The latest five groups selected for the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative were today announced by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Tariana Turia.
The joint initiative by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education Commission will fund 3,000 plac . . . more
A new report analyses achievement in state secondary boys’ schools and explores the top strategies used by high-performing schools.
The analysis from 2010 to 2012 shows school leavers from state boys’ schools had higher qualifications than their male counterparts who attended state co-educational schools.
The report was carried out by the New Zealand Council for Educational . . . more
Joint research grants worth $460,000 have been awarded to seven collaborative research projects between New Zealand and Indian universities, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
The winning themes range from research into health and migration patterns in the South Pacific to managing India New Zealand institutional challenges and the impact of cli . . . more
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson and Minister of Youth Affairs Nikki Kaye today announced $50,000 from the Ministry of Youth Development to support youth participation in the performing arts.
“This funding will encourage young people to develop their musical and performance abilities, grow their confidence and self-management skills, and connect them wi . . . more
Teaching methods will need to change if educational institutions expect to keep charging thousands for learning that is available free on the internet, an expert in online education told New Zealand's tertiary leaders yesterday.
American Salman Khan was a keynote speaker at a summit Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has convened at Auckland Museum this week to discuss what develo . . . more
Giving international students the chance to experience the exhilarating adventure New Zealand is famous for while they study is the aim of the first joint marketing campaign Tourism New Zealandand Education New Zealand launched on May 26 in Japan.
The two agencies have joined forces to attract young Japanese to New Zealand with the offer of up to $300 worth of advent . . . more
The Government will invest $28.6 million operating funding (including $11.8 million of contingencies) over the next four years in three Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools to help address significant high-level skills shortages in the rapidly growing ICT industry, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The new ICT Graduate Scho . . . more
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has today released a report showing that widespread and mobile access to the internet will lead to new and significant opportunities and challenges for the education system.
“The report – Future-focused learning in connected communities – was developed by the 21st Century Learning Reference Group. It sets out ten s . . . more
New enrolments in apprenticeship training have grown by 24 per cent since 2012 following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Reboot scheme last year, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The Apprenticeship Reboot was announced in January 2013 by Prime Minister John Key alongside an overhaul of the apprenticeship scheme to get more apprentices qualifie . . . more
56 per cent of study by New Zealanders was at degree or postgraduate level in 2013 compared to 48 per cent 10 years ago, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The Tertiary education enrolments 2013 report released today shows there was continued growth in enrolments in higher qualifications by younger students, while enrolments fell for older st . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata says a comprehensive new guide to help keep schools safe and prevent bullying will help make sure students get the best opportunity to learn and achieve.
Ms Parata says with many schools and groups today marking Pink Shirt Day, which takes a stand against bullying, it is great to have the new guide out in schools.
The Bullying Prevention Advisory Gr . . . more
Budget 2014 provides $198.6 million of operating funding for new investment in tertiary education, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
“This investment will strengthen our higher education system, improve further the quality of our universities, and help maintain their international competitiveness,” he says.
$83.3 million operating fu . . . more
An innovative new competition for Year 10 students helping to promote careers in the primary industries has been launched today by Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
The Enterprising Primary Industries Career (EPIC) Challenge for 2014 requires school students to identify different careers within the primary industries and develop a strategy . . . more
As part of its commitment to supporting collaborative research, in 2013/14 the Government held a selection round for CoREs. The 2013 Budget allocation increased the fund by 10%, bringing the total amount of annual funding to just under $35 million. The CoREs funding is for operational costs and operational expenditure only.
The TEC contracted the Royal Society of New Zealand to run an indep . . . more
Research to help teachers support gifted students
A University of Canterbury education researcher says the findings in her thesis project should help teachers and schools better support gifted students.
Dr Louise Tapper’s PhD research focused on a group of teenagers to see what it meant to them to achieve in school as gifted and talented students.
In-depth data was collected f . . . more
New Zealand’s superlative outdoor experiences are helping attract a new group of international students – thanks to the cooperative marketing efforts of 23 secondary schools.
The Outdoor Education New Zealand (ODENZ) cluster has been working since 2002 to develop this niche, and enrolments are rising from northern Europe.
ODENZ chief executive Ian Reedy says the partic . . . more
This report, commissioned by the Ministry of Health, presents the results of measurements of exposures to radiofrequency (RF) fields from WiFi in two New Zealand schools, both from the access points and devices themselves. The results are compared and supplemented with information from overseas studies.
All exposures were very low compared with the public exposure limit in New Zealand . . . more
Further postgraduate level initial teacher education (ITE) qualifications from 2015.
The Universities of Auckland, AUT, Canterbury, Massey and Victoria have all been selected as providers.
“Expectations of education systems are changing and teachers entering the profession need to have the knowledge and expertise to work effectively with an increasingly diverse student popul . . . more
Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced 15 exclusive scholarships for students from India, who may apply by May 16. The Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarship programme, worth more than Rs 75 lakh, is targeted at Indian graduates wishing to study at postgraduate level in Christchurch in specific disciplines which are aligned to clearly identified skill shortage areas associated with the reb . . . more
The Institute of IT Professionals, New Zealand's largest IT representative body, hosted ICT Minister Amy Adams at Christchurch Girls High School this week to promote ICT career options to students.
The Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) and Christchurch Girls High School hosted the Information Technology and Communications Minister Amy Adams at a year 10 assembly at the school this Th . . . more
A new international partnership for the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has further increased its excellent reputation in the education sector.
SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) chairman and International College of Advanced Technology (ICATS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain at th . . . more
Teachers across New Zealand will now have access to a brand new suite of tools and resources to help them teach financial literacy in the classroom.
The FCP toolkit (Financial Capability Progressions toolkit) has been launched to all schools after the Ministry of Education and the Commission identified a need to support schools and teachers with integrating financial capability across the s . . . more
New Zealand is named the world's most socially advanced country, beating the U.S., Australia and other developed nations. Social Progress Imperative, a think-tank based in Washington, has ranked New Zealand as the number one nation out of 130 countries.
New Zealand bested other countries based on 54 social progress indicators including personal rights and freedoms. . . . more
New Zealand and Australian educators agree that digital media skills are essential for employability, says an Adobe study presented at this week’s 9th annual Adobe Education Leadership Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The ‘Education, Creativity and Employability’ study, conducted in 1531 educators including 498 from Australia and New Zealand, revealed that 68% of educ . . . more
A top Lincoln-based research group says that missing out on $20 million in government funding will put New Zealand's agriculture, horticulture and forestry at risk from biosecurity threats.
The Bio-Protection Research Centre will no longer be funded as a centre of research excellence (CoRE) from the end of 2015, after missing out on the six-yearly funding by the Tertiary Education Commi . . . more
Mindset change needed to boost New Zealanders skill set
Trade or profession? The two are not mutually excusive says a Massey communications specialist concerned at the misconception that young people see themselves as either doers or thinkers.
Professor Frank Sligo, from the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, says almost every modern-day workplace demands of its employee . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today launched a new digital portal for teachers, students and education administrators with Crown-owned company Network for Learning (N4L).
Ms Parata says the Government has invested $211 million in the N4L managed network as a fully funded package for schools and has also tasked the company with developing the . . . more
The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education is established.
The Gifted Education Centre and Gifted Kids, two long-standing charities, have formally agreed to merge and form one national centre for the delivery of gifted education services, the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education.
The new organistaion will be able to provide a more diverse and customised programme for the Centre . . . more
Four organisations to receive direct industry training funding
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the first four organisations to receive direct Government funding through the Industry Training Fund direct funding pilot.
“Following a review of industry training in 2011, we have implemented a number of changes to boost perfor . . . more
The latest world rankings demonstrate that New Zealand universities lead the world when it comes to internationalisation.
Times Higher Education has compiled a list of the top international universities based on each university’s international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one o . . . more
Winning app for NZ’s Kiwa Digital
Kiwa Digital’s multi-lingual digital version of Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride is the winner in the ‘Best Free ICT/App Product’ category at the Gulf Educational Supplier & Solutions (GESS) Exhibition in Dubai, the Middle East’s leading educational trade show.
The Exhibition attracted 300 exhibitors from 60 countri . . . more
New tertiary strategy targets key challenges
Providing more learners with skills that industries need, building international linkages, strengthening research-based learning, and performing better for at-risk groups and second-chance learners, are all part of the new Tertiary Education Strategy released today.
