of 15% - for a LAT up to three years.

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