Who we are

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Last updated 16 November 2016
Last updated 11/16/2016

At the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC), we have a big challenge – ensuring New Zealanders have the skills and the knowledge they need to ensure lifelong success.

We have a staff of around 200 people from many different backgrounds, who are critical to our ability to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs) .  We’re governed by a Board of Commissioners and led by a Senior Management Team. If you work in the tertiary sector or for a TEO and want to know more about us, contact your Investment Manager or our Sector Helpdesk.

Our name and logo

The TEC's name, Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua, was inspired from the whakatauākī of Canon Wi Tetau Huata from the tribes of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Kahungunu. During the Second World War, Canon Wi is said to have called out this whakatauākī to rally and inspire his troops. Canon Wi served his iwi and country with mana . His legacy lives on through his work and we’re extremely fortunate to be able to relate to that legacy through our name.

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The knowledge basket

The TEC logo symbol is about connections. The symbol represents interwoven leaf forms of the harakeke , growing outwards. 

These reflect Māori and Pasifika motifs of raranga . Our logo is about connections and is an interpretation of te kete mātauranga .

Harakeke is strong as a single leaf, but when woven together with other leaves it becomes even stronger. The woven pattern of our logo reaches outwards. This represents the open way of working with our partners, but also is an expression of reaching out to the learners to help them achieve their aspirations.