Speaking at the Higher Education Summit in Auckland, Tertiary Education . . . more
Better Information for Parents’ now available
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the launch of a Ministry of Education project to encourage more families to ‘be involved, get enrolled’ in quality early childhood education (ECE).
The Better Information for Parents project, which is being led by the Ministry’s Early Learning Taskforce, is . . . more
New partner for Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership
Waiariki Institute of Technology has joined the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership, heralding a new era of educational collaboration and more opportunities for Bay of Plenty students.
The Tertiary Partnership, which also includes Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato, provid . . . more
NEW ZEALAND IB DIPLOMA TOP SCHOLARS’ AWARDS CEREMONY
The success of some of New Zealand’s finest young scholars was celebrated at the annual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Top Scholars’ Awards Ceremony at Government House on Tuesday night.
The ceremony, hosted by His Excellency, Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of . . . more
New guide to help students reach their full potential
Health Minister Tony Ryall and Education Minister Hekia Parata have today launched a new guide designed to help deliver better health services for secondary school students.
“Evidence shows quality school health services improve student wellbeing – which leads to better learning and helps young New Zealanders . . . more
OTH and Weltec collaborate for research
Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg ("OTH Regensburg") and the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), announce their collaboration for teaching, research and academic exchange. The deal, the first of its kind for OTH Regensburg in New Zealand, represents a significant commitment by this leadin . . . more
Science in The New Zealand Curriculum:Years 5 to 8
A report released today by the Education Review Office shows that only 27 percent of schools have effective or generally effective science programmes for Years 5 to 8 students. The findings of the report Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8 are based on 100 schools reviewed in 2011.
"We are not gi . . . more
A new initiative to encourage Chinese computer science students to study in New Zealand has won funding from the International Education Growth Fund held by Education New Zealand.
The program will see students studying a four-year bachelor of information science at Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT), spending their final year of study at Massey University. Over the first three years . . . more
$465,000 to boost international education
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the Government will invest $465,000 co-funding a dozen new growth initiatives in the international education industry.
Successful recipients of the second round of International Education Growth Fund (IEGF) grants include Massey University, which is developing . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the establishment of a Taskforce that will free up schools to focus more on raising student achievement, and identify regulations that are obstructing this.
The Taskforce is part of the Government’s confidence and supply arrangement between the National and Act parties, who are working together to identify significant improvements . . . more
The Skills Organisation and NorthTec join forces
The Skills Organisation and NorthTec have joined forces to increase training options for Northland, starting with training for the region’s electrical apprentices.
The Skills Organisation is among New Zealand’s largest Industry Training Organisation (ITOs). It represents 20 different industries, including 11 specialist trad . . . more
Focus on excellence, more options for students drives Lincoln University/Aoraki Polytechnic partnership
Two of the country’s best known primary industries and land-based tertiary education providers are pooling resources and expertise under a new arrangement.
Under the new Collaborative Relationship Agreement, Lincoln University and Aoraki Polytechnic will bring to . . . more
Mâori & Pasifika Trades Training scales up
The Government today announced the first seven groups selected for the expansion of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative.
The joint initiative between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education Commission was announced in Budget 2013 and provides $43 million in funding over . . . more
PM’s Youth Programme making positive changes in lives of young people
Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye joined Prime Minister John Key at a dinner last night to celebrate young participants of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.
The annual programme, which is now in its fifth year, involves up to 100 young people aged 14 - 17 years in Auckland. They have been re . . . more
PM announces $359m education investment
Prime Minister John Key today announced the National-led Government will invest an extra $359 million over the next four years to lift the achievement of New Zealand students at school.
In his first speech of the year, Mr Key says the country is moving in the right direction, with the economy projected to grow faster than most other develope . . . more
2014 Occupation Outlook report launched
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today released the 2014 Occupation Outlook report, a comprehensive overview of job demand, likely incomes, and training requirements for 50 different career options across New Zealand.
“The Occupation Outlook is designed to be one of the first places for young people and t . . . more
2014 starts with simpler training system for NZ
2014 will start with a much simpler vocational training system that is easy to navigate for employers, trainees and educators, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
“Four years ago we had a highly complicated vocational training system in New Zealand with a total of 39 separate industry training . . . more
Google and Microsoft are taking steps to make it harder and harder for child porn content, images and videos to be found on their respective search engines.
Both companies have revealed details of a new plan that will see restrictions immediately applied across English-speaking countries, with the rest of the world and 158 other languages in the next six months.
A new breakth . . . more
New Zealand enters Indian education market, to open pre-school in Chennai
Education New Zealand, the government agency to promote and market the country’s education overseas, is getting active in the Indian market. New Zealand-based not-for-profit organization Core Education in collaboration with education services provider Sun Global Services is opening the first . . . more
New Zealand has become one of the most favourable destinations for education for Indian students in the last few years. "Last year 11,349 Indian students took admissions in New Zealand's educational institutions contributing NZ $250 million to the economy. The numbers are expected to increase by 5-7 percent this year", said Ziena Jalil, regional director for south Asia, Educ . . . more
Dick Smith partners with 2020 Trust to help tackle New Zealand’s digital divide
Dick Smith has announced a new sponsorship for the 2020 Communications Trust’s Computers in Homes programme. The announcement was made in Christchurch today by Micah Gamman, Director for Dick Smith in New Zealand.
Part of the sponsorship includes new laptop computers for DORA, the Trust’s m . . . more
AUT first New Zealand university to partner with ANZBC
AUT University and the ASEAN (Association of South East Asia Nations) New Zealand Business Council (ANZBC) announced a partnership last night at a formal reception held at AUT. This partnership is the first of its kind between a business council and a university in New Zealand.
“AUT promotes itself as ‘the university for . . . more
New Zealand's educational ranking has fallen, according to the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report released overnight compares the performance of just over half a million 15-year-olds from 65 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
It shows that w . . . more
Positive behaviour initiative is raising achievement
Education Minister Hekia Parata is pleased with a recent report showing a programme to address problem behaviour in schools is getting positive results for students across New Zealand.
“In Budget 2013, this Government invested a further $63.5 million over four years to the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) initi . . . more
Tool for Parents to Keep Kids Safe
KidsGoMobile, a Wellington startup company's objective is to make the digital world safer for kids. They have developed a software tool for parents to help keep their kids safe. This software aims to support digital parenting. New technology is beeing used by kids at an ever increasing younger age. Being able to access the internet from anywhere . . . more
New construction school for Wellington
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia New Zealand will be investing $13.6 million in a new Regional School of Construction for Wellington.
Speaking at the launch of the Construction Sector Report at WelTec, Mr Joyce said the new initiative will . . . more
Green light for schools as digital community hubs
Schools with ultra-fast broadband will soon be able to share their fibre connections with their local communities, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said today.
“In communities with poor connectivity, typically rural or remote areas, schools will be able to make their fibre infrastructure available to the wider co . . . more
Children affected by bullying and other social issues highlight need for greater parent support
This news release from Canterbury University there is a greater need for parent support in New Zealand to deal with bullying, child abuse and the other social issues such as drugs and alcohol education expert says.
Bullying, child abuse and the other social issues such as drugs and alcohol, h . . . more
Tertiary Education Minister supports student voice
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce endorsed the importance of an active student voice to institutions in the tertiary education sector when he opened the 2013 Congress of the NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) today.
“It is important to have a student voice and for universiti . . . more
New professional body for teaching and educational leadership
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced proposals for the new body for educational professionals in the early learning and school sectors.
“This has been a three year process of development, drawing on international experience, with widespread consultation beginning in 2010 with the Education Workforce Adv . . . more
Reboot signs up 8000 new apprentices
The Government’s apprenticeship re-boot has already signed up 8000 new apprentices since March says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce.
The Apprenticeship Reboot was announced in January by Prime Minister John Key, as part of an overhaul of the apprenticeship scheme to get more apprentices qualified and more . . . more
Today Microsoft announces their Student Advantage programme, which will help ensure all students at New Zealand schools and academic institutions have access to the productivity tools used in most New Zealand workplaces, before they enter the workforce.
Beginning 1 December 2013, every state and integrated school, and tertiary provider in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff and facul . . . more
Changes to attract more international students to NZ
The Government has announced a package of new initiatives to encourage further growth in New Zealand's $2.6 billion international education sector.
