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Hapori Matatū | Online Community

Hapori Matatū | Online Community

Hapori Matatū allows the teaching profession to access an online community where they can register, apply for or renew practising certificates, endorse applications, share information, create and join discussion groups and connect with their peers across the country.

This new tool will help teachers do their jobs more easily and effectively and create a safer teaching environment through improved registration, conduct and competence systems, and support more effective professional development.

How to access Hapori Matatū?

If you already have a practising certificate and need to renew it, and are associated with a school/kura/centre, ITE provider or approved setting, please log in using this URL:, or click 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.

If you don’t have an ESL account, please arrange one through your centre, or school ESL Delegated Authoriser, visit the Ministry of Education website or refer to our FAQs for further information. 

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

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 find your way around the new online system.
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 renew their practising certificate. 

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 application details submitted are based on satisfactory recent teaching.
  • Endorsement by the professional leader is based 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.

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.

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 and renewing practising certificates takes place under the new teacher registration policy.
  • 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 late 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
  • Professional leaders who are not registered can endorse teacher applications, however they need to use one of the Endorsement forms.  This process is not part of Hapori Matatū.

Other changes:

Key changes for professional leaders

Your endorsement:

  • 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.

Other changes:

  • Schools/kura/centres, ITE providers and other approved settings 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 at the time their application 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.
  • Track the status of your online applications, in real time.
  • 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
  • Find out about, and book into, upcoming workshops and professional learning opportunities.
  • Join online discussions with other teachers and professional leaders.
  • Create and join online groups.
  • Share resources, literature and research to support professional learning and development (through conversation or chat groups).

Professional leaders will be able to:

  • Complete key tasks online (e.g. endorsing teacher practising certificates 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.

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

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