Finances

New Zealand schools are funded primarily by the government. The three main components of government funding are school operations, teacher salaries, and property funding. In addition schools receive various forms of ‘in-kind’ resourcing from the government, including software licensing, laptops for principals, other ICT support and professional development.

State and state-integrated schools get funding from all three sources, while private schools only receive School Operations funding.

Identical information is available by school through the Find a School pages.

Government funds (2013-2017)
Year School operations ($) Teacher salaries ($) Property funding ($)
2013 12,224,140 27,776,742 2,248,170
2014 11,927,538 27,500,754 2,450,689
2015 12,067,194 27,169,023 5,492,045
2016 12,028,462 26,887,297 4,334,162
2017 11,910,519 27,525,698 2,987,546

Notes

  1. School Operations – This is the total grant and has had any manual adjustments removed for fees and levies, such as International Student, Foreign Fee Paying and the Risk Management Scheme.
  2. Teacher Salaries – Teacher salaries are paid directly from a centralised payroll system. The amount shown is the amount paid from the Teachers Entitlement.
  3. Property Funding – This covers the Five Year Agreement (5YA) funding programme. This funding is allocated to boards for modernising and upgrading school buildings. Schools can choose which projects to progress using the funding, but should prioritise those projects required to maintain health and safety standards, upgrade essential infrastructure and create modern learning environments.