Changes will make it easier for some international students to work during their studies and allow streamlined visa processing in partnership with selected high quality education . . . more
More tertiary students studying at higher levels
The latest report on enrolment data from the Ministry of Education shows more New Zealand tertiary students are studying at higher levels, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The report, Tertiary Education Enrolments 2012, shows a continuing increase in the number of students enrolling in degree and . . . more
The greatest asset in New Zealand’s education system is teachers. Teacher salaries make up the bulk of education spend, and teachers are the most important factor for student achievement and development. Thus New Zealand must design policies that attract the best and brightest into the teaching profession, and design attractive career structures so that teachers can develop their full pot . . . more
The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s leading tertiary institution is to offer free online courses open to students around the world.
In the initiative announced this week, the University will partner with FutureLearn, a UK-based consortium founded by the Open University to develop and deliver Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The University of Auckland brings the number of . . . more
Changes proposed to strengthen university & wānanga governance
Proposed changes to university councils will help New Zealand universities remain internationally competitive, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
“New Zealand universities have been performing very well in a world context, with all eight of our universities now listed in the Top . . . more
Responsible for nearly half of all international student enrolments, the Private Training Establishment (PTE) sector is critical to New Zealand’s international education industry. Education New Zealand has developed a broad suite of initiatives to support the sector's on-going growth.
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New Zealand’s parents will be better informed about early childhood education with the launch of the My ECE website (www.myece.org.nz) today.
With the Government targeting spending in early childhood education (ECE) towards funding more places in ECE with a view to increasing enrolments of 0 – 5 year olds, it is now more important that parents make well-researched choices about . . . more
NEW TEACHING EDUCATION INITIATIVE AIMED AT STRENGTHENING PROFESSION
Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today that the Government is partnering with the Universities of Auckland, Waikato and Otago to provide new postgraduate level initial teacher education (ITE) qualifications from next year.
“The Government is focused on strengthening the teaching profession as a cent . . . more
Plan to transform school property
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a plan to transform the way school property is delivered to better support 21st Century learning environments and improved outcomes for students.
“Just as importantly, it will free up sector leaders, principals and their boards, to focus on the main b . . . more
Government support for telecommunications cable
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams is calling for expressions of interest from companies who are considering building a new international telecommunications cable between New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
“To ensure we have sufficient international capacity in the medium to long term, . . . more
Ministers announce first Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister John Banks today announced the first Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua.
Minister Parata says Partnership Schools offer a new, innovative and dynamic approach to engaging students in education.
“They will help young Kiwis be the best they can . . . more
Foundation education to be fees-free for 20-24 year olds
All foundation education (Level 1 and 2 courses) will be fees-free for 20-24 year-olds from 2014, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
At the same time the government will extend the Youth Guarantee Scheme to 18 and 19 year-olds, meaning that all New Zealanders below the age of 25 . . . more
Becoming effective teachers for under-25 students: A model for professional development decision-making
A two year collaborative research pro . . . more
New Zealand looking to boost student numbers from Japan, S. Korea
A New Zealand government delegation will travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) next week in a bid to bolster the number of international students studying in New Zealand.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce would meet with education leaders and speak to high school students, in . . . more
School resources to continue after wind down
The production of high-quality educational resources, including the renowned School Journal, will continue after the Government’s decision to wind down the operations of government-owned Learning Media, Finance Minister Bill English and Education Minister Hekia Parata say.
Learning Media today announced the decision because i . . . more
Public Achievement Information to support your child’s education
Education Minister Hekia Parata today released information providing a clear picture of how all parts of the pre-school and school system are performing and supporting each other at a local level.
“We recognise for all parents their children’s success at school is a high priority. The . . . more
$27 MILLION INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION INITIATIVES AIMED AT PRIORITY CHILDREN
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the Government is investing $27 million in education initiatives targeted at priority children.
Ms Parata says the initiatives are targeted at children who are falling behind for a range of reasons.
“We know where these child . . . more
Parenting programme improves children's behaviour and parenting skills
28 August 2013
The Ministry of Education says an evaluation of its Incredible Years parenting programme shows it does improve children’s behaviour and parenting practices.
The programme is for parents of children aged 3-8 years whose behaviour causes significant disruption at home and/or school.
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New ITO set for a key role in the country’s economic growth and prosperity
A major new infrastructure industry training organisation being created with the merging of existing ITOs InfraTrain NZ and ESITO (Electricity Supply Training Organisation) is expecting to play a key role in how infrastructure is provided for the country’s future prosperity.
As req . . . more
NZ independent school group, ACG, looks to open in Tauranga
World-class NZ independent school group, ACG, looks to open in Tauranga
Tauranga, 15 August 2013 - Academic Colleges Group (ACG) recently purchased 14ha of land on the corner of Keenan Road and Pyes Pa Road (SH 36) in Tauranga. ACG is developing plans for resource consent approval of a new fa . . . more
New Education Programme Designed to Transform Construction Sector
The creation of buildings that are net zero (energy, water and waste), built from non-toxic, locally sourced materials and that are beautiful and inspiring is the goal of a new education programme for all construction professionals.
Living Built Environments is provided through the& . . . more
Youth survey shows life for young New Zealanders improving
Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye has today released the latest survey about the health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students.
“It is encouraging that on a number of critical measures life has improved considerably for young people compared to 10 years ago,” Ms Kaye says.
“This surv . . . more
Minister releases regional information on education progress
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today released information which shows how children are getting on at different stages of the education system in 16 regions throughout New Zealand.
The information shows what percentage of children are participating in early childhood education, are achieving at . . . more
"Schools should be teaching students skills they can use". That is the message from Chief Executive of Business New Zealand, Phil O’Reilly, before the Education and Science Select Committee at Youth Parliament on Tuesday.
The committee was considering whether certain subjects, like science, should be compulsory at school.
Mr O’Reilly said "old fashioned" . . . more
India’s Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Pallam Raju, and a delegation of Indian education leaders, visited New Zealand this week to develop and reinforce education ties.
Yesterday the delegation took part in the second meeting of the India New Zealand Education Council (INZEC) and the first to be held in New Zealand.
A focus of the visit was to explore New Zealand&rsquo . . . more
More young NZers succeeding in education
More young New Zealanders are succeeding in education with further progress towards achieving the Government’s Better Public Service [BPS] results targets.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata say the Government’s drive for greater NCEA success is showing stron . . . more
Leading educational expert Andreas Schleicher to visit New Zealand
05 July 2013
Leading world expert on educational achievement and best practice, Andreas Schleicher, will visit New Zealand next week.
Mr Schleicher will be in New Zealand from 8-11 July as a guest of Education Minister, Hekia Parata.
Mr Schleicher is the Deputy Director for Education and Skills and S . . . more
More focus needed on preparing secondary students for life after school, new ERO report says
Many secondary schools need to ensure their curriculum better prepares their students for life after school, according to a new report released today by the Education Review Office (ERO).
The report, Secondary Schools: Pathways for future education, training and employment, . . . more
3 July, 2013
More students leaving school with NCEA Level 2
Education Minister Hekia Parata says the final NCEA results show more students are leaving school having achieved NCEA Level 2.
The 2012 results show that 74.3 per cent of school leavers achieved NCEA Level 2 last year compared to 72.4 per cent in 2011.
That’s a 10.1 per cent increase since 2009.
The . . . more
2 July, 2013
Computers in Homes funding extended
The Government has today announced it will continue funding for Computers in Homes for the next financial year.
Education Minister Hekia Parata says this is possible through moving up to $1.6 million of funding from Vote Education to the Department of Internal Affairs for the purposes of digital literacy.
“Computers . . . more
Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata
25 June, 2013
NZ education compares well with OECD
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the OECD’s latest education report, saying the findings show New Zealand continues to deliver a world-class education.
Education at a Glance 2013 compares education in 34 OECD . . . more
CMC Limited and Unitec, New Zealand launch two vocational education programs in India
CMC Limited and Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand today announced launch of two vocational education programs aimed at building highly skilled manpower for the Construction Industry and for meeting the demand of high end areas in the IT Industry. These programs would be initially offered at CMC . . . more
Education talks aim at strengthening New Zealand, Colombia links
The New Zealand government is hoping that plans to step up education links with Colombia this week will bolster moves to make English an official language in the Latin American country.
Colombian Vice Minister of Education Patrizia Martinez Barrios arrived in New Zealand Sunday for a week-long visit . . . more
Next steps for 19 greater Christchurch schools
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced final decisions for 16 greater Christchurch schools affected by the Government’s Education Renewal Plans and two new proposals for three other schools.
