ITENZ partners with Rothbury Insurance Brokers

ITENZ and Rothbury Insurance Brokers have partnered to provide ITENZ members with a streamlined option for all of their insurance needs.

Members will benefit from dedicated direct contacts, updates and informational webinars,  as well as from some additional funding for membership activities, gained through a share of any commissions. Over time, Rothbury will develop a strong understanding of the insurance needs of PTEs and the best products and services to support them.

Brigitte Windsor, General Manager, Partnerships and Facilities says, "We’re delighted to be in a new partnership with ITENZ and look forward to establishing a great working relationship with your members."  

Rothbury have been in business since 1950 and have helped protect the assets of over 53,000 Kiwis and businesses over the last year and across 25 locations nationwide.

"As the third largest Insurance Broker in New Zealand,  we pride ourselves on providing personal service and quality advice, which is more important than ever amid the economic and environmental factors currently influencing personal and business insurance."

"We’re are looking forward to working with members of ITENZ to review their current insurance arrangements ensuring they have the right cover in place to protect their business and assets.

We also offer customised Employee Benefits plans for staff engagement and retention as well as looking after your own personal home, contents, motor and private marine insurances.  All of which will go towards helping ITENZ provide the best membership benefits.

All of our branches have dedicated Claims Advisers to manage the entire claims process and advocate on the client's behalf for the best possible outcome.

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Ministry of Education research highlights quality of PTEs

A recently published MoE report on the results of the External Evaluation and Review (EER) process from 2010 to 2022 shows that PTE quality is continually improving across all of the areas measured.

The report analyses category ratings, statements of confidence and Key Evaluation Question (KEQs) ratings and provides some insights into factors that affect quality ratings.

A similar report on the public ITP sector was published in 2023


AI expert and diversity advocate, Dr Mahsa McCauley, to be featured speaker at the 2024 ITENZ Conference

Dr. Mahsa McCauley is a respected Senior Lecturer and the Director of Women in Tech at Auckland University of Technology, School of Computer, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences. With a strong expertise in AI and machine learning, she is widely recognized as a leader in her field.

Mahsa will be a featured speaker at the 2024 ITENZ Conference in Auckland

Passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in the technology industry, Mahsa is the founder of She Sharp, a charitable trust dedicated to empowering women in technology through networking and learning opportunities. Through She Sharp, she actively encourages young girls in New Zealand to explore the exciting possibilities of pursuing careers in technology.

Mahsa's efforts to bridge the gender gap in tech have earned her numerous accolades. She was honored as the Emerging Leader category winner in the 2013 Westpac Women of Influence Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. In recognition of her commitment to equal pay, she received the Champion Award at the 2019 YWCA Equal Pay awards. Her outstanding contributions have also been acknowledged with the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2020.

Additionally, Mahsa's dedication to cybersecurity and her invaluable contributions earned her the Unsung Hero Award at the Women in Cybersecurity awards in 2023. Her multifaceted achievements and tireless efforts to create positive change exemplify her unwavering commitment to championing women in technology and fostering an inclusive industry.

PTEs deliver a wide range of qualifications and training across New Zealand

New Zealand’s Private Tertiary Establishments (PTEs) provide a wide mix of quality education options for hundreds of thousands of domestic and overseas learners each year.

There are 381 registered PTEs with over 1,300 sites throughout the country. Just over half of these are funded to deliver New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved qualifications.

Research commissioned by ITENZ found that during 2022:

  • PTEs offered 1,665 different programmes to learners, leading to 800 qualifications
  • PTEs arranged training for 16,975 industry-based apprentices and trainees, accounting for approximately 11 per cent of all industry-based learners
  • 52,440 learners were enrolled in funded PTEs – 92 per cent were domestic students and eight per cent were fee-paying international learners
  • 2,310 international students were enrolled at unfunded PTEs – including 1,565 at English language schools (ELS)
  • Hundreds of thousands of learners also participated in other programmes at PTEs, including non-formal learning and/or on-the-job training and courses shorter than one full week (e.g., first aid or workplace health and safety)
  • The 184 funded PTEs employed 6,850 staff. However, total staff numbers including unfunded PTEs may be double this number

Read the full article here.

Research shows NZ Private Tertiary Establishments deliver a quality experience for learners

New Zealand’s Private Tertiary Establishments (PTEs) are delivering a quality education experience for domestic learners and international students that adds considerable value to learners, the workforce and the economy. A major new study, commissioned by Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), conducted by NielsenIQ, and with support from Education New Zealand found that:

  • PTEs perform at a similar level to universities and wānanga on qualification completion rates and better than institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs)
  • NZQA’s external evaluation and review process (EER) places 95 per cent of PTEs in category 1 or 2, indicating high confidence or confidence in their educational performance
  • 91 per cent of PTE international students rate their experience as positive
  • Māori learners at PTEs outperform those in ITPs on qualification completion overall, at all levels except post-graduate
  • Pasifika learners at PTEs achieve higher qualification completion than all other types of tertiary provider.


