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 76,416,530 200,637,175 16,160,922
2014 76,113,996 200,501,874 15,540,867
2015 78,948,784 201,819,053 16,661,501
2016 82,403,121 206,096,926 26,217,213
2017 84,055,658 212,798,784 17,166,793

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.