“The Government is absolutely committed to rebuilding Christchurch – that’s why we are . . . more
Get ready for unprecedented profile of NZ education in China
If the New Zealand international education industry is to achieve its growth targets, we need to refresh and refocus our marketing impact in China. We also need to make a leap in scale.
We c . . . more
Interim decisions for five Aranui schools
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the interim decisions for the five Aranui schools in greater Christchurch affected by the Government’s Education Renewal Plans.
“The Government is absolutely committed to rebuilding Christchurch – that’s why we are investing $1 billion into restoring and renewing t . . . more
$40m to boost international education
Budget 2013 invests $40 million over the next four years in marketing and promoting New Zealand’s international education industry, as the country targets doubling the value of international education to $5 billion by 2025.
“This $40 million investment through the Government’s new Education New Zealand Crown agency will continue to . . . more
$136 million investment fast tracks school network upgrades
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the Government will invest $136 million over the next four years to complete the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) by 2016 - two years ahead of schedule.
Of this funding, $50 million is new money and comes from the Future Inves . . . more
Aoraki Polytechnic will soon become the first institution in New Zealand to offer six new nationally accredited qualifications in English.
English language programme co-ordinator Craig Courtis has been working for two years to develop a programme that uses the new set of qualifications in English as a second language.
These will eventually replace all the English qualifications now offe . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that nearly 700 more children will have access to quality early childhood education thanks to the Targeted Assistance for Participation Fund.
The Fund has allocated $9.3 million to early childhood education in communities of high-need in this financial year.
“More than half of all children that start school without a . . . more
Budget 2013: Expansion of Maori and Pasifika trades training
A major expansion of Māori and Pasifika Trades Training to 3,000 places as part of Budget 2013 was announced today by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Tariana Turia.
There are currently 600 places spread across the . . . more
FITEC has merged with Competenz
Competenz, ITO for manufacturing, engineering and food and beverage manufacturing, takes over responsibility for the forestry, wood manufacturing, furniture and biosecurity ITO, FITEC.
“Competenz, as a high performing ITO, is committed to delivering high quality training meeting industry’s needs,” says John Blakey, Competenz CEO. “ . . . more
Budget 2013: Supporting parents and communities to lift educational achievement
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the Government is investing $80.5 million of operating funding over four years in Budget 2013 to help support parents and communities play their role in lifting the educational achievement of young people.
Of that $80.5 million, $63.6 million over fou . . . more
Pacific success in tertiary education
Why do some Pacific students do well at tertiary education, while others find it more difficult to complete their qualifications?
This was one focus for Victoria University researcher and education lecturer Dr Cherie Chu, who looked at identifying, understanding and sharing educational practices in tertiary institutions that benefit Pacific learners . . . more
More school networks upgraded to improve learning opportunities
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a further 80 schools are being invited to upgrade their IT networks so they can increase digital learning and teaching opportunities.
“The 80 schools will take the number of schools that are part of the Ministry of Educations’ School Network Upgrade P . . . more
Universities Sign Cooperation Arrangement with Spain
A higher education cooperation arrangement to enhance the relationship between universities in New Zealand and Spain has been signed today by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara and Spain’s Council of Universities Ministry of Education Culture and Sport.
The Memorandum on Cooperation in Higher Education provides a fo . . . more
Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) is the first Indian University to be accredited by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) an autonomous agency of Ministry of Education, Govt. of New Zealand to offer degrees affiliated to Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), New Zealand, in India. The University now offers a dual degree . . . more
On Thursday, 11 April 2013 Dr Linda Sissons, Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) signed a new agreement with Guangxi Polytechnic of Construction (GPC) in Beijing, China which will see the number of Chinese students studying engineering or construction at WelTec increase significantly from mid-2013.
“This agreement forms the basis of a model . . . more
Victoria University tops New Zealand in research rankings
Victoria University of Wellington was today ranked first among New Zealand universities based on the research performance of its academic staff.
“Today’s release by the Tertiary Education Commission of the latest PBRF Evaluation ranks Victoria as number one in New Zealand. This validates the commitment of our staff to . . . more
28 February, 2013
Work website for international students launched
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today launched www.nzstudywork.com, an exciting new website designed to provide advice and support for international students in New Zealand.
?The new website provides international students with a ?one-stop shop? where they can get information about their employment righ . . . more
1 March, 2013
Partnership Schools Authorisation Board Established
Associate Education Minister John Banks today announced the establishment and appointment of members to the independent Partnership Schools Authorisation Board.
The role of the Board is to evaluate applications for Partnership Schools and make recommendations to the Minister of Education on which applications should b . . . more
Top students uncomfortable being called "gifted"
19 February 2013
A University of Canterbury study of top students has found many of them were not comfortable being identified as gifted and talented.The students in the UC survey said they understood that they needed to downplay any perceived abilities if they wanted to maintain their social status in schools.Several were concerned about getting . . . more
18 February, 2013
Building the best schooling network in the country
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced she has listened to parents and school communities and decided about a third of the proposals for greater Christchurch schools should now not proceed.
Ms Parata today announced interim decisions for 31 of the 38 schools affected by the Government?s Education Renewal . . . more
15 February, 2013
Benefits of early childhood education promoted to Pacific families
Pacific Island Affairs and Education Minister Hekia Parata welcomes the first of a series of local workshops to inform Pacific families of the benefits of early childhood education (ECE) in Auckland this weekend.
?We want to make sure that all Pacific families know that having our kids attend ECE . . . more
13 February, 2013
NCEA provisional results show more students achieving
Education Minister Hekia Parata says provisional NCEA results show more students are achieving, particularly Pasifika students.
The provisional results show that 82.7 per cent of students achieved NCEA Level 2 last year compared to 81.9 per cent in 2011. An increase of 6.7 per cent since 2008.
The results sho . . . more
Major Trades Training Provider Welcomes Incentives for Apprentices and Employers
The Wellington Institute of Technology welcomes the recent announcement by Prime Minister John Key on financial incentives for new apprentices and their employers.
?It has been widely recognised that the building and construction industry required a kick-start to get the rebuild of Chri . . . more
4 February, 2013
Details on Novopay Ministerial Inquiry announced
Minister with responsibility for Novopay Steven Joyce today announced details of the Ministerial Inquiry into the education payroll system.
The Ministerial Inquiry is one of five measures the Government announced last week to address the issues surrounding Novopay.
Minister Joyce says the Ministerial Inquiry will b . . . more
Minister celebrates with Porirua Pasifika community to raise Pasifika achievement
The Government?s Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 has been received by the Porirua Pasifika community as the Government continues its focus on raising achievement for five-out-of-five kids.
Education and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says the Planaims to have Pasifika kids participating, engaging, . . . more
31 January, 2013
Minister gives update on Novopay
Minister with responsibility for Novopay Steven Joyce today provided an update on Novopay and announced measures to address the situation.
?Novopay is one of the largest payroll systems in Australasia covering approximately 110,000 people and 15 separate collective agreements. After meeting with the key parties involved over the pa . . . more
New Zealand Apprenticeships to boost skills & support jobs
The Government is to boost the number of people in apprenticeships by combining all apprenticeships into a single nationwide scheme and providing new financial incentives for employers and workers to take up more apprenticeships, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The new industry training initiativ . . . more
Record Success for Kristin Students in the International Baccalaureate
Kristin School has commenced its 40 Year anniversary celebrations in the best possible way, with news this week of a record set of examination results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Kristin was the first school in New Zealand to offer the prestigious qualification, which is held in high regard in universities arou . . . more
Carpentry Students Go Green
Wellington Institute of Technology carpentry students are set to gain some of the latest skills and knowledge in environmentally conscious building practices, when they begin work on a high rating energy efficient homein Otaki this year.
WelTec have formed a partnership with Little Greenie Building Education and the Otaki Clean Technology Centre in th . . . more
AUSTRALIA'S largest English language trainer, Navitas, has struck a deal with New Zealand's University of Canterbury to set up a college for international students in a bid to double the percentage of foreign students at its Christchurch campus.
