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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.

All languages are to be treasured

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.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney Seminar

Tui Tuia offers the travel scholarship opportunities to attend the intensive seminar in Sydney.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney Seminar








4 Days



Face to face




Ministry funded


Tui Tuia | Learning Circle – Languages in partnership with The Japan Foundation offers places for New Zealand teachers to attend this three-and-a-half-day professional development programme held at The Japan Foundation's Language Centre in Sydney.

About the course

Course information

16 October 2023 - Applications for travel scholarship open

22 November 2023 - Applications for travel scholarship close


15 - 18 January 2024 – Seminar dates

What we will cover

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle – Languages is offering travel scholarships to assist with costs such as domestic flights (where required to connect with Trans-Tasman flights), Trans-Tasman flight to Sydney and back, accommodation and teacher release days (where the programme is being held during NZ term time). Once you have registered for the programme, you are welcome to apply for our travel scholarships. A limited number of scholarships are available so we cannot guarantee that this scholarship will be available to all those who apply.

For those that The Japan Foundation confirms acceptance on the programme AND Tui Tuia confirms that you have been successful in your application for a travel scholarship, Tui Tuia will book and pay for the required flight/s, accommodation, travel insurance, and will liaise with your school to arrange payment for teacher release days, where applicable.

To apply for a SCHOLARSHIP, first please do an online registration to The Japan Foundation directly for the programme, then apply for the scholarship at the bottom of this page.


Tui Tuia | Learning Circle – Languages in partnership with The Japan Foundation offers places for New Zealand teachers of Japanese to attend the Intensive Seminar for Teachers. This is a professional development programme held at The Japan Foundation's Language Centre in Sydney. Participants can expect to develop language skills and build confidence by working in an immersive Japanese environment. You will explore and share teaching ideas, strategies, resources and build new networks.


There is no fee for the seminar.


Teacher Experience

"The Japan Foundation Sydney Seminar was some of the best professional development I have ever attended. Saito-sensei and her team were able to expertly equip us with accessible and fun cultural and language knowledge we will be able to readily utilise in our own classrooms. It was also a great opportunity to connect and share resources and ideas with other Japanese primary teachers from a variety of different contexts. I highly recommend this opportunity to all teachers of Japanese."

Steven Woollaston (January 2020)

"Thank you so much, Tui Tuia and The Japan Foundation for such an awesome experience. I am so excited to use the activities and resources that were shared. The other teachers were great to meet and I look forward to keeping in touch with them. "

Jennie Sieczynski (September 2023)

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Applications for the travel scholarship will open on 9th October 2023.

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