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  • Continued partnership between BPO Intelligence and NZIEC

    BPO Intelligence is an award-winning marketing communications company that specialises in the education sector. With vast experience in international education sectors around the world, BPO Intelligence is a great partner for providers wanting to increase their presence in the international market.

    “We are thrilled and excited to be the lead partner for NZIEC for a sixth consecutive year,” says BPO Intelligence CEO, Naresh Gulati.

    “NZIEC is becoming one of the most significant conferences on the global international education circuit. We are delighted to be able to once again share our expertise in print, warehousing and distribution of promotional material, as well as helping institutions to explore new strategies and technologies for one-on-one student engagement and improved conversion rates,” says Naresh.

    “BPO’s ongoing commitment to NZIEC demonstrates how important the New Zealand international education industry is to them,” says ENZ chief executive Grant McPherson. 

    “For them to return for six years running is a great outcome for our conference as we have been able to grow and evolve through this partnership,” he said.

    “The BPO team will be in full attendance again, and I encourage all conference delegates to visit their stand in the EXPO Hall.”

    Registrations are filling up fast. If you are still to register, make sure you don’t miss out, register today.

  • Miriama Kamo returns to emcee NZIEC 2019

    With such a steady pair of hands at the helm, ENZ is confident the 28th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo will be another inspirational conference for everyone who attends.

    Taking place at the SKYCITY Conference Centre, Auckland on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 August, the conference is shaping up to be another two days packed full of thought-provoking conversations.

    “The NZIEC conference is always a calendar highlight,” says Miriama.  

    “It’s been a big year in education with a lot of challenges. So, I’m looking forward to another fascinating conference where the issues and opportunities for the sector will be debated, critiqued and celebrated. It’s always informative but also fun.”  

    After almost 17 years of gracing our screens, Miriama Kamo is one of New Zealand’s best-known faces. She is currently hosting TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday, a role she has held since 2011. She also co-presents Māori current affairs show Marae.

    Still not registered?

    Places are filling up fast. Make sure you don’t miss out.

    Register here.

  • Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins to address NZIEC 2019

    For the second time in his role as Minister of Education, Minister Hipkins will address the conference delegates of NZIEC 2019.

    On the morning of 7 August, Minister Hipkins will give a ministerial address followed by a brief question and answer session, where delegates will get to put their questions to the Minister through the Conference app.

    Minister Hipkins will reflect on the past year in international education, and address the opportunities and challenges the sector will face in the coming 12 months. 

    Delegates interested in hearing more on the Strategy can head to the panel session on the Wednesday afternoon. Co-hosted by the Ministry of Education and ENZ, the ‘New Zealand Internation Education Strategy: One Year On’ session will discuss how the cross-agency action plan has affected positive change and collaboration. Additional to the Ministry of Education and ENZ, there will be representatives from all agencies involved including MFAT, MBIE, Immigration NZ and NZQA.

    To be held over 7 and 8 August, the 28th annual NZIEC will focus on the theme of ‘Navigating our changing world’. You can view the full programme here.

    The conference will host more than 600 delegates and a wide range of industry presenters. There are still a handful of tickets left, so register now on the NZIEC website if you don’t want to miss out.

  • The countdown to NZIEC 2019 is on

    In just a matter of days, the doors to the 28th annual New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will open.

    At this year’s event, we will be joined by a wide range of partners.

    ENZ is pleased to announce that Southern Cross Travel Insurance and Vodafone New Zealand/OKNZ are continuing their support of NZIEC. They are our Premium Partners for 2019.

    Southern Cross will be showcase its award-winning travel insurance. Every year, it provides travel insurance to over 30,000 international students and their family members, as well as students moving into the local workforce.

    Vodafone helps keep students connected from the moment they land in New Zealand with great offers on international calling and bonus data. It works closely with OKNZ to offer a greeting and translation service.

    Other partners joining us at conference are:

    • IDP Education, who will showcase IDP Connect, its client services division alongside the IELTS, its world-leading English language test.
    • FairWay Resolution Limited: FairWay administers iStudent Complaints, an independent resolution scheme for students.
    • QS Intelligence Unit: QS partners with higher education providers to help them understand and enhance their performace through unmatched intelligence tools.

    “We are grateful for the support of our Premium Partners and Partners at our industry’s annual hui,” says ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson. 

    “We encourage conference delegates to connect with them in the Expo Hall during conference.” 

    Be sure to book your accommodation and confirm your registration today at   

  • Register now for the Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE) Summit 2020

    It will take place entirely online on 21 May, with two separate sessions to suit attendees in different time zones. There will also be a discussion forum open for people to share their ideas.

