Archived News

Archived News

Last updated 19 May 2017
Last updated 05/19/2017

Archived News items







31 March 2017

We take complaints seriously

Tim Fowler, our Chief Executive, was on Radio New Zealand this morning discussing the issues raised recently on the pressures some tertiary education staff indicate they feel. 

30 March 2017

Changing lives one word at a time

Private training establishment English Language Partners isn’t just providing its learners with an education – it’s changing communities.

23 March 2017

A fun tool for everyday life

More than 11,000 young people have used the Pathways Awarua Road Code online learning pathway to get them ready for their learner’s licence.

22 March 2017

Auditing is all about the evidence

For tertiary education organisations (TEOs) it can be daunting facing a TEC audit, especially if it’s their first time. 

21 March 2017

Productivity Commission releases its tertiary education report

The Productivity Commission has published its final report on its inquiry into New Models of Tertiary Education. 

14 March 2017

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners to pass on valuable insights

About 88% of new graduates surveyed so far by our new MyQ online survey are satisfied with their qualification.

8 March 2017

New Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence announced

The University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington have both been successful in their bids to host new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).

7 March 2017

New funding allocation spreadsheet available

We have published the latest funding allocation figures for all tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that we invest in. 

7 March 2017

New functionality in our information products

We are continuing to work on providing great information and tools that can help you explore your own and sector data in interesting and useful ways. 

6 March 2017

Our two new graduates think we're cool

We have recently taken on two university graduates under our Graduate Development Programme. We started the programme in 2015 to contribute to the career development of high potential graduates.

3 March 2017

Better together – ICT staff working on the Careers Transition

When the Government announced the proposed transfer of Careers NZ to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) last year, detailed planning began to ensure a seamless transition.

1 March 2017

Kura to Career pilot aims to lift achievement for 200 Māori learners

We have contracted Waikato Tainui and Ngāi Tahu to deliver a two-year pilot to help 200 Māori secondary school students in their regions develop better career pathways.

27 February 2017

Ensuring effective use of the literacy and numeracy assessment tool

We shared Assessment Tool usage data last year and had subsequent conversations with tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

22 February 2017

New manager ready for next evolution of our monitoring and compliance

Dean Winter, our new Monitoring and Crown Ownership manager, is not someone to baulk at a challenge.

20 February 2017

Engagement workshops to explore opportunities

When the Government announced last year that Careers NZ (CNZ) would transfer to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) in 2017, the challenge of delivering an improved career system was laid.

20 February 2017

TEIs now eligible to sponsor a partnership school

The Ministry of Education's fifth application round to establish partnership schools is the first in which tertiary education institutions (TEIs) are eligible to apply.

20 February 2017

Domestic students studying overseas now funded

Information for New Zealand citizens and New Zealand permanent residents who study overseas at a campus or delivery site of a New Zealand tertiary education organisation (TEO) in approved countries.

17 February 2017

We have published our BIM

We have published our Briefing to our Incoming Minister (BIM) – the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Paul Goldsmith. 

16 February 2017

My Provision app now available for ITOs

The latest addition to our information product library, the My Provision - ITR app, reflects how industry training organisations (ITOs) track and measure their impact.

15 February 2017

Fiji delegation impressed with our progress and data systems

The Fiji Higher Education Commission has much to think about after visiting us last week to learn about our approach to reporting and monitoring.

10 February 2017

It’s people first for our new Deputy Chief Executive

Mike Blanchard, our new Deputy Chief Executive Operations, is passionate about people and creating high-performing teams. 

10 February 2017

Sector group proved a valuable sounding board for our strategy

Last year, the Investment Approach Sector Reference Group allowed us to test our thinking with the sector about some of our key initiatives.

9 February 2017

Funding conditions for 2017 now published in Fund finder

We have started updating the Fund finder section of our website to reflect the new ministerial funding mechanisms for each fund and our funding approval documentation.

30 January 2017

Implementing our new Pasifika Operational Strategy

We are planning to engage widely this year to find out what actions and initiatives have worked well to help Pasifika learners succeed in tertiary education.

25 January 2017

Minister opens new home for world-renowned Dunedin Study

Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith today opened a new purpose-built permanent home for the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Study.

19 January 2017

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners to pass on valuable insights

In December we launched MyQ, a new information tool to give prospective students access to information about the value and relevance of tertiary qualifications.

16 January 2017

Consultation on TEI Financial Monitoring Framework

We are reviewing the Financial Monitoring Framework for tertiary education institutions to ensure it is still fit for purpose.

10 January 2017

Exploring our information products

In November we launched a new suite of information products to give tertiary education organisations (TEOs) access to information about their own organisation, the sector, and the tertiary environment.