Perth-based Navitas and the university will establish a new department dubbed UC International College that will offer a number of programs, including c . . . more
Digital literacy added to community education in schools
Digital literacy will be included as an educational priority area within the $13.8 million funding for Adult and Community Education in schools next year Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
Its inclusion within the scope of Adult and Community Education in schools expands t . . . more
Project to smooth the transition to tertiary education
Massey will partner with four regional secondary schools in a new project to support pupils as they move into tertiary education.
The project Enabling academic literacy: Smoothing the transition to tertiary learning has received $200,000 in funding from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
School of English and Media Stud . . . more
Education research leader to head new instituteThursday, 13 December 2012, 11:50 amPress Release: Massey University
Thursday, December 13, 2012Education research leader to head new institute
The inaugural head of the University's new Institute of Education is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oklahoma who has more than 20 years of academic leadership at several United S . . . more
NZ ranked eighth in global education study
Published: 9:48AM Saturday December 01, 2012 Source: ONE News
New Zealand's education system has been ranked eighth in the world in a report published by an education firm.
The global education study called The Learning Curve was published by Pearson and written by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The report covered 40 countries and examined the cogn . . . more
Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata
22 November, 2012
Two Ministries come together to help raise Pasifika achievement
A new initiative aimed at raising achievement among Pasifika students has been launched by the Government today in Auckland.
The Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017, which has been developed by the Education and Pacific Island Affairs Ministries sets out how ministries can work together w . . . more
Institute Strengthens Education Ties between NZ and India
Victoria University is heading up a new organisation to deepen educational ties between New Zealand and India.
The New Zealand India Research Institute, based at Victoria and directed by Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, an authority on Indian history and development, involves nearly 40 academics in five New Zealand universities?Victoria, . . . more
19 November, 2012
Education Minister welcomes He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Action Plan
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa report from the M?ori Economic Development Panel saying it is very consistent with her own approach to improving M?ori outcomes in the education system.
?He Kai Kei Aku Ringa is a very helpful piece of work. It makes clear, quality . . . more
Sport New Zealand has begun a project which aims to use the power of sport to help kids achieve in the classroom and the community.
?Every day we see the power of sport to change the lives of young people and to help them succeed in other aspects of life. This project will harness that power for schools to get the results they want in their communities,? said Sport New Zealand Chief Executive, Pe . . . more
89% of international students satisfied with their NZ experience
89% of the 13,130 international students who took part in the i-graduate surveys in 2011 and 2012 were satisfied, or very satisfied, with their overall experience. Students in secondary schools were the most satisfied, with 94% saying they were happy or very happy with their overall experience.
The 2012 surveys took place in May an . . . more
31 October, 2012
Final decision on residential special schools announced
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced her decision to close Salisbury School in Nelson and McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch.
?After carefully considering all the information provided to me, including the responses from the schools, and information provided at my meetings with the Boa . . . more
Pasifika Framework Launched
19 October 2012
The TEC has launched the Pasifika Framework 2013-2017, a leading step towards a whole-of-sector approach to improving Pasifika tertiary achievement and employment prospects.
The framework has been developed in consultation with TEC?s Pasifika Working Group, established by TEC earlier in 2012. The Working Group comprised of eight tertiary education org . . . more
15 October, 2012
Innovative education policy one step closer
The establishment of Partnership Schools|Kura Hourua is one step closer with the introduction of the Education Amendment Bill, Associate Education Minister John Banks said today.
?The Bill sets out the legal framework for this exciting new type of school which is based on international best practice but tailored to New Zea . . . more
Youth Guarantee Educational Performance Information
Purpose of Youth Guarantee Programme
Youth Guarantee, a fees free programme, aims to increase the educational achievement of 16 and 17 year olds not currently engaged in education, and to improve transitions between school, tertiary education and work. The programme has been funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) since 2010. It seek . . . more
$38m for dedicated fees-free foundation level learning
by Hon Steven Joyce, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
26 September 2012
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce today welcomed funding decisions that will see Private Training Establishments (PTEs) deliver core foundation tertiary education for the first time in 2013.
?The TEC has run a competitive pr . . . more
21 September, 2012
First National Standards data sets baseline of learner achievement
Education Minister Hekia Parata says National Standards data reported for the first time has set a baseline of Years 1-8 learner achievement.
The data shows that 76 per cent reached or exceeded the national standard for reading, 72 per cent of learners for mathematics, and 68 per cent for writing . . . more
Gerry Brownlee, Hekia Parata
13 September, 2012
$1 billion investment for education renewal in Canterbury
The Government will invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to restore the education sector in greater Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.
?The whole education sector has experien . . . more
6 September, 2012
More performance gains in tertiary education sector
Results from 2011 show the Government?s continued focus on performance in the Tertiary sector is working well, Tertiary, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The 2011 education performance information released today shows that the university, polytechnic, w?nanga, and private training establishment . . . more
5 September, 2012
Education renewal in greater Christchurch
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced she will meet with school leaders in Christchurch next Thursday to discuss the approach for education renewal in the greater Christchurch area.
?The priority is delivering a network that will meet changing community needs and deliver better outcomes for learners. It is . . . more
Evaluation at a Glance: Priority Learners in New Zealand Schools
ERO has identified three key interrelated issues that need to be addressed to significantly lift the achievement of students, particularly for priority learners. These broadly relate to how well schools are focussing on providing education that addresses the needs of students.
The fact that the issues are: a . . . more
Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata
29 August, 2012
Ministers launch BPS education action plans
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today released two action plans which detail the Government?s work to achieve the Better Public Service targets of boosting skills and employment.
The Result Action Plans ? 5 and 6 ? were announced by the Mini . . . more
On Saturday we had the priviledge of being at the launching of the ?Floating Classroom?. Using the ?Nereides? a boat that was gifted to the children of New Zealand. Graham Johnson ?became the new owner and started the refit that would take 18 months. Graham, through the apprentice programme in his workshop and while working with these young men on Nereides realised the potential of teaching childr . . . more
27 August, 2012
Mixed model for learners with special education needs
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced a proposal for a new mixed model of support for learners with special educational needs.
The model would include both community-based services and residential special schools. Two of the country?s four residential special schools would remain open, and the new . . . more
21 August, 2012
Government acts on Person A Ministerial Inquiry recommendations
Tougher employment checks and improved information sharing are among a number of measures announced by the Government today to tighten-up teacher employment and vetting procedures.
The measures are part of the Government?s response to the Ministerial Inquiry into the employment of convicted sex offende . . . more
ERO drops decile rating from its school reports, to correct stereotype
A school?s decile rating will no longer be shown on its Education Review Office report, following a decision announced today.
ERO says it has taken the decision to remove the rating from its reports in an effort to correct the stereotype that a school?s decile equals performance.
Dr Graham Stoop, Chief R . . . more
9 August, 2012
New work rights to boost export education in Canterbury
Immigration Minister Nathan Guy has announced that work rights for English language students in Canterbury will be extended, giving a boost to the export education sector in the region.
?Foreign students are an important industry for Canterbury, but numbers have taken a hit since the major earthquakes,? says Mr G . . . more
The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) has signed a statement of confidence with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to strengthen the education ties between both countries in first degree education.MQA chief executive officer Datuk Dr Syed Ahmad Hussein said the agreement was part of the effort to combat counterfeit certificates in Malaysia.?This effort is part of the implementation . . . more
10 August, 2012
Community Rebuild inspires Pacific Partnership
A group of sixteen Year 9 students from Kristin School have recently returned from a life-changing three week expedition to the island community of Poutasi, Samoa ? a village tragically impacted by the massive tsunami which ripped through the area in 2009.
After visiting the area in 2011, Carl Murray - Year 9 De . . . more
2011 Tertiary Education Performance Report
6 August 2012
Last year, the TEC published the inaugural Tertiary Education Performance Report.
This report captured the 2010 financial, educational, and organisational performance of Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs), as well as aggregate performance of Private Training Establishments and Industry Training Organisations. The report brought togeth . . . more
PINZ to establish new polytechnic in Saudi Arabia
New Zealand education provider Polytechnics International New Zealand (PINZ) has signed a five-year contract to provide training that will support growth in Saudi Arabia's electricity industry.
A two-year vocational training programme in electricity established by PINZ and SEC which focused on study majors in generation, transm . . . more
Revised gifted and talented handbook goes live
Thursday 9 August 2012, 4:50PMBy Massey University
A revised gifted and talented handbook co-written by a Massey University researcher will help educators recognise and support gifted pupils.