Read the full article here

75% of New Zealanders believe international students benefit New Zealand

75% of New Zealanders believe international students benefit New Zealand according to a research report published by Education New Zealand. The 1100 respondents identified economic benefits as the most important contribution but also recognised other benefits, such as learning about other cultures. Despite this strong support, there are still some areas of public concern, such as the impact on infrastructure.



Brighter Futures - studying with PTEs

Brighter Futures

Look forward to a brighter future through a private training establishment (PTE), specialists in foundation-level qualifications, diplomas, degrees and apprenticeships.

PEOPLE WHO MAKE the films you watch, run your business’s digital marketing campaigns, make electricity work in your factory or office, maybe even those piloting your plane – chances are they studied with a private training establishment (PTE).

Kia ora magazine


It is one year since we published this article in Air New Zealand's Kia Ora magazine, highlighting success stories from ITENZ-member PTEs. The stories are as relevant today.

Read the full article here


New report provides support for role of WDCs and argues for a greater QA role

A new report by The Business Performance Team states that there is strong support for Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) from industry and other stakeholders and argues that there is a case to give the WDCs a greater role in the QA process.

The report is based on interviews with a range of industry and vocational education system stakeholders and a review of documents from the RoVE development and implementation process. It provides some background, describes the differences between the ITO and WDC systems and highlights what stakeholders value in the new system. It also identifies possible future directions for WDCs, including the suggestion that they pick up more of NZQA’s role.


Read the full report here




ITENZ welcomes new board members

We are very pleased to welcome two new members to the ITENZ Board, Alex McKegg and Patrick Rennell.


At the same time, we say farewell to three long-serving members, Paul Chalmers, Jeremy Sole, and Sandra Hutton.


Patrick Rennell has been involved with the tertiary education sector for over 20 years in New Zealand, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Starting career as tutor and lecturer at Massey University and WelTec he has also held management positions within business schools in Australian College of Kuwait and Bahrain Polytechnic.

Patrick is the Chief Executive of the Horowhenua Learning Centre Trust.  A charitable trust PTE with a focus on youth social services, foundation & vocational education, and employment support. HLC/LTTM is based in Levin with satellites campuses in Palmerston North, Kapiti and the Wairarapa and delivers programmes through literacy & numeracy, Youth Guarantee, SAC 1-2, and SAC 3+ funding. Through its social services and employment operations the Trust also contracts to the Ministries of Education, Social Development, Health, Youth Development and Pacific Peoples.Patrick has a wealth of experience in education management and academic governance. He is the Chair of the Education Horowhenua, a Horowhenua District Council (HDC) education sector steering group, a member of the HDC Community Wellbeing Committee and the Kapiti District Council Education Hub Committee.

He is a strong advocate for the PTEs and the value they bring to the education sector in New Zealand.


Alex McKegg is the Academic Manager (and at times Acting-General Manager) for Edvance Workplace Training. Edvance specialises in delivering workplace literacy and numeracy education. Edvance also delivers foundation skills training in the community utilising Intensive Literacy and Numeracy and ACE funding.

Alex’s prior roles have included those as an Academic Director and as an independent contractor supporting PTE, Wananga and ITPs to build quality systems. This drew on her experience as a Lead Evaluator and Consistency Reviewer for NZQA.

Prior to working with NZQA Alex held a number of leadership and development roles in foundation studies and literacy and numeracy training with the Tertiary Education Commission and Unitec. Alex has been a member of the ITENZ Academic Managers’ forum, Foundation and Bridging Educators NZ (FABENZ) and the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA).

Alex is passionate about making education accessible, relevant and engaging for all learners. Alex is married to Mark and has three grown sons.


ITENZ Conference 2023 brings together leaders from across the PTE, VET, and international education sectors.

For two days, leaders from across PTE, VET, and international education sectors came together to discuss, question and collaborate on the future of PTEs and tertiary education in Christchurch.

TEC, Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, summed up the mood with a Linkedin post on Day One. “Having a great day at the annual ITENZ conference in Christchurch. PTEs do an amazing job and fulfill an important role in the tertiary education system.”

With over 150 people present, including the Minister of Education, politicians from the four main parties, chief executives and representatives from government agencies, WDCs, and CoVEs, exhibitors from complimentary industries, and delegates from PTEs, the conference provided a wonderful opportunity to learn, share and network.

The chance to network with senior staff from government was described by one attendee as “gold” and another as “awesome” while many others singled out networking with fellow providers, speakers, and exhibitors as a highlight.


“Brilliant conference, great organisation and opportunities to network.”


Delegates were treated to a wide range of plenary and breakout sessions. Alan Kan’s session on ChatGPT was particularly popular, as were sessions resilience, wellbeing, engaging wahine Māori and an update on international education. A highlight on Day Two was the political panel, comprising representatives from the four main political parties presenting their policies.

In feedback, 98% of respondents gave the conference 4 or 5 out of 5 on the satisfaction scale.


“Having the ability to network was awesome. The food was incredible! Coffee even better! The Trade Stands were great also. Always good to get insight into other options for Student Management systems etc”