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.

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

Government funds (2014-2018)
Year School operations ($) Teacher salaries ($) Property funding ($)
2014 15,144,880 39,348,910 3,294,764
2015 15,452,359 39,238,616 4,935,034
2016 15,915,826 40,328,240 4,467,403
2017 15,714,619 42,178,612 3,757,414
2018 15,856,640 43,443,836 5,053,019

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.