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Have your say on the Reform of Vocational Education

Throughout 2018, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) engaged with vocational education and training sector stakeholders, including learners (students, industry trainees and apprentices), employers, iwi, business, industry groups, local government, education and training providers and their staff, and a variety of peak bodies.

As a result of this engagement, this Government has three main proposals for change:

  • New roles for providers and industry bodies
  • A New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology serving all of New Zealand
  • A unified funding system

The consultation documents describe the proposed changes.

Engagement events

Public consultation meetings

Community engagement meetings and fono took place from 27 February 2019. The table below provides details of the locations, dates and times of these meetings. We are also engaging with iwi, separately.

Location Date Location Register
Tokoroa Fono Tuesday 12 March
6-9pm
Wintec Marae
Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa
Tristram Street
Hamilton
All Welcome
West Coast
Community meeting
Wednesday 13 March
4-6pm 
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
73-87 Tainui Street
Greymouth, 7840
Register
Napier
Community meeting
Wednesday 13 March
4-5:30pm
Eastern Institute Of Technology
501 Gloucester St
Taradale, Napier 4112
Register
Nelson
Community meeting
Thursday 14 March
5-7pm
NMIT - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
322 Hardy Street
Nelson, 7010
Register
Gisborne Friday 15 March
3-5pm
Eastern Institute of Technology
290-291 Palmerston Road
Gisborne, 4010
Register
Porirua Fono Monday 18 March
6.30-9.30pm

Whitireia Polytechnic
Room WK239&WK240
Wikitoria Katene Building
3 Wi Neera Drive
Elsdon

All welcome
Rotorua
Community meeting
Tuesday 19 March
5-7pm
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Mokoia Drive
Tihiotonga, Rotorua 3015
Register
Auckland
Community meeting
Wednesday 20 March
5-7pm
Unitec Institute of Technology
39 Carrington Road
Mount Albert
Auckland
Register
Palmerston North Community meeting Thursday 21 March
5-7pm
UCol (Palmerston North Campus)
Princess Street
Palmerston North
Register
Auckland
Fono
Friday 22 March
11-1pm
Unitec
Building 183, Room 1104
139 Carrington Rd
Mount Albert
Auckland
All Welcome
Auckland
Community meeting
Friday 22 March
5-7pm
MIT – Pasifika Community Centre
12 Otara Road
Otara, Auckland 4112
Register
Blenheim
Community meeting
Monday 25 March
4-5pm
Marlborough District Offices, Council chambers
15 Seymour Street
Blenheim, 7201
Register

Institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) meetings

We met with ITPs across the country and held sessions for staff and students. Below are the dates and locations of where these meetings took place. 

Hamilton

12 March

Wintec

West Coast

13 March

Tai Poutini
(includes community event)

Napier

13 March

EIT
(includes community event)

Nelson

14 March

NMIT
(includes community event)

New Plymouth

19 March

WITT

Rotorua

19 March

Toi Ohomai
(includes community event)

Auckland

19 March

MIT

Auckland

20 March

UniTec
(includes community event)

Palmerston North

21 March

UCOL
(includes community event)

Sector, partner and stakeholder meetings

In addition, by invitation, we held hui and engagments with Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, Industry Training Organisations, wānanga and other tertiary education and industry stakeholders. Below is a list of the meetings that took place. Not all meetings have been listed.

Auckland

22 March
25 March

Christchurch

19 March

Gisborne

15 March
19 March
25 March

Hamilton

12 March

New Plymouth

21 March

Porirua

14 March

Rotorua

20 March

Tauranga

21 March

Wellington

13 March
14 March
15 March
18 March
19 March
20 March
21 March
22 March
25 March
26 March
27 March

 

Additional information

These factsheets may help you to understand the proposals:

Additional information on is available at these links:

Information concerning the decision-making process for the Reform of Vocational Education proposals can be found at the following links:

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us at Vocationaleducation.Reform@education.govt.nz or on 0800 462 543.