Isolation Allowance

You’ll be paid an Isolation Allowance if your employment as a primary or area school teacher means you have to live permanently in an area the Ministry has defined as ‘isolated’.

About the allowance

A number of allowances are paid to teachers and principals employed in schools that the Ministry has identified as needing additional support for recruitment or retention (sometimes called ‘hard to staff’ schools).

Primary and area school principals and teachers are entitled to an Isolation Allowance if you: 

  • live in a place with a population of less than 300, and
  • are more than a certain distance from a population centre of more than 1,500 people.

The isolation allowance is set out in the collective agreements as follows:

Primary principals

Clause 6.3 – Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement

Rates are in Appendix 1

Area school principals

Clause 3.23 - Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Primary teachers

Clause 3.15 – Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

Rates are in Appendix 1

If you think you’re eligible, complete the following form and email it to: resourcing@education.govt.nz

Staffing Incentive Allowance Application: Location – All Schools [DOC, 92 KB]

Area school teachers

Clause 3.23 – Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement

If you think you’re eligible complete the following form and email it to: resourcing@education.govt.nz

 Staffing Incentive Allowance Application: Location – All Schools [DOC, 92 KB]

 

About eligible schools

There are 6 categories for the Isolation Allowance and the amount paid is different for each. The categories are based on distance from a population centre with more than 1,500 people.

  • Category 1: 60-100 kilometres
  • Category 2: 101-150 kilometres
  • Category 3: 151-200 kilometres
  • Category 4: 200 kilometres and over
  • Category 5: Offshore islands
  • Category 6: Schools listed in Appendix 1 of the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement

The eligible schools may be changed by the Ministry as needs change. This won’t happen more than once a year and only after consultation with employee representatives.

Eligible schools – Primary principals

Isolation category 1: 60-100 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1
10
11
147
290
299
300
306
308
309
311
350
363
370
496
559
1035
1046
1066
1085
1114
1706
1707
1748
1778
1922
1971
2191
2200
2267
2375
2407
2413
2429
2585
2587
2600
2611
2616
2657
2658
2706
2722
2962
3064
3199
3219
3359
3406
3452
3490
3566
3764
3767
3802
3824
3837
3838
3933
3938
3953
3984
4030
4218
Te Kao School
Te Kura Taumata o Panguru
Opononi Area School
Te Whanau-A-Apanui Area School
Collingwood Area School
Murchison Area School
Karamea Area School
South Westland Area School
Amuri Area School
Cheviot Area School
Hurunui College
Akaroa Area School
Waitaki Valley School
Maniototo Area School
Reefton Area School
Whanganui Awa School
Kohukohu School
Matihetihe School
Oruaiti School
Pouto School
Tinopai School
Colville School
Coroglen School
TKKM o Huiarau
Kinohaku School
Raukokore School
Te Kura o Tahaaroa
Marco School
Mokau School
Whareorino School
Kakatahi School
Ngamatapouri School
Orautoha School
Raetihi Primary School
Kereru School
Kotemaori School
TKKM o Mangatuna
Matawai School
Motu School
Putere School
Putorino School
Hatea-A-Rangi
Waipaoa Station School
Pongaroa School
Waitaria Bay School
Lake Rotoiti School
Sacred Heart School (Reefton)
Greta Valley School
Lake Tekapo School
Okains Bay School
Rotherham School
Waiau School
Macraes Moonlight School
Makarora Primary School
Poolburn School
St John's School (Ranfurly)
Strath Taieri School
Tahakopa School
Blackmount School
Hauroko Valley Primary School
Garston School
Mararoa School
Tokanui School
TKKMo Tokomaru

Isolation category 2: 101-150 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
206
527
1109
1673
2084
2578
2594
2609
2649
2659
2699
2703
2724
3119
3204
3343
3368
3592
3789
Ngata Memorial College
Twizel Area School
Te Hapua School
TKKM o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou
Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa
Hiruharama School
Makarika School
Mata School
Potaka School
TKKM o Tapere-Nui-A-Whatonga
Te Puia Springs School
Tikitiki School
TKKM o Waipiro
TKKM o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti
Maruia School
Franz Josef Glacier School
Hanmer Springs School
Whataroa School
Omarama School

Isolation category 3: 151-200 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
550
3342
3363
3386
3442
Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School
Fox Glacier School
Haast School
Jacobs River School
Aoraki Mount Cook School

Isolation category 4: 200 kilometres and over

No eligible schools.

