ITENZ Conference 2024:
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Te Pae Āpōpō - Building Futures – Transformation, Quality, and Sustainability in Vocational and Tertiary Education

This years conference will explore the transformative forces, quality practices and sustainability considerations shaping vocational and tertiary education and the future of our learners.

Victory Convention CentreFreemans BayAuckland17 -18 September 2024

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Every year the ITENZ conference provides a unique opportunity to market and network with more than 125 private tertiary education providers and professionals to this two-day conference.

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Speaker Submission

We are thrilled to announce our Call for Speakers for the 2024 ITENZ Conference: Te Pae Āpōpō -Building Futures- Transformation, Quality and Sustainability in Vocational and Tertiary Education. 

The conference aims to explore the transformative forces, quality practices and sustainability considerations shaping vocational and tertiary education and the future of our learners.

As we navigate continual change in the tertiary and vocational education environment, and in the workplace, we seek speakers who can share their expertise, experiences, and innovative approaches.

We are keen to hear from speakers interested in making presentations or facilitating workshops relating to either domestic or international education.

Speaking proposals will be presented to a judging panel who will decide on the selected submissions. Authors of the selected submissions will be informed after the judging panel’s decisions. Please note: All successful speaker submissions accepted into the programme will need to pay conference registration fees.

Speaker submissions NOW CLOSED  

Sub-topics could include:


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Embracing digital transformation
  • Transformative learning practices
  • Programme design for tomorrow
  • Matauranga Māori
  • Preparing learners for employment
  • Navigating change


  • Leadership
  • Policy
  • Compliance
  • Teaching, learning and assessment best practice
  • Evaluating performance


  • Environmental sustainability in the organisation
  • Sustainability in the curriculum
  • Preparing learners for a sustainable future
  • Sustainable business practices

Speakers and Schedule

Esther Calley

Principal Relationship Manager, Tertiary Education Commission

Jae Stowers

Manager Customer Contact Group, Tertiary Education Commission

Dr Grant Klinkum

Chief Executive, NZQA

Katrina Sutich

General Manager Tertiary Policy, Te Pou Kaupaphere - Ministry of Education

Tim Fowler

Chief Executive, Tertiary Education Commission

Hon Penny Simmonds

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister

James Elliott

Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Mahsa McCauley

Founder, She Sharp



Gold Sponsor

Contact: Jill Tanner-Lloyd,

National Communications and Marketing Manager


m: 021 423 779

Visit to find out more about what Ako Aotearoa can provide.

Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, holds a vital place in Aotearoa‘s tertiary education sector; committed to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning across tertiary-level adult education.

Our work aims to strengthen how teachers, trainers and their organisations deliver high quality teaching and learning for all learners. We acknowledge the important space that independent and private training education providers hold in Aotearoa, and value the relationship we have maintained with ITENZ for many years.

With a focus on life-long and life-wide learning, our work aligns with the priorities of the Tertiary Education Strategy and we are guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all that we do. A valuable part of our work is partnering and collaborating with tertiary organisations, Government departments, industry and workplaces to prioritise educational and cultural capability building.

We advocate that diverse learners be valued as partners and leaders in their education journey. Our programmes and services are designed to assist tertiary organisations in delivering successful programmes for these learners.

Visit our website to find out more about what we do –

Silver Sponsor

Visit Canvas by Instucture to find out more about what Canvas by Instructure can provide.

The Canvas Learning Management Platform is developed and fully supported by Instructure, a SaaS technology company dedicated to helping people learn from the first day of school to the last day of work. Canvas delivers an extensible ecosystem that allows institutions to build a digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges they face.

Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies. Canvas is made up of a powerful set of highly integrated learning products that allow institutions to address the teaching and learning requirements with technology and innovation.

Canvas is a simple, engaging, reliable, and open Learning Management Platform that also facilitates easy integration with over 400+ education technology partners to support your digital campus today and well into the future.



Contact Name: Carol Leoncini
Phone: 0800 543 070

Wisenet is New Zealand’s leading vendor of premium compliant student and learning management software products. Our suite of integrated applications enable PTEs to manage each phase of the learner journey all via secure Cloud hosting giving our customers the freedom of accessing their data anywhere, any time and on any device.

