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New look for an established PTE peak body


Quality Tertiary Institutions - Nga Wananga Kounga - is the new name for the private tertiary education sector peak body Independent Tertiary Institutions - Nga Wananga Motuhake. QTI represents twelve, large, high-quality Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and is recognised as an industry body by key Government agencies including the Ministry of Education, NZQA, the Tertiary Education Commission, Immigration New Zealand and Education New Zealand. Members of QTI educate over 10,000 learners a year in a highly diverse range of subjects, from foundation to certificate to degree to post-graduate level.

The name change and new logo were approved at the recent ITI Annual General Meeting. Newly re-elected QTI Co-Chair Tommy Honey (Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design) said "the name reflects our members’ absolute shared focus on quality and facilitating real outcomes - both economic and social - for all our learners. Members are committed to working together in a collaborative way to raise our performance. QTI also makes sure that our collective voice on key policy issues is clearly heard in Wellington through regular meetings with Ministers, politicians and officials, and through the professional lobbying work of our long-serving Executive Director."

Co-Chair Wendy Pyne (Bethlehem Tertiary Institute) was elected for the first time at the same Annual General Meeting. She noted "QTI’s new logo is designed to be reminiscent of a whare or meeting house. It is a place where people get together and speak freely in order to make a difference. The name Nga Wananga Koura means a quality place of education. The Board of QTI is tremendously grateful for the expert advice of Sir Wira Gardiner during the development of this name."

QTI will soon be launching a new, re-branded and improved website ( though the existing site ( will continue to work, diverting to the updated site once fully operational. 2012