Come to New Zealand! Come to New Zealand! Come to New Zealand! New Zealand is the best!! (Not that I'm biased or anything...)
You know, all those ozzies used to be convicts... :P
New Zealand is a cool country, nice atmosphere, tribes of wandering orcs and bands of hobbits blah blah blah. You could even stay in "Orc-Land" (Auckland geddit! HEe hee)
Some sites you might like to check out though...
There is a specific link for teachers form overseas
This will tell you about the assessment systems we have in place. Currently we are using NCEA (Natoinal Certificate of Educatoin Achievement) but the govt that just got elected had changing it as an electoin promise. But you know, it's a government so who knows. I'm still waiting for my 4 weeks paid vacation from last election!!
NZQA will also run a check on your own personal qualificatoins etc to see if you CAN teach straight away or have to do a course of some kind first. I know some people in my course from England had a little issue because (well they're older than the average people in class) their certificates/degrees were from last century! Hee hee.
This is where to find out jobs. In NZ EVERY teaching job has to be advertised. At the moment there a HEAPS because it is October and apparently this is when people decide if they want to come back next year or not. The next big rush will be Janurary as people decide not to come back form holiday. If the job says "regarded" it is already taken internally but still has to be advertised.
Post Primary Teachers Association. The union. This is where you find out how much money you will earn. It is all done on a step up system. Basically because you have been teaching you get extra kudos. I THINK (don't quote me) that it is one step for every two teaching years.
I'm sure you've looked at all the other "NZ is wonderful" sites, but thought you might like some specific teaching sites.
Teahcing in NZ is great because it is multicultural (we're MEANT to say Bi-cultural but I refuse - we have enough cultural emperialsim as it is) There is alot of Maori stuff that we do. But not so much as you get sick of it. We are meant to relate most things we teach back to NZ, but to me that is just common sense.
We use a decile system to "rate" schools. The higher the better, but again, you have to think about what kind of students will be in the decile 10 schools. I've been to four schools this year ranging from a decile 1a (basically a -2 decile school) to a decile 7. I LOVED the kids at the 1a, they are GORGEOUS and so LOVELY to teach. And despite what I had been told I didn't find that they had discipline probs etc. I've taught at a decile three and they were tougher. Currently I am in a decile 6 and will also be in one next year and think that decile 6 is correct for me. Not too poor and not too filthy rich.
Umm what else. NZ is great, friendly, small - everyone knows everyone and EVERYONE knows someone who knows someone who knows Peter Jackson. Our national religion is Rugby and we have a national day of mourning every time the All Blacks loose.
What kind of school/area do you want to teach/live in?
If you want more info, feel free to email me or post again.
Hope this has been helpful
Hope to see you in NZ soon! :-)