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About Us

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

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Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

Improving instructional dexterity

Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme Grant

The NZJEP grant is available to promote deeper understanding, cultural awareness and appreciation between Japan and NZ through a program of educational and cultural exchanges.

New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme Grant














Ministry funded


Tui Tuia | Learning Circle – Languages are happy to once again support the New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme for 2024. The New Zealand Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) was jointly established by the New Zealand and Japanese Governments in the early 70s to create a deeper understanding between the two countries on a broad educational and cultural basis.

About the course

Course information

NZJEP is a programme that funds a broad range of educational and cultural projects by educationalists or artists to:

a)      Deepen understanding between New Zealand and Japan

b)     Improve public knowledge and understanding of Japanese language

c)      Improve public knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture


A total pool of $18,000 across all applications is available. 


Who can apply for funding?

Anyone who has educational or cultural knowledge or expertise relating to New Zealand and Japan that funding could transform into something more.

This includes but is not limited to:

·      Educators

·      Artists

·      Craftspeople

·      Scholars

What can be funded?

A specific project that includes, but is not limited to:

·      Being located within the educational or cultural sector

·      Enhancing the relationship between New Zealand and Japan

·      Having a multiplier effect i.e. the outcomes have an impact on the wider community

·      Meeting the criteria of seeder funding (new/early-stage projects), not maintenance funding (operational type expenses for an established project)

Application and Deadline

How to apply?

Step 1: Click "Register" button and fill in your details at the bottom of this page

Step 2: Download the Grant Application Form and Budget Template below; fill in the required information and submit both documents via email to

Note: both steps are necessary for a complete application.

Grant applications for 2024 close at 5pm on Friday, 26 April 2024.

Additional information


·      Grants are not available for the sole purpose of enhancing the personal experience or personal knowledge of any individual or group

·      A proposal must involve a specific project

·      For projects based in New Zealand, a project must have a basis in or result from previous work relating to Japan (i.e. there should be evidence of a prior, relevant and substantial interest in or connection with Japan)

·      The project should have a multiplier effect, in that the outcomes have an impact on the wider community

·      Grants should not be applied for when there are other more appropriate sources of funding available

·      Applications must be of 'seeder funding' not 'maintenance funding'.  ‘Seeder’ meaning new/early-stage projects, ‘Maintenance’ meaning operational type expenses for an established project

·      Applicants must describe how they are able to complete their projects safely and in accordance with government restrictions/alert levels

·      Recipients of grants are required to submit a report of their project using a provided template, before 1 December 2024.


Important notes

·      The NZJEP Selection Committee's decision is final, and further correspondence will not be entered into

·      Should circumstances prevent an applicant from accepting a grant, there is no guarantee that a re-application in subsequent years would be successful

·      A brief curriculum vitae of each Project Lead must be submitted with this application

·      Evidence of project support from elsewhere would be regarded as advantageous

·      Successful applicants will need to pay for all expenses up-front then claim these costs at the end.  You will need to provide all GST receipts in order to receive reimbursement

·      The project will need to be completed by 30 November 2024 in order to claim the grant

·      Shortlisted project leads may be contacted for a short Zoom interview

For any queries, please contact:

Click on the below links to read accounts from previous NZJEP recipients:


2023 - Term 1 - Japanese Newsletter Articles

2022 - Japanese - Term 4 Newsletter Articles

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UniServices Tui Tuia | Learning Circle on behalf of the MoE.

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New Zealand Japanese Exchange Programme (NZJEP) Grant

To apply for this grant, please (1) register here and (2) submit both Grant Application Form and Budget Template via email to

2024-04-27 9:00 am
2024-12-30 4:00 pm