Wisenet is proud of our long history in supporting the vocational training industry and 2023 will be Wisenet’s 14th year exhibiting at the ITENZ Conference. We look forward to the opportunity to connect with our customers and delegates to showcase our range of products developed specifically for PTEs.

“Host Families NZ is a proudly Kiwi-owned company, established in 2010, that offers homestay placements with welcoming families for both young and mature students, as well as interns. We ensure that our students, whether domestic or international, live in a warm, comfortable, and safe family environment, making their stay enjoyable and worthwhile. We take pride in partnering with organisations that want to extend their warm welcome to students through our caring families. With a large network of homestays across the country, we are well-equipped to meet urgent needs and accommodate students with diverse requirements.
Our Mission Is Simple: To Connect International Students With Safe And Friendly Kiwi Families.”

Contact Name: Chris Moore


For more information.

Public Trust has a long tradition of looking after the interests of New Zealanders – it’s what we’ve been doing since we were established in 1873. We are one of New Zealand’s largest trustee organisations; and a Crown Entity – our independence is guaranteed under the Public Trust Act 2001.

Public Trust is best known as New Zealand’s largest provider of wills and estate administration services. Some may be surprised at our range of products and services including legal, financial, investment, Trusts, estate administration and estate protection. In fact, wherever you are at in your life, we have the experience and expertise to help you protect and manage your family interests and assets.

Our Fee Protect product is New Zealand’s most widely used student fee protection service. Designed in consultation with education providers, Ministry of Education and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), we offer Standard, Static, and Bank Bond trust accounts. Our high quality service is personal, with dedicated client service managers and help-desk staff who are fully trained on Fee Protect and NZQA policy. We offer the only online standard trust solution that meets NZQA standards, which is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information.
Website: The New Zealand Qualifications Authority : NZQA

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is a Crown Entity with several key functions:

  • managing the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework
  • independently checking the quality of tertiary education providers, except universities
  • administering the Code of Pastoral Care
  • running the assessment system for secondary schools
  • recognising overseas qualifications
  • managing standard-setting for some unit standards and qualifications.

Tertiary providers can register with NZQA to assess against standards and deliver education leading to qualifications or micro-credentials on the New Zealand Qualification and Credentials Framework (NZQCF). Registered PTEs can also seek Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding.

Tertiary providers need to become signatories to the Code of Pastoral Care to enrol international students.

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.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is a Crown agency that leads the government’s relationship with the tertiary education sector, invests government funding in tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and provides career information from education to employment.

We invest over $3 billion into tertiary education and supporting the tertiary and careers system. We ensure New Zealanders are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for lifelong success. We fund over 700 TEOs to provide thousands of courses to hundreds of thousands of learners. We also monitor the performance of TEOs and provide information and advice to the government about tertiary education.

For more information.

SELMA is a Student Information System that caters to PTE’s, higher education, training, apprenticeship, social (MSD) and community providers. Our focus is on providing schools with a quality, reliable product so that they can deliver effective education solutions to their students. We also offer fully integrated compliance modules with direct reporting functionality to the SDR, ITR, NZQA, UFS, NSI and LNAAT.

Cloud Assess is the leading training and assessment platform for Registered Training Organisations, Training Providers and Workplaces. Addressing skill, compliance and knowledge gaps for frontline and deskless workers, Cloud Assess provides the tools, automation and user experience to boost training completion to improve compliance and safety whilst working seamlessly with existing tools and platforms.

For more information.
Website: Enform website

Welcome to Enform, Your technology partner. We are a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to delivering customized technology solutions that help our clients in the education sector, achieve their business objectives.

At Enform, we believe in being more than just a vendor; we strive to form long-term partnerships with our clients built on mutual trust, transparency, and accountability. Let us solve your IT issues, so you can focus on things that need your attention.

2023 Conference presentation slide PDFs are now available

You now have the chance to revisit several of the presentations at the 2023 conference. Check out the link below to have access to these files.

Access Presentation PDFs

Become an exhibitor

We invite you to join us for this promotional opportunity to showcase your products and services and to interact with prospective customers in the New Zealand PTE sector. 

Please browse the below details and when you are ready click the button below to book your stand for Auckland on the 17-18 September 2024.


Standard stand - $2,749 (excl GST)

We are thrilled to offer these stands at the same price as 2023!

