Council functions and duties


Section 180 of the Education Act 1989 provides that the functions of TEI[1] Councils are:

  • to appoint a Chief Executive in accordance with the State Sector Act 1988
  • to prepare and submit a proposed plan if the institution is seeking funding under a funding mechanism that provides for funding via plans:
  • if the institution has a plan, -
    • to ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with that plan; and to determine policies to implement that plan:
    • to determine, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs
  • to undertake planning relating to the institution’s long term strategic direction.


Section 181 of the Education Act 1989 provides that it is the duty of each TEI Council, in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers, to:

  • strive to ensure that the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training, and research
  • acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi 
  • encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by the institution so as to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities with particular emphasis on groups in those communities that are under-represented among the students of the institution
  • ensure that the institution does not discriminate unfairly against any person
  • ensure that the institution operates in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the institutions long term viability
  • ensure that proper standards of integrity, conduct, and concern are maintained for:
    • the public interest, and
    • the wellbeing of students attending the institution.

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