Isolation category 5: Offshore islands

Chatham Island schools are excluded as they have specific provisions in place.

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1177
1385
1398
1593
1811
3961
6922
Te Huruhi School
Mulberry Grove School
Okiwi School
Kaitoke School (Claris)
Te Kura O Moutere O Matakana
Halfmoon Bay School
Waiheke Primary School

Isolation category 6: PTCA, Appendix 1

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1001
1016
1081
1675
1688
1736
1771
1896
1998
2052
2185
2215
2420
2625
2664
3747
3955
Aranga
Horeke
Peria School
Ruakituri School
Arohena School
Hauturu School
Kawhia School
Piri Piri School
Te Akau School
Waikaretu
Makahu
Ongarue
Papanui Junction School
Ohuka
Rere
Hawea Flat
Glenorchy School

Eligible schools – Primary teachers

Isolation category 1: 60-100 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1
10
11
290
299
300
306
308
309
311
350
363
370
496
559
1035
1046
1066
1085
1114
1706
1707
1748
1778
1971
2191
2200
2267
2375
2407
2413
2429
2585
2587
2600
2611
2616
2657
2658
2706
2962
3064
3199
3219
3359
3406
3452
3490
3566
3764
3767
3789
3802
3824
3837
3838
3938
3953
3984
4030
4218
Te Kao School
Te Kura Taumata o Panguru
Opononi Area School
Collingwood Area School
Murchison Area School
Karamea Area School
South Westland Area School
Amuri Area School
Cheviot Area School
Hurunui College
Akaroa Area School
Waitaki Valley School
Maniototo Area School
Reefton Area School
Whanganui Awa School
Kohukohu School
Matihetihe School
Oruaiti School
Pouto School
Tinopai School
Colville School
Coroglen School
TKKM o Huiarau
Kinohaku School
Te Kura o Tahaaroa
Marco School
Mokau School
Whareorino School
Kakatahi School
Ngamatapouri School
Orautoha School
Raetihi Primary School
Kereru School
Kotemaori School
TKKM o Mangatuna
Matawai School
Motu School
Putere School
Putorino School
Hatea-A-Rangi
Pongaroa School
Waitaria Bay School
Lake Rotoiti School
Sacred Heart School (Reefton)
Greta Valley School
Lake Tekapo School
Okains Bay School
Rotherham School
Waiau School
Macraes Moonlight School
Makarora Primary School
Omarama School
Poolburn School
St John's School (Ranfurly)
Strath Taieri School
Tahakopa School
Hauroko Valley Primary School
Garston School
Mararoa School
Tokanui School
TKKM o Tokomaru

Isolation category 2: 101-150 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
206
527
1109
1673
2084
2578
2594
2609
2649
2659
2703
3119
3204
3343
3368
Ngata Memorial College
Twizel Area School
Te Hapua School
TKKM o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou
Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa
Hiruharama School
Makarika School
Mata School
Potaka School
TKKM o Tapere-Nui-A-Whatonga
Tikitiki School
TKKM o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti
Maruia School
Franz Josef Glacier School
Hanmer Springs School

Isolation category 3: 151-200 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
550
3342
3363
3442
Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School
Fox Glacier School
Haast School
Aoraki Mount Cook School

Isolation category 4: 200 kilometres and over

No eligible schools.

Isolation category 5: Offshore islands

Chatham Island schools are excluded as they have specific provisions in place.