  • 2.4m x 1.2m display space for 2 full conference days. Multiple stands are available too.
  • Black velcro walls 2.3m tall, side panels will extend out 1.2m
  • Fascia sign with company name – please complete the following form, printed logo option available at additional cost sign order form download here or see next page
  • LED Track Spotlights – wall mounted
  • Power and free Wi-Fi access
  • Refreshments: (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for two onsite staff).
  • Additional exhibition furniture and equipment are available with extra cost. Download the Service Catalogue for more details and fill in the hire form included and the Exhibition Hire Services will help you out.

12:00 – 5:00pm, 16 September 2024

17 September 2024, 8:00am – 5:00pm
18 September 2024, 8:00am – 3:00pm

Pack up:
18 September 2024, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Exhibition layout

Download the exhibition layout here

ITENZ Exhibition 24v01

Exhibition activities

Exhibition passport
A printed passport with exhibitors’ logo to encourage conference participants to engage with every exhibitor. The winners of the game will receive a donated gift from exhibitors.

Social cocktail function and Awards presentations
At the conclusion of Day 1 of the conference.


Become a sponsor

Become a Sponsorship partner at the 2024 ITENZ Conference and reap the benefits of having your organisation or product front and centre in the presentation of the Conference. ITENZ is the largest association in New Zealand with over 140 members/institutions covering all areas of tertiary education. Conference sponsorship provides a great opportunity to connect with professionals from the sector.

The ITENZ Annual Conference attracts delegates from across New Zealand, and the majority of attendees are education influencers and decision-makers, including management and chief executives from New Zealand tertiary institutions.


Access to influential private tertiary education professionals and decision makers External networking opportunities Unique, targeted, marketing and brand exposure Two days of primary exhibition space for major sponsors Potential exposure to large student numbers through the promotion of your company.

Gold sponsor (1 only) - $7,749 (excl GST)

1. One complimentary exhibition stand
2. Logo and link on conference promotional communication posts and emails as the primary sponsor (Gold sponsor only)
3. Branding on conference presentations
4. Provision for displaying sponsors own free standing banners at both sides of the main stage (Gold sponsor only)
5. Logo and link to company website on the conference webpages of the ITENZ website
6. Large logo on conference lanyard inserts
7. Logo and link to company website on printed conference programme and online schedule
8. Rotating ads on the main screen at refreshment time
9. At least 5 times verbal acknowledgement during conference.
10. 4 complimentary enrolments including all conference social activities.

Networking and Awards function Presenter - $2000 (excl GST)

1. Branding signage opportunity at event.
2. At least 5 times verbal acknowledgement during conference
3. Slot for brief Welcome message/address to attendees at start of presentations
4. Branding on conference website and conference materials in relation to Networking and Awards function.

Catering sponsor – POA

• Options for day or service sponsorships
• Announced at conference to delegates
• Logo and website URL on the the ITENZ website conference pages
• Signage available to be displayed during service to delegates.

Silver sponsors (up to 3) - $4,999 (excl GST)

1. One complimentary exhibition stand
2. Branding on conference slides
3. Logo and link to company website on the conference webpages of the ITENZ website
4. Logo on conference lanyard inserts
5. Logo and link to company website on printed conference programme and online schedule
6. Rotating ads on the main screen at refreshment time
7. At least 5 times verbal acknowledgement during conference
8. 3 complimentary enrolments including all conference social activities.

Conference session sponsors – $500 (excl GST)

1. Introduction to session
2. Logo on lectern duration

Annual awards category sponsor - $500 (excl GST)

1. Logo on the award certificate
2. Introduce/and present the award
3. Recognition on ITENZ awards website.
4. Sponsorship provided to the category winner

Other branded product/apparel sponsors – POA


Conference accommodation

Quest on Beaumont

Quest on Beaumont is conveniently located next door to the Victory Convention Centre where the ITENZ Conference is being held.  Centrally located, adjacent to Victoria Park, with views across to the City and is also just a short walk from the Wynyard Wharf, Viaduct Harbour and Downtown Auckland.  Easy and quick access on and off both the Northern & Southern motorways, provides easy access in and around the city. There’s an exciting restaurant and bar scene at your door. If the buzz has you tuckered out by sunset, Quest on Beaumont offers pantry delivery. All 34 spacious rooms are designed to make you feel welcome. Excellent disability access throughout the building and three accessible one-bedroom apartments to choose from, if required.