Gifted and Talented Students: Meeting Their Needs in New Zealand Schools went live today on the Te Kete Ipurangi website, as part of International Week . . . more
8 August, 2012
Better Public Achievement Information
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today outlined the Government?s approach to improving the quality and use of achievement information at year, school and national level.
Public Achievement Information (PAI) will be available on the Ministry of Education?s ?Education Counts? website.
It will allow parents to see how their ch . . . more
Ministers announce framework for Partnership SchoolsThursday, 2 August 2012, 9:27 amPress Release: New Zealand Government
2 August 2012 Media StatementMinisters announce framework for Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister John Banks today announced the framework for the New Zealand Model of Charter School. The schools will be . . . more
Hekia Parata, John Banks
2 August, 2012
Ministers announce framework for Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister John Banks today announced the framework for the New Zealand Model of Charter School.
The schools will be known as Partnership Schools or Kura Hourua.
?The term ?partnership? captures the essence of the concept; they will be . . . more
Weltec to Foster Industry InnovationWednesday, 25 July 2012, 11:59 amPress Release: Wellington institute of Technology
MEDIA RELEASE: 25 July 2012
Weltec to Foster Industry Innovation
The Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) has announced its involvement in a national initiative that will benefit local industries and which aims to develop the export competitiveness of the country.
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MoU with Education New Zealand
Friday, 20 July 2012
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Education New Zealand have been working together to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 24 April 2012.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Education New Zealand have been working together to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 24 April 2012. The MoU, which aims to st . . . more
Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective
publisher: Ministry of Education
Publication type: Research report
This research report draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to su . . . more
New Zealand Government : $1 million investment in Maori Trades Training
The Government will invest a further $1 million into Maori trades training in Christchurch, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce announced today.
The new initiative builds on He Toki ki te Rika, a Maori trades initiative delivered by the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, in pa . . . more
13 July, 2012
Review of Teachers? Council to begin
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the chair and members of the committee that will review the role and functions of the New Zealand Teachers? Council as part of the Government?s programme of work to lift student achievement.
?The goal is to ensure that the Teachers? Council is a strong, professional body that wil . . . more
Including Students with Special Needs: School Questionnaire Responses (April 2012) 01/04/2012
A 2010 Education Review Office (ERO) report, Including Students with High Needs, found that half of schools demonstrated mostly inclusive practices for students with high needs. Thirty percent of schools were found to have some areas of good performance, and 20 percent had few inclusive . . . more
Hon Kate WilkinsonActing Minister of ImmigrationHon Steven JoyceMinister for Tertiary Education, Skills& Employment
11 July 2012 Media Statement
Ministers welcome action on visa fraud
Acting Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce have welcomed today?s operation by Immigration New Zealand to take action with a number of peop . . . more
Literacy and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10 (July 2012) 03/07/2012
Years 9 and 10 are vital years in students? schooling. It is in these years that students build on and consolidate their learning from the primary school years, and lay the foundation for their future success in the senior secondary school, and their post-secondary lives. In this report ERO evaluates how effectively schools . . . more
New collaborative service for universities and CRIsThursday, 5 July 2012, 10:23 amPress Release: University of Auckland
The University of Auckland
5 July 2012
New collaborative service for universities and Crown Research Institutes
A new collaborative online service for New Zealand universities and Crown Research Institutes officially launches today.
Named Tuakiri - New Zeal . . . more
Report highlights need for more connected support for foundation learners
by: ako_admin (Ako Administrator) on 5 July 2012
Lifting Our Game: Achieving greater success for learners in foundational tertiary education calls for government agencies and tertiary providers to work more closely together to lift the success rates for foundational learners.
The report, released on July 5, focuses . . . more
Working with National Standards to Promote Students? Progress and Achievement (June 2012) 18/06/2012
A Report by ERO on National StandardsThis report is part of a series published by the Education Review Office, over three years, about the implementation of the National Standards in English-medium schools with students in Years 1 to 8.
The New Zealand Curriculum provides schools wit . . . more
Future Planning Enjoy Fantastic Success!
As we sat in the auditorium with over 2000 FPS students, the enormity of it hit me. The MC read out 9 teams to go on stage and we were not in the top 9. I thought, we had worked hard and getting to the internationals was amazing. Knowing that in NZ we were in the Junior division and at Internationals we were put up into the Middle division made me realis . . . more
Microsoft Office 365 for Education Launches in New ZealandThursday, 28 June 2012, 1:01 pmPress Release: Microsoft New Zealand
Microsoft Office 365 for Education Launches in New Zealand
Students and educators set to benefit from cloud-based desktop suite and collaboration tools
Microsoft New Zealand has announced the availability of Office 365 for Education, allowing students and educators to . . . more
25 June, 2012
Forum commits to raising achievement goal
The Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement has agreed to work together on achieving success for all learners.
Forum chair, Education Minister Hekia Parata, welcomed the commitment from all the Forum representatives.
?We know that our education system is amongst the best in the world with four out of five kids . . . more
Help for parents of children with special needs
25 June 2012
A new DVD showing how children with developmental disorders can be helped by simply sharing books has been launched.Turn the page with me is a resource developed by the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association in conjunction with the Champion Centre and features University of Canterbury senior lecturer and speech therapist Dr Anne van . . . more
SERVILLES ACHIEVES A HAT TRICK AT THE AUSTRALASIAN HAIRDRESSING AWARDS
Servilles came out on top at the 2012 Hair Expo Awards in Sydney, taking away the event?s three top business awards for Educational Organisation of the Year for the third consecutive year, Excellence in Marketing and Business of the Year.
One of Australasia?s highest profile salon brands and the regi . . . more
This year's MATARIKI programme is inspired by our Taumata's vision for the Museum:Whakamana, nga taonga tuku iho, hei whakataki i nga ra ki muri. Honouring the past, Embracing the present, Guiding our future. We're one week into our exciting month-long programme which features waiata, storytelling, poetry, offsite walks, lectures and the Matariki market and we look forward to extending our manaaki . . . more
Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata
25 June, 2012
Education targets to boost skills & employment
The Government?s Better Public Service targets for education are about giving more New Zealanders the opportunity to succeed, and increasing the skill level of our workforce, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata say.
The Government has two t . . . more
21 June, 2012
New websites assist schools to respond to bullying and other challenging behaviour
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today launched two new websites which will assist schools to create safe and secure learning environments that deter bullying.
?To learn and achieve, students need to feel safe, secure and well supported in their learning. Difficult behaviour and bul . . . more
19 June, 2012
Early childhood education programme allocated $18.9m
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced that $18.9 million of grant funding will go towards boosting early childhood education participation in targeted areas.
The funding will help create 1,039 new childhood education places in high need areas, including Kaikohe, Waitakere, Manukau, South Auckland, Ha . . . more
An exclusive invitation to join National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards to launch CAMERA Season of Photography.Download our winter What's On here
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National Geographic Channel has brought internationally-renowned wildlife photographer Jason . . . more
11 June, 2012
Cyber Security Awareness Week launched
New Zealand?s first ever Cyber Security Awareness Week has been launched this morning by Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams.
The week is designed to raise awareness among New Zealanders and small businesses of cyber security risks, and the simple steps they can take to protect their personal, financial and . . . more
11 June, 2012
Quality teaching remains the focus
Education Minister Hekia Parata said today the Government remains firmly focused on raising achievement for all learners through quality teaching.
?Raising achievement requires a system-wide lift in quality teaching and quality leadership from early childhood education (ECE), through primary and into secondary schooling,?? Ms Parata . . . more
Chinese students will be calling Wellington the home of outdoor adventure, following the establishment of a cooperation programme between Whitireia Polytechnic and China's Capital University of Physical Education and Sports.
A cooperation programme has been established between Capital University of Physical Education and Sports (CUPES) and Whitireia Polytechnic New Zealand (Whitireia) by Professo . . . more
29 May, 2012
Minister provides assurances to schools
Education Minister Hekia Parata says no school will lose more than two full-time teachers (FTTEs) as a result of the policy changes in Budget 2012.
?As we've previously said, about 90% of schools will either gain, or have a net loss of less than one FTTE as a result of the combined effect of the ratio changes and projected roll . . . more
Summary of International Enrolments, 2005 ? 2011
The International Division has prepared the latest in a series of annual summaries of the publicly available information, from three main sources, on the enrolments of international students with New Zealand education providers.
This 17-page report includes enrolment data for the 2011 calendar year. Summary information is given on the total annu . . . more
23 May, 2012
Govt uni investment up 13.5% in four years
The Government has increased its investment in New Zealand?s universities by 13.5 per cent over the past four years, latest figures from the Tertiary Education Commission show.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce saysNew Zealand?s universities continue to sustain strong financial performances t . . . more
24 May, 2012
$110.9m to increase early childhood participation
Extra Budget operating funding of $110.9 million for early childhood education (ECE) over the next four years continues the Government?s drive to increase the number of vulnerable children participating in ECE, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.
?We know that participating in early childhood education has considerab . . . more
Hekia Parata24 May, 2012
$511.9m more to deliver better results for studentsBudget 2012 focuses on raising student achievement by investing $511.9 million of operating funding for new initiatives in education over the next four years, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. This takes the Government?s total investment in early childhood education and schooling to $9.6 billion for 2012/13. ?Our edu . . . more
Lifeway College, New Zealand signed an MoU with NGF College of Engineering & Technology, Palwal
Lifeway College, New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NGF College Of Engineering & Technology. On this occasion Mr. Craig Hansen, Principle, Lifeway College, New Zealand , Mr. Ashwani Prabhakar CEO & Mr. Sharat Kaushik (Director, NGF College Of Engineering & Technology, . . . more
Pasifika Tertiary Education Working Group
17 May 2012
The TEC has established a Pasifika Tertiary Education Working Group to provide advice on the tertiary component of the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017.
The TEC Pasifika Tertiary Education Working Group, which draws upon sector-wide expertise, will consider best practice in the sector (supported by evidence and analysis) and provide advic . . . more
16 May, 2012
Budget 2012: Extra $511.9 million for education
Budget 2012 will deliver funding that is firmly focused on raising student achievement, says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
?We are increasing the overall spending on education ? for the fourth Budget in a row. This is happening despite tight fiscal times, against a backdrop of a recent global financial crisis, and . . . more
INZ signs MoU with Education New Zealand
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and Education New Zealand (ENZ) on 24 April 2012 will strengthen the framework of the New Zealand Specialist Agents (NZSA) programme and create a number of benefits for New Zealand?s export education industry.
The MoU formalises the partnership bet . . . more
9 May, 2012
Network for Learning a step closer
Education Minister, Hekia Parata, today announced that the Ministry of Education is seeking a network services provider for the Network for Learning, an online network that will enable improved access to education resources for learners.
Suppliers are being asked to present innovative proposals to deliver network services such as in . . . more
WelTec hopes the three artists chosen for this year?s prestigious Rita Angus Residency will enrich both its programmes and the Wellington arts scene.
Glen Hayward, of Kaikohe, will begin his three-month tenure in June, followed by Shannon Te Ao, of Nelson, and Iain Frengley, of Dunedin, who will share the residency later in the year.
Shannon and his brother-in-law Iain can?t wait . . . more
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Science education needs improvement ? report
Posted in In the News on May 2nd, 2012.
A report released today by the Education Review Office shows that only 27 percent of schools have highly effective or generally effective science programmes for Years 5 to 8 students.
The report presents the findings of team of reviewers who evaluated the quality and effectiveness of science teaching in 100 . . . more
Hekia Parata, Pita Sharples
1 May, 2012
Reference group to boost M?ori-medium teaching workforce
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Minister Pita Sharples have announced the establishment of an expert reference group on the M?ori-medium teaching workforce.
The reference group will advise the Government on how to increase the number of high-quality, te reo-fluent teachers in M?ori-me . . . more
New international code of ethics to ensure best interests of students
Ishani Duttagupta, ET Bureau Apr 27, 2012, 08.33PM IST
A new international code of ethics to ensure that education agents act in best interests of students, declare conflict of interest and be open about all fees and commissions, has been unveiled recently in London. The new code has been agreed upon by Australia, the UK . . . more
27 April, 2012
2011 Prime Minister?s Award announced
Jade Fai Leung from Auckland?s St Cuthbert?s College was named today as winner of the Prime Minister?s Award for Academic Excellence.
Education Minister, Hekia Parata, presented the Top Scholar Awards, on behalf of the Prime Minister, at Government House.The Prime Minister?s Award for Academic Excellence recognises the highes . . . more
Universities to share national journals storage
24 April 2012
A collaborative initiative by New Zealand?s eight university libraries is set to free up space and save money by jointly storing a single copy of low-use print journals, while ensuring the preservation of, and access to, these important resources.
The journals will be stored with Crown Records Management.
One . . . more
German recognition of New Zealand doctoral titles
The Ministry of Education, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has successfully worked with officials of the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) to allow New Zealand doctoral graduates to use the title ?Dr.? in Germany. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Universities New Zealand have also actively contributed to this out . . . more
Are you the next man for the New Warrior Training Adventure?
The New Warrior is a man for today?s world, ready for full, vibrant, equal partnership with other men and women.
The ManKind Project New Zealand is a Charitable Trust born out of the ManKind Project, an international network of interdependent not-for-profit men?s centres across the world. The movement began in January 1985 when 18 men . . . more
ITO Update - 12 April
12 April 2012
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is pleased to announce the scope of the first release of the ITR refinement project.
ITR refinement project ? scope of first release
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is pleased to announce the scope of the first release of the ITR refinement project.
There are six items in the scope of the first release which . . . more
Career Education Benchmarks ? Tertiary
Careers New Zealand is developing a set of benchmarks to improve the quality of career education in tertiary organisations. Find out more about the new benchmarks and when they will be ready.
Better career education for learners
What are the benchmarks?
Testing the benchmarks
When will the benchmarks be ready to use?
Further inf . . . more
10 April, 2012
Contract signed for first school PPP
The Ministry of Education has entered into a contract for New Zealand?s first school property public private partnership (PPP), Associate Minister of Education, Craig Foss announced today.
Learning Infrastructure Partners will be responsible for the design, construction, finance and maintenance of Hobsonville Point primary and se . . . more
Red tape cut for international students
by Hon Nathan Guy, Immigration02 April 2012
Minister of Immigration Nathan Guy has announced changes to health screening rules which will reduce red tape for international students and other migrants, while protecting the public health system.
?From July this year, international students will no longer need to supply full medicals. Unless they have ot . . . more
Demand for IELTS Increases Around the World
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reinforces its position as the world's most popular high stakes English proficiency test, hitting a new record of more than 1.7 million tests taken around the world in 2011.
MELBOURNE, Australia, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In the face of changing economic and migration . . . more
Update on Computer Power (NZ) Limited (In Liquidation)
John Fisk and Jeremy Morley, of PwC, as the Liquidators of Computer Power (NZ) Limited (In Liquidation) today provided an update on the progress of the Liquidation.
The Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia) and related entities of both organisations are working on a package . . . more
Maori educators look at boosting tertiary output
Thursday, 29th March, 2012
Maori tertiary educators are meeting today at Pipitea Marae in Wellington to look at ways to improve the engagement, retention and pass rates of Maori students.
The second Tuia Te Ako Maori tertiary education Hui is being hosted by Ako Aotearoa ? the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
Professor . . . more
28 March, 2012
International student numbers show impact of Chch quakes
Christchurch?s earthquakes have had a big impact on the number of international students studying in the city with a 37% drop in 2011, latest figures from the Education Ministry show.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says the results were not unexpected.
?The earthquakes i . . . more
Joel Granger Performs for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
Anyone who attended Kristin School?s 2011 production of Jesus Christ Superstar will be in no doubt of the astounding talent of its young lead performer, Joel Granger. Winner of Best Leading Male in a Musical at Auckland?s AMI Showdown Awards last year, Joel won the respect of many for his performance as Jesus of Nazareth in the hugely pow . . . more
26 March, 2012
Preferred Bidder announced for the first public private partnership in schools
Associate Minister of Education, Craig Foss has today announced Learning Infrastructure Partners as the Preferred Bidder for the first school property public private partnership (PPP) in New Zealand.
Learning Infrastructure Partners was one of three consortia short listed. The proposals . . . more
Update on Computer Power (NZ) Limited (In Liquidation)Friday, 23 March 2012, 3:55 pmPress Release: PricewaterhouseCoopers
23 March 2012Update on Computer Power (NZ) Limited (In Liquidation)
Price Waterhouse CoopersJohn Fisk and Jeremy Morley of PwC, Liquidators of Computer Power (NZ) Limited (In Liquidation), today provided an update on the progress of the Liquidation following on discu . . . more
Private Computer Training Company in Liquidation
Christchurch and Auckland, was put into liquidation in the High Court at Wellington this week owing more than $8.3 million in tax, penalties and interest. .
