Our objectives

ITENZ is the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), a national organisation representing private tertiary institutions in New Zealand.

The Association is the largest association covering all areas of tertiary education and is recognised by the Government and government agencies as the main representative of the sector .

ITENZ is dedicated to uniting the private tertiary education (PTE) sector and representing the collective membership in a competitive and challenging political environment.

The key objectives of the Association are:

  • to lobby on behalf of members
  • to represent the sector at Government and agency meetings
  • to provide current, accurate and timely information to both government and members
  • to run a stimulating and interesting Conference which will keep members up to date and provide relevant workshops and networking opportunities
  • to provide member education
  • to work always to increase the credibility and quality of the sector
  • to provide a regular publication with a comprehensive look at issues

The Association always seeks to work closely with the Minister, MPs and officials from the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

NZQA have noted that it sees real value in PTEs being part of peak bodies as it allows for the sharing of good practice, the aggregation of sector views and an effective means for two way engagement between the PTE sector and NZQA. They have also noted that there is a positive correlation between peak body membership and a PTE understanding and meeting quality assurance expectations.

If you are a private tertiary educator and are not part of our organisation, you are warmly invited to join with us, communicating, negotiating and growing together.