Te Poipoi Kaiako | Mentor support programme

Supporting mentors, provisional teachers and overseas trained teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Tātai Aho Rau Core Education provides professional development support for:

  • provisional teachers (PTs) in English medium and Pia in Māori medium settings
  • overseas trained teachers (OTTs) with provisional certification
  • mentor teachers and Pou Tautoko.

This is a Ministry of Education fully funded service to kura, schools and early learning services. It has been refocused to better meet the needs of mentors, provisional teachers, and overseas trained teachers through improved and nationally consistent PLD guidance.

Enquire about the programme

Explore the programme outline

Participants will have access to the appropriate supports to assist with gaining full certification and making a successful start to their teaching career in Aotearoa New Zealand. To learn more, explore the programme outline below.

There is no need to enrol to participate, please simply register your interest by filling in the form at the bottom of this page to stay up to date with what is on offer.

Upcoming workshops 

Who are these workshops for? 
Mō wai ēnei awheawhe?

Tātai Aho Rau Core Education provides this professional development support for those with Tōmua (Provisional Practising Certification) and Tūturu (Full Practising Certification):

  • Provisional teachers (PTs) in English medium and Pia in Māori medium settings (Tōmua)
  • Overseas trained teachers (OTTs) with Tōmua | provisional certification
  • Mentor teachers and Pou Tautoko (Tūturu)
About the workshops 
Mō ngā awheawhe

There are 12 face to face workshops across the motu. 

There are no costs for kaiako and teachers to attend the workshops.

Refreshments, morning tea and lunch will be provided. However, travel and release costs are not funded.

Workshops run from 9am–3pm; refreshments are available from 8.45am.

The workshops are facilitated in English and te reo Māori and will be adaptive and responsive to the needs of attendees.

Workshop agenda 
Rārangi take awheawhe

In the morning we will:

  • begin with whakawhanaungatanga
  • explore ‘Our Code, Our Standards’
  • delve into the process to move to Tūturu | Full Certification
  • learn about supporting our own and others' wellbeing.

After lunch we will collaborate in breakouts in response to what the group would like to focus on, for example:

  • effective mentoring practices
  • effective professional practice
  • time management strategies
  • getting the most from release time.
Dates, venues and locations
Ngā rā me ngā wāhi

Balclutha – 21 May - Register

Kirikiriroa | Hamilton – 28 May - Register

Whangārei – 30 May - Register

Rotorua – 5 June - Register

Ahuriri | Napier – 6 June - Register

Whakatū | Nelson – 11 June - Register

Tāmaki Herenga Waka | Auckland south and southwest – 11 June - Register

Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington – 13 June - Register

Tāmaki Herenga Manawa | Auckland central and east – 13 June - Register

Te Papaioea | Palmerston North – 18 June - Register

Tāmaki Herenga Tāngata | Auckland north and northwest – 20 June - Register

Ōtautahi | Christchurch – 20 June - Register

Can’t make it this time? We’ll publish all facilitation materials so that you can use them in your own setting. We will also host 12 more workshops later in the year in different locations across the motu.

He pātai?

Get in touch with us at mentor.support@core-ed.org

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar #2: Te mahi Pou Tautoko | Being a mentor

Wednesday 26 June, 3:30 - 4:15 pm


Wednesday 26 June, 7 - 7:45 pm 


Tuesday 2 July 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Nau mai ki tēnei whakaaturanga Te Poipoi Kaiako

Join our panel for an insightful webinar with a group of mentor teachers and Pou Tautoko from across the sectors, who will share their experiences of establishing induction programmes for provisional teachers and Pia. 

Mā wai tēnei whakaaturanga? | Who is this webinar for? 

This webinar is for Pou Tautoko and mentor teachers.

Ka mau te whakaaturanga nei? | Is the webinar recorded? 

This webinar will not be recorded. Hopefully, one of the times available will work for you.

Sign up to the webinar

Introductory webinar

Webinars will be held each term, tailored for mentor teachers and Pou Tautoko. To learn more about the programme as a mentor or Pou Tautoko, you can watch the recording of our introduction to Te Poipoi Kaiako | Mentor support programme at the button below.

Watch the recording here

Express your interest

There is no need to enrol to participate in Te Poipoi Kaiako. Please simply fill in the form to receive updates on what is on offer: 

'Ingoa tuatahi | First name' is required
'Ingoa whānau | Last name' is required

Contact us

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact us at mentor.support@core-ed.ac.nz

1:1 support for Pou Tautoko and mentor teachers

Pou Tautoko and mentor teachers participating in Te Poipoi Kaiako | Mentor support programme are welcome to contact us at mentor.support@core-ed.ac.nz with requests for light touch, 1:1 remote support from a facilitator. 

Please note we can only provide support for Pou Tautoko or mentor teachers. If a provisional teacher, Pia, overseas trained teacher, or people in any other roles have a support request (other than a question about the programme itself) they should liaise with their Pou Tautoko, mentor teacher, setting management or an appropriate agency. 

Other sources of support:

Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Ministry of Education’s local offices 

Concerns? Complaints?

If you have a serious concern or complaint about the programme, a participant or a facilitator please contact Clive Francis, Project Manager.