80 Beaumont Street, Freemans Bay (Adjacent to the Victory Convention Centre 250m / 2 min walk only)

Studio Apartment

The well-appointed Studio is flooded with natural light, and provides a stylish, open-plan space to unwind and relax. Each Studio features a comfortable king-size bed, apartment-controlled air conditioning, modern ensuite bathroom and fully equipped kitchenette. Work desks and high-speed access are also perfect for business travellers.

Rate is $215 including GST for 2 people, maximum occupancy is 2 people.

One Bedroom Apartment

You’ll feel right at home in Quest’s stylish One Bedroom Apartment. You’ve space to move with a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and wardrobe, a relaxed living area with sofa and LCD TV plus a fully equipped kitchen and European-style laundry. The modern bathrooms have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

Rate is $235 including GST.

Rates are GST inclusive and must be booked directly with the hotel. 

Additional Information 

Car Parking- $20 per night.  This is offsite, just 2 mins walk from hotel. (needs to be booked in advance)

Breakfast- We can provide an in-room continental pack $12 per person per day or alternatively the Craft Café on-site offers a full breakfast menu and charge-back facilities are available.


Bookings can be made directly with the Quest on Beaumont by Email: or Phone: 09 222 0180. Use the reference ITENZ Conference 2024 when making bookings.

Bookings can also be made via the Quest NZ app. Use the Code ITENZ24. The validity of the rate is from today 24.01.2024 through to 01.09.2024 (based on availability)

ITENZ Conference 2024

Venue and Location

Victory Convention Centre is a fabulous complex located at the hub of Victoria Park Tunnel exit, Fanshawe Street Interchange and tree-lined Victoria Park. With its beautiful bespoke 2200-seat, tiered auditorium; curving front foyer; and lofty break-out rooms, VCC can host concerts and conferences, symposiums, and small exhibitions and expos.

Paid Parking is available onsite on a first come basis. Check out Victory website for further details.


98 Beaumont St, Freemans Bay

Conference Social and Awards function17 September, 5:15pm - 6:45pm

The function will be hosted at The Oakroom, directly across Victoria Park from the Conference venue.

One of Auckland’s most historic and treasured landmarks, formerly a stable in the 1800’s, it has been carefully crafted in order to maintain a contemporary feel and enhance its historic features. The architectural design includes a stunning combination of solid oak, natural brick and soft lighting.

17 Drake Street, Victoria Park Market, Freemans Bay, Auckland

ITENZ Awards

The 2024 Awards will be held on the 17th of September at the Victory Convention Centre, Auckland as part of the 2024 Conference. Award winners will be published and a media statement released shortly after the event.

Check the criteria.

ITENZ Awards Criteria 2024

To nominate, you will need to fill in and upload this file as a PDF.


Complete the appropriate form, then “Save as pdf” to upload with the online awards submission form below.

Or if it is easier, you are welcome to download the PDF version of the application form and complete this and scan and return this via email to

ITENZ Awards Nomination form

Submission now close at 5 pm, Friday 19 July 2024.


ITENZ Supreme Award - Presented by Ako Aotearoa

This prestigious award, honours the category award winner that has demonstrated exceptional contribution to the outcomes of learners, and recognises their efforts.

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

This award honours individual tutors who have demonstrated outstanding teaching practices that engage learners, nurture confidence, and promote effective learning that enhances outcomes, and recognises their efforts.


ITENZ Outstanding Performance Award

This award honours individual staff members who have demonstrated exceptional contribution to develop and improve the quality and culture in their organisation, its students, staff and wider communities, and to recognise their efforts. This award is open to staff members except tutors, there being a specific award of Tutor of the Year Award.


ITENZ Provider of the Year Award

This award honours organisations that have demonstrated excellence in organisational capability and significant strategic leadership that impact positively on the business, its learners, staff, wider community and the industry, and recognises its efforts.

ITENZ Awards

ITENZ Award Winners 2023

ITENZ Supreme Award Winner

Susan Townshend, Le Cordon Bleu

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2023 on the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award, Susan Townshend.

This prestigious award, honours the category award winner that has demonstrated exceptional contribution to the outcomes of learners, and recognises their efforts.

Congratulations Susan on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2023.

ITENZ Provider of the Year Winner

Mission Ready HQ

Highly Commended: People Potential

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

Susan Townshend, Le Cordon Bleu

ITENZ Awards

ITENZ Award Winners 2022

ITENZ Supreme Award Winner

Raymond Trancel, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2022 on the recipient of the Tutor of the Year Award, Raymond Trancel.

This award is made in recognition that a category winner has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the best possible outcomes for learners. Raymond is a tutor par excellence, his passion for the sector and for teaching is unparalleled. In addition, he is committed to his own lifelong learning.

Unusually, perhaps, Raymond left a management role to return to full-time teaching.  Results have included the development of Zoom programmes for apprentices in remote locations and the seamless continuity of learning throughout periods of lockdown. He is committed to increasing the number of qualified female electrical inspectors in New Zealand and is passionate about Etco’s foundation programme to enable those who don’t have the necessary NCEA credits to enter an apprenticeship.

His contribution to the wider environment has resulted in other registered electricians considering teaching as a career. Raymond uses innovative assessment approaches and makes changes based on feedback and reflection. Congratulations Raymond on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2022.

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

Raymond Trancel, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

‘You can train someone to teach but there is one thing you cannot train into someone and that is passion, and Raymond has bucketloads of passion for learning and imparting teaching.’ This is from Etco’s General Manager Learning.

Many student comments demonstrate Raymond’s wide range of teaching strategies and techniques including, ‘Raymond has great techniques for getting people to understand. Once he was explaining power factor unity to me – and used the example of a pint of beer and the froth on top to help me understand’.

Raymond’s teaching and learning practices are respectful of gender, inclusive of learning environments, build positive and authentic relationships, and use formative assessment to monitor what his students can do and what they need to build on. “Raymond is the reason I was able to finish my apprenticeship. I was struggling but Raymond was always there, willing to give 110 percent to help me and others – and he got us across the line”.

At the Electrical Training Company (Etco) Raymond hasn’t just made changes to his teaching approach as a result of reflection on feedback, he’s led changes to the feedback process itself, developing more accessible online surveys so that all can learn from them.  That has resulted in much richer feedback from all sorts of students.

Highly Commended: Jude Robinson, Pacific Coast Technical Institute 

ITENZ Awards

ITENZ Awards 2021

ITENZ Supreme Award Winner

Steve Hallett, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2021 on the recipient of the 2021 Leadership Award, Steve Hallett.

This award is made in recognition that the category winner has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the best possible outcomes for learners.

The role of the board is not always recognised in the running of a successful PTE but this nomination demonstrates that a visionary leader can transform an organisation and produce excellent results for the students that it serves.
Steve is a stand-out leader, he has taken Etco in a new and very successful strategic direction, built a cross-sector board with diverse skill sets, recognised that Etco needed to be innovative and flexible to take on what were at that time unknown changes, recruited a Chief Executive with specific strengths to grow Etco, provided strong effective leadership and governance, had the courage and vision to change the old guard, and in addition serves on the Auckland Master Electricians executive.
Under Steve’s direction, results have been increased revenue, increased apprentices, and awards. His leadership has proved transformative for Etco. He leads collaborative processes, builds strong relationships, undertakes independent evaluation. Congratulations Steve on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2021.

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

Tony Burnham, Edvance

‘Your ways of teaching are hard to come by and I am learning more now than I ever managed to learn at school’.  This is from a student whose programme shifted suddenly online due to COVID-19.

Many student comments demonstrate Tony’s wide range of teaching strategies and techniques including, “I feel very lucky having Tony, he is very interactive, approachable, knowledgeable and he cares about our learning.  He made sure everyone was included and didn’t feel out of place.’  And “I learnt a lot of things and thought of things I would never have’.

Tony’s teaching and learning practices are respectful of cultures, inclusive of learning environments, build positive and authentic relationships, apply a needs-based approach to delivery, and use formative assessment to monitor what his students can do and what they need to build on.

At Edvance, the Pacific achievement is higher than for non-Pacific.  Tony achieves excellent outcomes for Reading, Writing and Numeracy with significant shifts in abilities. Importantly, he is reflective of his teaching and learning approaches and there is strong evidence that demonstrates his response to feedback and improvements made.