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1177
1385
1398
1593
1811
3961
6922
Te Huruhi School
Mulberry Grove School
Okiwi School
Kaitoke School (Claris)
Te Kura O Moutere O Matakana
Halfmoon Bay School
Waiheke Primary School

Isolation category 6: PTCA, Appendix 1

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME

1001
1016
1081
1675
1688
1736
1771
1896
1917
1998
2052
2185
2215
2420
2625
2664
3747
3798
3955

Aranga
Horeke
Peria
Ruakituri
Arohena
Hauturu
Kawhia
Piri Piri
Te Akau
Tahaaroa
Waikaretu
Makahu
Ongarue
Papanui Junction
Ohuka
Rere
Hawea Flat
Omarama
Glenorchy

Eligible schools – Area school principals and area school teachers

Isolation category 1: 60-100 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1
10
11
147
290
299
300
306
308
309
311
350
363
370
496
559
1035
1046
1066
1085
1114
1706
1707
1748
1778
1922
1971
2191
2200
2267
2375
2407
2413
2429
2585
2587
2600
2611
2616
2657
2658
2706
2722
2962
3064
3199
3219
3359
3406
3452
3490
3566
3764
3767
3802
3824
3837
3838
3933
3938
3953
3984
4030
4218
Te Kao School
Te Kura Taumata o Panguru
Opononi Area School
Te Whanau-A-Apanui Area School
Collingwood Area School
Murchison Area School
Karamea Area School
South Westland Area School
Amuri Area School
Cheviot Area School
Hurunui College
Akaroa Area School
Waitaki Valley School
Maniototo Area School
Reefton Area School
Whanganui Awa School
Kohukohu School
Matihetihe School
Oruaiti School
Pouto School
Tinopai School
Colville School
Coroglen School
TKKM o Huiarau
Kinohaku School
Raukokore School
Te Kura o Tahaaroa
Marco School
Mokau School
Whareorino School
Kakatahi School
Ngamatapouri School
Orautoha School
Raetihi Primary School
Kereru School
Kotemaori School
TKKM o Mangatuna
Matawai School
Motu School
Putere School
Putorino School
Hatea-A-Rangi
Waipaoa Station School
Pongaroa School
Waitaria Bay School
Lake Rotoiti School
Sacred Heart School (Reefton)
Greta Valley School
Lake Tekapo School
Okains Bay School
Rotherham School
Waiau School
Macraes Moonlight School
Makarora Primary School
Poolburn School
St John's School (Ranfurly)
Strath Taieri School
Tahakopa School
Blackmount School
Hauroko Valley Primary School
Garston School
Mararoa School
Tokanui School
TKKMo Tokomaru

Isolation category 2: 101-150 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
206
527
1109
1673
2084
2578
2594
2609
2649
2659
2699
2703
2724
3119
3204
3343
3368
3592
3789
Ngata Memorial College
Twizel Area School
Te Hapua School
TKKM o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou
Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa
Hiruharama School
Makarika School
Mata School
Potaka School
TKKM o Tapere-Nui-A-Whatonga
Te Puia Springs School
Tikitiki School
TKKM o Waipiro
TKKM o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti
Maruia School
Franz Josef Glacier School
Hanmer Springs School
Whataroa School
Omarama School

Isolation category 3: 151-200 kilometres

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
550
3342
3363
3386
3442
Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School
Fox Glacier School
Haast School
Jacobs River School
Aoraki Mount Cook School

Isolation category 4: 200 kilometres and over

No eligible schools.

Isolation category 5: Offshore islands

Chatham Island schools are excluded as they have specific provisions in place.

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1177
1385
1398
1593
1811
3961
6922
Te Huruhi School
Mulberry Grove School
Okiwi School
Kaitoke School (Claris)
Te Kura O Moutere O Matakana
Halfmoon Bay School
Waiheke Primary School

Isolation category 6: PTCA, Appendix 1

SCHOOL NUMBERSCHOOL NAME
1001
1016
1081
1675
1688
1736
1771
1896
1998
2052
2185
2215
2420
2625
2664
3747
3955
Aranga
Horeke
Peria School
Ruakituri School
Arohena School
Hauturu School
Kawhia School
Piri Piri School
Te Akau School
Waikaretu
Makahu
Ongarue
Papanui Junction School
Ohuka
Rere
Hawea Flat
Glenorchy School

 

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