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  • Event registration update

    Upcoming events in the following markets are open:

    • Europe (EAIE)

    • India

    • Indonesia

    • Korea (inaugural New Zealand fair)

    • Malaysia

    • Thailand (OCSC Fair).

     Registration for ENZ events in Japan and Thailand has now closed.

     For more information and to register, see

  • NZIEC 2018: Register for AFS pre-conference workshops

    The partnership will see AFS deliver breakout sessions throughout conference as well as two pre-conference workshops exploring the conference theme of Inspiring Global Citizens.

    AFS is a leading global organisation promoting international study, with education and volunteer programmes across 98 countries empowering people of all ages and backgrounds with intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding.

    Grant McPherson, ENZ Chief Executive, said the partnership reflects New Zealand’s vibrant international education ecosystem.

    “AFS has a well-established track record of fostering global citizens so we’re delighted to have AFS contribute its expertise to our conference discussions relating to global citizenship,” said Grant.

     “NZIEC delegates may be particularly interested in exploring practical ways in which they can implement global competence within their institutions at AFS’ two in-depth pre-conference workshops.”

    AFS New Zealand National Director, Doris Cuthell, is excited about showcasing the organisation’s expertise at NZIEC.

    “AFS is honored to be a programme partner at such an event as the NZIEC.

    “We invite NZIEC delegates to join our pre-conference workshops and conference sessions for an opportunity to explore the area of global competence, which is a crucial component for any quality international education programme.”

    In addition to its breakout and pre-conference sessions, delegates can connect with AFS at their stand in the Expo Hall. 

    Register now for AFS pre-conference workshops

    AFS is offering two interactive pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 8 August. Numbers are limited. Secure your place through the links below.

    Pre-conference workshop 1: Global competence in international education: What is it? Why does it matter? How can I foster it?

    This workshop explores the concept of global competence, why it is of growing importance and why your organisation should be engaging with it.

    You will have a chance to participate in experiential activities that enhance intercultural skills. We will discuss strategies for implementing these activities in different settings and identify ways to turn brief experiences into long-lasting learning for your audience.

    Find out more and register here 

    Pre-conference workshop 2: High-tech solutions for global competence programmes

    Research shows that merely coming into contact with cultural differences doesn’t develop global competence in students. However, students do develop these skills when taught within a developmental, experiential and holistic framework.

    This workshop offers three frameworks that can provide a foundation for your curriculum to build global competence in both inbound and outbound students.

    Find out more and register here

    Conference dates

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 9-10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on 8 August.

    Registration for pre-conference workshops is now open. Registration for conference will open in late May. Find out more at 

  • Get ready for NZIEC 2018

    Previous NZIEC attendees should keep an eye on their inboxes this week for a special link to confirm their place. Registration for everyone else will open next week. 

    With only 600 places available, we expect a sell-out event, so be sure to get in quick to avoid missing out!

    What’s on offer at NZIEC 2018?

    NZIEC 2018 centres on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens, and how we can leverage our international education activity to foster global citizenship across the diverse communities of New Zealand.

    We’ll kickstart conference by exploring how we can have global impact from New Zealand with our Inspire Keynote Speaker Yoseph Ayele, Chief Executive of the Edmund Hillary Foundation.

    The digital journeys of international students will be under the microscope by Dr Shanton  Chang from the University of Melbourne. Dr Chang will share his surprising insights into the online behaviours of international students as they move across countries.

    We’ll investigate what our industry can learn from Xero’s Anna Curzon as she outlines how we can develop partnerships for global success. The Xero experience in developing partnerships with customers, partners and others has helped make it Forbes’ Most Innovative Growth Company for two consecutive years.

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    L-R: Yoseph Ayele, Shanton Chang and Anna Curzon.

    We’re also bringing the international student voice into our plenary sessions with international students talking to delegates about their experiences living and studying in Aotearoa. We anticipate this will provide interesting and heartfelt life stories that delegates can reflect upon. 

    Our Expo Hall has sold out with an amazing array of partners joining us to connect and engage with delegates over the two days. And, as ever, we have a surprise or two up our sleeves – stay tuned in the lead-up to conference to find out more!