20 December 2016

Funding letters set clear parity expectations

Our 2017 funding letters sent to the sector in November and December set clear expectations for tertiary education organisations attaining parity of participation and achievement.

20 December 2016

We have a new Minister

Prime Minister Bill English has appointed Paul Goldsmith as the new Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and confirmed Louise Upston as Associate Minister.

16 December 2016

Results of SAC levels 3 and 4 competitive pilot published

The Student Achievement Component (SAC) levels 3 and 4 competitive funding outcomes have been published.

14 December 2016

Leading the conversation about data 

Many organisations recognise the value of data, but are often unsure about how to use it says Data Future Partnerships Chair Dame Diane Robertson.

13 December 2016

CoRE funding contributes to research into slowing onset of dementia 

New Zealand’s first Dementia Prevention Research Clinic at the University of Auckland has begun a collaborative research trial.

13 December 2016

Crown Manager appointed at Tai Poutini Polytechnic

A Crown Manager has been appointed at the West Coast-based Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today. 

13 December 2016

Library of Congress acknowledges national literacy centre's best practice 

The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults (National Centre) has received international acknowledgment from the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program.

7 December 2016

A refreshed, improved website built on a solid partnership 

The launch of our refreshed website last month was made possible by a successful partnership between the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) and Ministry of Education (MoE).

7 December 2016

Working with the sector: Preparing for the 2018 Quality Evaluation 

The smooth running of the Performance-based Research Fund’s 2018 Quality Evaluation process this year has benefited from the guiding hand of its Sector Reference Group.

6 December 2016

Making tertiary studies in engineering more relevant 

New research commissioned by Engineering e2e has found that engineering graduates need to have personal, interpersonal and cognitive capabilities as well as technical knowledge and skills.

30 November 2016

Online modules promote health and safety  

A number of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and employers are successfully using new online literacy training to promote health and safety in everyday life.

22 November 2016

School to work pilot is a win-win for students and marine and composites industry

Our pilot school-to-work programme for senior secondary students with the marine and composites industry is gaining momentum.

22 November 2016

Research gives insights into how to engage Pasifika youth 

Careers New Zealand has released new research that shows study and careers resources need to be fun, simple, visual and culturally relevant to engage Pasifika youth.

17 November 2016

2016 Roadshow presentations and survey

Information about our 2016 Roadshow, held in October 2016 in four regional centres – Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch. 

17 November 2016

SAC competitive processes encourage quality provision at competitive prices 

Providers were advised of the results and outcomes of the Student Achievement Component (SAC).

9 November 2016

Our refreshed website 

Welcome to our refreshed website!

9 November 2016

Our new online tools 

We have launched our secure portal, Ngā Kete, and three new information products to make it easier for tertiary education organisations to securely access and explore up-to-date information.

9 November 2016

Te reo Māori - our translation 

One of the features of our new website is that some of the key information, including page titles and landing page summaries, has been translated into te reo Māori.

9 November 2016

Vocational training sector explores how to adapt to change  

A common theme at the NZ Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Forum was the changing nature of workplaces and workplace skill needs.

9 November 2016

 Communities of Learning helping learners achieve their full potential 

The Ministry of Education is encouraging tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to join Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in their area.

9 November 2016

Youth under-employment broader than attitude 

The lack of connection between young people and employers in South Auckland is the subject of a new government initiative and report released recently.

19 October 2016

TEC monitoring of Lincoln University sees $1.5 million repaid to the Crown 

Lincoln University has repaid $1.5 million (GST exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after an independent investigation.   

15 September 2016

Four reviews into Tertiary Education Organisations released  

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has today released four reviews that were initiated after a new approach to data analysis was introduced last year.

23 June 2016

Breach means training provider must repay $1.47 million 

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) following an investigation.

12 May 2016

TEC confirms two investigations

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today confirmed it has commissioned investigations at Lincoln University’s Telford Division and at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.



23 October 2015

 Training provider in breach of funding conditions told to repay TEC $6.2 million 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) says Agribusiness Training Ltd has been told to repay $6.24 million after an independent investigation found it had failed to deliver some vocational education.

7 September 2015

Breach means training provider must repay $7.5 million 

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Taratahi) is to repay $7.5 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after an independent investigation.

2 July 2015

Investment in tertiary education well monitored 

Oversight of the Government’s $2.8 billion investment in tertiary education is sound, an independent review says.



11 November 2014

Investigation at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki completed 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have completed an investigation into practices at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).

1 October 2014

Investigation at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi completed 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have completed an investigation into practices at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWOA).