Education New Zealand Opens New Zealand China Sister Schools Fund

The New Zealand China Sister Schools Fund is open.

Education New Zealand is providing schools with an opportunity to strengthen sister school relationships with schools in China.

A new round of the fund is now open. Applications must be in by midnight on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

The fund is open to all New Zealand schools that are signatories to The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice.

Grants of up to $5,000 per school (from a pool of $50,000) will be awarded to successful schools to deepen existing sister school relationships.

Application form can be found here

All applications must be emailed to

First announced in 2014 following the visit of President Xi Jinping, this round of the NZ China Sister Schools fund was announced during the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to New Zealand in March 2017.

This round of funding is only for schools which have existing sister school relationships. We want to support schools that have demonstrated tangible progress with their sister schools. This may include schools who have previously been awarded funding by the New Zealand China Sister Schools Fund.

A sister school partnership is a planned collaboration designed to offer the partners mutual benefit. Applicants will need to explain how their planned activity will take an existing sister school relationship forward, and foster learning opportunities, cross-cultural skills development and friendship between our two countries.

Activities may include (but need not be limited to);

  • student and/or staff exchange

  • curriculum-based collaborative projects

  • enhanced language programmes

The purpose of the NZ China Sister Schools contestable fund is to:

  • Strengthen existing relationships between schools in NZ and China

  • Increase New Zealand students’ skills and knowledge to operate effectively across cultures

  • Grow school partnerships with offshore schools 

Eligibility Criteria

Those eligible are New Zealand:

  • Primary schools

  • Intermediate schools

  • Secondary schools

  • Composite schools

  • School clusters

Schools must be signatories to The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice.

Selection considerations

The panel will favourably consider:

  • Primary and intermediate schools

  • Schools which are part of the Ministry of Education’s Asian Languages in Schools (ALLIS) initiative

  • People-to-people activities

  • New Zealand students going to China (rather than the reverse)

  • Geographical distribution

Collaborative applications from schools clusters are encouraged.

What will successful schools need to do?

The successful recipients will need to complete their activities by 30th June 2018.

ENZ will ask recipients of this funding to generate local publicity promoting the benefits of the funded activity. This could be through local media, social media, school website or other channels. 

Resources to help with the development of your sister school relationship:

Further information

For more information please contact