    Programme format changes

    This year, we’ve put back-to-back complementary breakout sessions together into 1hr 20-minute sessions. While you are still free to sneak between sessions, we hope this format will help reduce the amount of time you have to spend navigating around the venue and allows you time to really focus on a particular theme. 

    We’ve also staggered the timing of our pre-lunch breakout sessions, with some starting 15 minutes earlier than others to help reduce those dreaded lunch queues. 

    Pre-conference workshops

    Remember to check out the pre-conference workshops offered by our programme partner, AFS New Zealand. These workshops are a great way to grapple with global competence in an in-depth way prior to conference kicking off the following morning. You can register for these breakouts direct with AFS or during registration.

    About NZIEC

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 August. Find out more about NZIEC at

  • Ministers to address NZIEC 2018

    Chris Hipkins

    Chris Hipkins

    NZIEC 2018 marks Chris Hipkins’ first address to conference delegates as Minister of Education, after speaking to delegates last year in his capacity as Opposition Spokesperson. Minister Hipkins will be outlining his priorities for the international education portfolio on Friday morning.

    Minister Iain Lees-Galloway will be speaking for the first time at NZIEC and is scheduled to address delegates on Thursday morning.


    ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson welcomes the involvement of the Ministers in NZIEC.

    Ian Lees-Galloway

    Ian Lees-Galloway

    "The involvement of two of the most important Ministers for international education at NZIEC shows the importance of our annual hui for industry. We are delighted to welcome both Ministers to NZIEC 2018.”

    Held over two days, NZIEC 2018 focuses on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens. It features a sell-out crowd of 600 delegates and the largest number of industry presenters yet.

    If you aren’t attending conference, you can follow developments on Twitter with the hashtag #nziec. We will also be reporting on conference news in the E-News following conference.

    NZIEC 2018 sold out

    Registration for NZIEC has closed. Due to venue capacities, we are unable to accept any more delegates.

    Email if you would like to be added to the registration waitlist.

  • Agent training webinars for Malaysia and Thailand

    The webinars will provide updates on popular study options, student entry requirements, scholarships, visa processing, through to employment and career pathway opportunities in New Zealand.

    Speakers will include New Zealand institution representatives as well as ENZ and Immigration New Zealand staff.

    ENZ’s International Market Manager for Southeast Asia, John Mollo, says “We see these webinars as a way to provide the tools, training and intelligence that agents need to better promote New Zealand.”

    The Malaysia Agent webinar is scheduled for 21 May at 10am local time and agents can register here

    The Thailand Agent webinar is scheduled for 22 May at 10am local time and agents can register here

    Please note: Registration for these webinars is for education agents only. ENZ is running a separate series of webinars for New Zealand education institutions.

    Other country webinars are being planned and we will open registration shortly.

    Agent market

    Date and local time of webinar


    Tuesday 18 June, 10am


    Tuesday 16 July, 10am


    Monday 1 July, 10am


    Tuesday 20 August, 10am

    Viet Nam

    Tuesday 10 September, 10am

  • ENZRA fairs in India

    To register, select the event you want to attend online, click ‘Contact Us’ and enter your details. An email will go directly to the agent who will provide you with a registration link. Registration for ENZRA fairs will be on a first in first served basis.

    Register here

  • NZIEC and SIEBA partner for the school sector

    ENZ is pleased to welcome SIEBA as NZIEC’s programme partner, offering a range of sessions and workshops of value to school sector delegates.

    SIEBA is the association for international education in New Zealand schools and has more than 350 member schools across the country. It has become an influential agency both within New Zealand and internationally.

    NZIEC will be this year’s most important event for international education professionals in the school sector. The programme features a wide range of sessions specifically designed to add value for delegates from primary and secondary schools.

    Dr Stephen Holmes, one of the world’s foremost experts on school marketing and reputation, will lead two workshops on ‘Authentic Marketing’ and ‘Evidence Led Positioning and Planning’ and offers school delegates the opportunity of one-on-one sessions during NZIEC.

    Attendees will also gain valuable market insights from Japan, our Country of Honour, and can hear about the new school sector strategy for Vietnam and how to get involved.

    Back by popular demand is the SIEBA schools’ luncheon, an opportunity to gather with sector colleagues to hear inspirational speakers and to network.  

    You will be able to meet with the SIEBA team during the conference as they will have a stand in the EXPO.

    Have you registered yet?

    If you still haven’t registered, make sure you don’t miss out. Places are filling up fast.

  • Register for ENZ’s market intelligence webinars for South Korea and Japan

    An ENZ market intelligence webinar for Korea has been organised and registration is now open. It will offer local market updates and insights and share Immigration New Zealand updates.

    Registration is also open for an ENZ market intelligence webinar focusing on the Japanese market. This will include local market updates and insights, 2020 dates and regional engagements and NZQA Amendments to the Code of Practice.

    ENZ’s Director Asia, John Laxon, said the industry webinars will be a great opportunity for New Zealand education providers to receive local in-market intelligence from ENZ staff.

    “This will ensure in-market recruitment efforts are well targeted. Our 2019 webinar series is providing market insights and updates from around the Asia region, taking into account strong industry interest in the 2018 series.”

    South Korea Industry Webinar

    Wednesday, 28 August, 11am Korea time/2pm New Zealand time

    Click here to register

    Japan Industry Webinar

    Monday, 16 September, 11am Japan time/2pm New Zealand time

    Click here to register

  • Upcoming ENZ webinars

    Viet Nam school sector webinar

    At this webinar, industry professionals in the school sector will learn about ENZ’s approach to the Viet Nam market, and how they can partner with ENZ.

    Who should attend?

    New Zealand-based marketing/international managers at secondary schools.

    Session details:

    2:30pm NZT, Wednesday 27 November

    Register here

    Vietnamese agent webinar

    As part of ENZ’s commitment to raising the awareness of New Zealand among education agencies, ENZ has launched a webinar series to improve the profile, and understanding, of the benefits of a New Zealand education.

    Who should attend?

    Vietnamese education agencies and counsellors who currently share information about studying in New Zealand, or would like to.


    The webinar will provide updates on:

    • ENZ activity
    • Study options
    • Scholarships
    • Employment and career pathway opportunities in New Zealand

    Speakers will include New Zealand sector representatives, as well as ENZ and Immigration New Zealand staff.

    Session details: 

    4pm NZT/10am Viet Nam time, Thursday 28 November

    Register here

    Please note: Registration for these webinars are for education agents only; ENZ is running a separate series of webinars for New Zealand education institutions.

    US industry webinar

    Registration is now open for an ENZ market intelligence webinar for the US. It will offer local market updates and insights and share ENZ’s outlook for the first half of 2020.

    Who should attend?

    International directors and marketing/international managers at tertiary level.


    The in-market team will cover:

    • Partnerships for reach: Learn more about ENZ’s strategic partnerships in the US
    • Market engagement opportunities: In-market events Jan-June 2020
    • Study Abroad scholarships
    • Additional topics proposed by the sector

    Session details: 

    You must register in advance to attend the webinar. If you have questions or topics you’d like to hear covered in the Industry Webinar, please email with your suggestions by Friday 6 December.

    11am NZT, Tuesday 10 December

    Register here

  • Register now for NZIEC 2022

    You can register on the NZIEC website. 

    Registration is free, sign up now and tell a colleague to register too! 

    A new format  

    We’re delivering NZIEC 2022 in a virtual format so we can reach as many international education practitioners as possible during this critical time for the industry’s rebuild. The virtual format means we have eliminated participation costs and the prospect of Covid blues for all. Join from the comfort of your favourite workstation! And while it means we won’t be able to connect in-person, we are offering a range of new ways to network and connect during conference – stay tuned for further information following registration!  

    The virtual format means we can offer a wider range of keynote speakers than in our usual two-day in-person format. We hope you’ll enjoy insights from our bumper line-up of ten keynote speakers from a range of industries and perspectives. That’s right, ten!  

    We’re also able to offer content in a more flexible manner. We’ll be delivering content in bite-sized chunks each morning and afternoon during the week (except for Friday afternoon). Don’t worry if you can’t attend a session – all sessions will be recorded and available to view later if you have registered.  

    A varied programme  

    NZIEC 2022’s theme is Towards Recovery: Reflect, Reconnect and Renew. We will be exploring this theme across the conference week; we’ll start by Reflecting on the shared experience we’ve had these past two years, before we focus on Reconnecting New Zealand and then turn to Renewal of our industry for the future.  

    The full programme will launch shortly, but here’s a taste of what we have in store:  

    • On Monday morning, join international students and practitioners as we Reflect on our collective experiences over the past two years. Hear from 2021 New Zealander of the Year, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, about her experiences through the pandemic and her advice for the future. Gain insights from our first-ever international student-led panel as they discuss their experiences during the pandemic – and their hopes and expectations for the future. And join our Board Chair, Steve Maharey, as he provides an update on ENZ’s vision and direction.  


    • On Monday afternoon, learn how providers across Aotearoa worked through the pandemic to enhance international student wellbeing – and what lessons this experience provides for our current offering. Pick and choose from a cornucopia of sessions that explore New Zealand’s commitment to manaakitanga, including advice from the New Zealand International Students’ Association.  


    • Tuesday sees us shift focus to Reconnect. Join us in the morning for an address from the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, when he’ll provide an update on the Government’s strategy for international education. You will have an opportunity to ask questions. After the Minister’s address, get up to speed with updates from a range of New Zealand government agencies.  


    • On Tuesday afternoon, we continue our Reconnect focus with a keynote address from New Zealand’s leading trade negotiator, Vangelis Vitalis. He’ll speak about New Zealand’s Trade Recovery Strategy and the role of international education within that. Then take a trip ‘Around the World’ with international market insights from ENZ’s global network and sessions led by industry representatives.  


    • On Wednesday morning, the centrepiece of our conference week, we explore how international education relates to Te Ao Māori. Gain perspectives on traditional Māori knowledge and wisdom from our keynote speaker, Sharlene Maoate-Davis, as she explores Te Māramatanga o te Maramataka – or renewed Rongoā perspectives from traditional Māori knowledge and wisdom. Then learn how Te Tiriti is being implemented in practice across the international education sector.  


    • On Wednesday afternoon, we turn our attention to global citizenship. A range of industry-led sessions examine the concept and its application. Then be inspired by the journey of Abbas Nazari, who fled Afghanistan as a refugee and found himself aboard the Tampa, before gaining a new home in Aotearoa and eventually travelling to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship. Abbas’ story is a powerful tale of the importance of education – and humanity.  


    • And as we aim to shrug off mid-week blues, don’t miss the opportunity to find your Inner Superhero! Tapahia Heke and Pita Mei are a Superhero Dream Team who will amaze with their abilities to read – and draw – the Inner Superhero in any of us. Tune into this session if you want your superhero abilities unleashed.  


    • Thursday sees us in search of Renewal with the morning devoted to exploring innovation and diversification in international education. Join us in the morning as we explore the do’s and don’ts of innovation within the international education sector. Melissa Clark-Reynolds, our Renew Keynote speaker will talk about the innovation game and how to beat your organisation’s immune system.  


    • On Thursday afternoon, we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding sustainability and international education. Several industry practitioners will outline the approaches they have embraced to address the sustainability imperative. And René de Monchy will provide insights from the tourism industry that speaks to the challenge of rebuilding while keeping sustainability concerns front of mind.  
    • Finally, we ease into Friday morning with a late start and an early finish to wrap up our conference week. Grab a cuppa to join a Kōrero Kawhe with some inspiring New Zealand alumni and hear how they are making their way in the world and improving the lives of their communities. Then join clinical psychologist Nigel Latta as he shares the bare essentials for the rebuild job ahead. Finally, don’t miss our conference wrap, including an announcement as to how we’ll be celebrating 30 years of NZIEC in 2023! 


    Register now 

    You can register to attend NZIEC 2022 here. 

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