Highly Commended – Arden Carter, Pacific Coast Technical Institute

ITENZ Provider of the Year Award Winner


Edvance demonstrates excellent learner achievement, a focus on staff and their well-being, and a desire to impact the wider community.

A Māori or Pacific learner studying at Edvance is likely to achieve equally or better than non-Māori or non-Pacific people. Their Te Puni Kokiri cadetship programme in partnership with Auckland District Health Board aims to lift the number of Māori staff employed by ADHB. Another partnership, with Te Whangi trust, targets at-risk Māori youth to achieve life skills including communicating confidently, solving problems more effectively, planning for the future and their rights and responsibilities as employees.

Edvance tutors win Exceptional Adult Educator awards. They carry out voluntary “Days of Good”, like packing food parcels for needy Aucklanders. They sponsor the rescue helicopter and Coastguard.

Glowing client feedback reports staff getting everything they needed out of training by Edvance.

Today’s award is not a random result. Edvance has consistently reached high standards over 10 years with policies on strategic leadership and reflective practice to improve teaching and learning. This is a provider that is making a difference and contributing to improved graduate outcomes.

ITENZ Student of the Year Award

Alize Hawkins, Pacific Coast Technical Institute

Alize is from Te Whakatohea and Te Whanau Apanui and he is the youngest ever ITENZ Awards winner.

He started at the Youth Arm of the Pacific Coast Technical Institute at the age of 14 coming from full immersion Māori schools with Māori as his first language.  It was soon clear to his tutors that he was talented and capable.  He overcame insurmountable obstacles against all odds and with sheer dedication, commitment, and grit he excelled in everything he attempted.

Alize showed an extraordinary willingness to learn and succeed and has often been singled out by teachers as the student who is most excited, involved, and willing to learn in his practical application classes.  He was the recipient of the student of the year awards in 2019, 2020 at PCTI and is on track to receive it again this year.

As his academic confidence grew Alize took on roles of responsibility supporting other students and staff to learn Te Reo and leading students and staff as head of the group when attending Marae.

Alize’s story is a great story of student success.

ITENZ Outstanding Performance Award

Tania Fisken and Tanya Nunn, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

The two Ts, as they are known, share the role of Central North Island Region Administrator based in Rotorua.

They are the perfect combination of two people job-sharing seamlessly, ‘never skipping a beat’ to ensure the smooth operation of the organisation.  “Any business would run like clockwork if you could ‘cut and paste Tania and Tanya into it” was one of the many supporting comments.

They are exceptionally efficient and dedicated, remarkably good at communication, are proactive, and constantly go above and beyond what is expected to support students and tutors – often working outside working hours, these being the best times to make contact with their learners and apprentices.

Their job is wide reaching and includes responsibility for all the administration for the region, keeping track of attendance and progress of 500 students, in charge of enrolment for all industry courses for registered electricians, and for reporting to the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

At the heart of their work is the way they keep a close eye on all students, encouraging those that are falling behind and finding best possible ways to help them. Supporting evidence has come from within and outside Etco, including the Skills Organisation.
Highly Commended – Christine Ozich, Kalandra Education Group.

ITENZ Leadership Award Winner

Steve Hallett, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

Quiet dignity, unflappable, passionate, knowledgeable, courageous, visionary, insightful, some words used to describe Etco’s board chair, Steve Hallett.

How does Steve promote excellence and innovation? First he knows you need the right people. In his words, “We look at the skills set matrix and, as people retire, we actively seek directors with skills that will provide the strengths we need to develop a strong board with a sound understanding of good governance.”

Steve has steered the Etco board through some bold decisions about ground-breaking changes. A Board member said “Steve was by far the leader in that process. He was looking at what Etco looks like in 10-20 years. He had the ability to foresee a different future.”

He also knows that innovation requires investment. Under his leadership Etco has invested in learning technologies and student management systems, which have contributed to and enabled growth.

One of Steve’s great strengths is his ability to build strong mutual relationships. Under Steve’s leadership Etco has partnered with polytechnics, schools, government bodies and industry groups to advance the work of training electricians and other apprentices.
He is rightly judged Leader of the Year.