Computer Power has has about 750 students including about 150 international students and runs campuses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
The liquidator John Fisk said that the insti . . . more
Microsoft and Ministry of Education Agree to Deal
Friday March 23rd, 2012
A deal between Microsoft New Zealand and the Ministry of Education have agreed on a deal which will give schools unlimited servers and the option of private clouds inwhich they will be able to store data.This will mean a number of improvements for schools which will include unli . . . more
Hekia Parata, Amy Adams
21 March, 2012
More schools to benefit from UFB
The roll out of ultra-fast broadband to more schools in Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Whanganui will see thousands more students able to be connected to the network by July, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams say.
Ultrafast Fibre, one of the Government?s . . . more
International Summit on the Teaching Profession shows New Zealand is on the right track
The International Summit on the Teaching Profession affirmed the Government is taking the right steps to help teachers deliver 21st century learning skills, says Education Minister, Hekia Parata.New Zealand was one of 23 countries hosted in New York by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the OECD and . . . more
Creative Networks for Kristin Students
In this age of social networking, relationships are becoming increasingly important. The old saying, ?it?s not what you know but who you know? is evident on a daily basis. More than just contacts and opportunities, networks are becoming more about collaboration and the sharing of ideas. Two groups of Kristin students ? K-Force Robotics and Forensics@Kristin . . . more
Promoting agreements between tertiary student and providersTuesday, 13 March 2012, 1:41 pmPress Release: Ako Aotearoa
Media Release Ako Aotearoa ? The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence 12 March 2012
Promoting good practice for contracts between domestic tertiary students and their providers
The enrolment process for domestic tertiary students in New Zealand involves a . . . more
Hekia Parata, Amy Adams
5 March, 2012
UFB to be rolled out to hundreds more schools
More than 410,000 students at over 1500 schools will have access to ultra-fast broadband by July next year, says Education Minister Hekia Parata and Communications and IT Minister Amy Adams.
Prime Minister John Key today announced the next 693 schools to be connected by Chorus, one of the Crown?s four partner . . . more
New Government Working Groups to Provide Advice on Improving ECE Quality
The make-up of two working groups to provide Government with advice on improving the quality of ECE services was announced by the Education Minister, Hekia Parata, today.
On the 14th October 2011 the former Minister of Education, Anne Tolley, stated in response to its ECE Taskforce report that it would . . . more
Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata
27 February, 2012
Govt funds Pacific trades initiative for Christchurch
The Government is providing $6 million to support Pacific peoples enter into trades training in 2012 and 2013 to assist with the Christchurch rebuild, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Hekia Parata announced today.
The initi . . . more
28 February, 2012
Ministerial Inquiry to be established
There will be a Ministerial Inquiry into the employment of a convicted sex offender in the education sector, Education Minister, Hekia Parata, announced today.
The inquiry has been initiated after Ministers were informed late last week that a convicted sex offender had been arrested while allegedly in breach of the offender? . . . more
What we get for what we spend
This report synthesises the inputs, outputs and outcomes of the Government's tertiary education expenditure over the period 2006 to 2010 in eight key funds. In total, these funds distributed around $4.6 billion to providers and students in 2010.
Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis
Date Published: February 2012
Outputs and ou . . . more
February 20, 2012
Hawkes Bay Trades Academy
The Hawke?s Bay Schools Trades Academy will be officially launched on Friday.
The trades academy will provide high school students with on-campus practical skills training at EIT in Hawke?s Bay and Gisborne while allowing them to study for NCEA credits and tertiary qualifications.
The basic model offers 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to att . . . more
IB Scholars Honoured at Government House
The success of some of New Zealand?fs finest young scholars was celebrated at the inaugural International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Top Scholars?f Awards Ceremony at Government House, Auckland on Wednesday night. The 450 students who completed the IB Diploma in New Zealand last year represented less than 1% of the participants worldwide. However, this sma . . . more
US Ambassador visits Pacific Institute of Education in Manukau
February 16, 2012
Press Release ? BEST Pacific EducationThe inaugural visit by US Ambassador, David Huebner to the Best Pacific Institute of Education campus in Manukau is further endorsement of the great work the organisation is doing in tertiary education for Pasifika communities.
Ambassador Huebner met with students from the b . . . more
16 February 2012
New Zealand Equine ITO joins AgITO
The New Zealand Equine Industry Training Organisation (NZEqITO) has joined the Agriculture
Industry Training Organisation (AgITO).
Continuing pressure on funding means it is more cost effective for NZEqITO to operate in
AgITO?s framework. AgITO?s industry coverage has been extended to include the equine
industry, including the thoroughbre . . . more
10 February, 2012
Taking action to raise quality in early childhood education
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the establishment of two working groups to improve quality early childhood education for young children.
?We are taking action to make sure all early childhood education services are of the highest possible quality,? says Ms Parata.
?The early years of child . . . more
In WelTec Trades Academy?s first year a whopping 94 percent of the 77 students who signed on have gained NCEA level 2 passes. That?s set a high benchmark and with an expected cohort of 125 students this year Dean Trish Collett is keen to see it emulated.
?We had very high retention rates,? says WelTec Trades Academy Dean Trish Collett. ?That suggested students were happy coming here. Particularly . . . more
Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) Awards Honorary Degree to Tim Harding
Tim Harding is this year?s recipient of WelTec?s prestigious honorary degree. Tim was for six years the Chair of the New Zealand Drug Foundation and the inaugural chair of the Addiction Practitioners Association (DAPAANZ) for seven years. Although he recently handed over these chairing roles, Tim remai . . . more
"Fast-track" teaching scheme to launch
Teach First NZ and Auckland University are developing a programme where in February they will recruit 20 people who already have a degree and then place them in a programme which will train them for six weeks.
The purpose is to place these graduates in low-decile secondary schools and in subject areas where teachers are in short supply.
The cou . . . more
Growing Number of NZ Students Excel in International Examinations
New Zealand students have been recognised amongst the world?s best with the release of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results for 2011.
The 450 students who completed the Diploma in New Zealand represented less than 1% of the participants worldwide, however this small group have made their mark, producing impressive . . . more
Adjunct faculty to enhance students? learning at WaiarikiMonday, 16 January 2012, 4:40 pmPress Release: Waiariki Institute Of Technology
16 January 2012
Adjunct faculty created to make students? learning more authentic at Waiariki
Providing students with access to some of the leading movers and shakers in M?ori and iwi development has driven the establishment of an adjunct faculty wi . . . more
Industry training systems in other jurisdictions
Purpose of report
1. This report summarises industry training and vocational education systems in other countries. It provides information on government-subsidised industry training systems in:
- United Kingdom (England and Scotland)
- Republic of Ireland
- British Columbia
2. We chose t . . . more
Changes to Visa Rules for Group Students
Minister Joyce recently approved an amendment to the Group Student definition in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code). The change effectively meansthat group Students no longer need to apply for a group visa from Immigration New Zealand to be treated as Group Students under the Code. They can . . . more
20 December, 2011
150 more schools to receive network upgrades
The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, today confirmed the next 150 schools to receive government-subsidised internal network upgrades, in readiness for ultra-fast broadband.
The Ministry of Education?s School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) has so far upgraded networks in more than 700 state and state integrated scho . . . more
What are Charter Schools?
By Lloyd Burr TV 3 News
Charter schools have received a lot of attention this week after National and ACT revealed plans on Monday to roll them out in New Zealand.
The plan for the schools was floated by ACT in their confidence and supply agreement negotiations with National. It has now been signed and charter schools seem set to become a reality.
But what exactly . . . more
7 December, 2011
Strong progress in kaupapa Maori education
A glowing report on the work of Te Wananga Takiura o nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa Inc reflects credit on that institution, on Tawhirimatea and Kaa Williams and their staff and students, and also on the tenacity and passion of the leaders of the whole kaupapa Maori education movement, says Associate Minister of Educat . . . more
22 November, 2011
Whitireia and Weltec councils merge
Minister for Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce, is pleased to confirm the merger of the Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia) and Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) councils.
Mr Joyce?s approval of the merger is the first since new legislation for ITP governance was passed in 2009.
?It is an exciting development . . . more