    The programme’s sessions will feature presentations by international education practitioners from across the globe on topics like digital recruitment, flight guilt, and building sustainability into your institution’s business strategy.

    Co-founders of CANIE and summit organisers, Pii-Tuulia Nikula and Ailsa Lamont, say they were pleased to receive many high-quality presentation proposals on many of the sector’s hot sustainability issues.

    “A topic like digital recruitment is really big,” Nikula says. “It’s something a lot of people have been exploring, but now with all the restrictions due to COVID-19, it’s become a lot more important.”

    Read the full list of speakers.

    Nikula and Lamont say the CANIE organisation came together organically. Their membership is made up of practitioners who work in different areas of international education, but who all see the need for the sector to reduce its impact on the planet.

    “We hope this event sparks a larger conversation around sustainability,” Lamont says.

    CANIE was first launched at the 2019 New Zealand International Education Conference. Membership of CANIE is free of charge, as is registration for this year’s summit.

    Register for the 2020 CANIE Summit.

  • Privacy Policy

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    Unless we give you written permission you may not reproduce, adapt, copy, distribute or incorporate in any other work, in whole or in part, any trade mark appearing on this site, including any Education New Zealand logos or trade marks that appear on this site (including the 'Education New Zealand' logo and the 'New Zealand Educated' logo).

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    Like many organisations we collect information about our users for the purposes of:

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    We collect information about you when you communicate with us, register an ENZ account, visit or use this site or any other online platform, service, application, website or messaging service that we subscribe to or use (each being a digital platform).

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  • Bringing Us Together – TVET in the Asia-Pacific

    The Global COVID pandemic has put skills issues and innovation on the center stage, as governments, industries, and educators alike work to upskill and reskill workforces disrupted by the pandemic and ensure strong working futures. 

    The APAC TVET Forum will bring together the necessary key groups for effective TVET: Governments, Industries, and Educators.  The Forum will offer Government to Government (G2G), Business to Business (B2B), and System-to-System content streams, then  “bring us together” for a cross-system conversation across the APAC region.   
    The Forum will be free to register, and held over two Fridays (5 November and Friday 12 November, 2021) across the following local times:

    • Bangkok, Thailand 09.30-14.00
    • Beijing, China 10.30-15.00
    • AEDT 13.30-18.00
    • Samoa 14.30-19.00
    • New Zealand 15.30-19.30

    We will hear from senior government officials, major companies, international agencies and organisations, and TVET sector leaders from around the APAC region. 

    The New Zealand partners include New Zealand government’s international education agency, its largest private sector vocational education consultancy, and New Zealand’s new national institution for Vocational Education and Training. 

    We look forward to welcoming colleagues from around the region for this high quality and not-to-be-missed event: stay tuned to our social media channels for call for abstracts, registration, and speaker information in the coming weeks, or visit our website:

  • STEM and higher education in Thailand

    More than 600 visitors, along with our eight universities, Te Pūkenga and English New Zealand, attended ENZ’s online New Zealand Higher Education Showcase in early November. Instead of only showcasing institutions, we decided this year to have a Gradvocate live session as the main feature of the event.   

    Graduate students discussed their experience of higher education in New Zealand, and enabled Thai students and parents to see how successful our alumni are.  Asia’s 2019 Breakout Musician and NZ alumni Phum Viphurit performed a mini-concert, and ENZ’s Lisa Futschek granted the 2021 Alumni Hall of Fame Award to three outstanding alumni: Dr. Chakrit Tiebtienrat, Mr. Narun Wiwattanakrai, and Ms. Wipapat Somumchan.  

    The increase in registrations and visitors for this year’s event demonstrates growing interest in New Zealand’s higher education.  There were 620 unique visitors from 1,260 registrations, an increase of 59% in visitors and 3.6% in registration numbers since last year.   

    Later in November, the Thailand team successfully launched a NZ STEM Webinar series for teachers and students from Princess Chulabhorn Science High School (PCSHS) network, which comprises 12 schools for gifted students in four regions of Thailand.  

    The five webinars were offered in partnership with the University of Otago.  Presentations on topics such as augmented reality gave gifted young students the opportunity to see some of the pathways into STEM tertiary education in New Zealand.  Dr. Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, Deputy Minister of Education Thailand, also spoke at one of the webinars.   

    See Otago Daily Times article: Uni webinar series showcases offerings to Thai pupils 

  • NZIEC coming soon – mark your diary now!

    It will be free to attend.

    The theme for NZIEC 2022 is Towards Recovery: Reflect, Reconnect, Renew. 

    Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the international education sector. In our first conference since 2019, we will look back at the past two years, and look forward to what we have to offer to the world.

    NZIEC 2022 will focus on the sector’s recovery journey and, as the theme suggests, encourage us to: Reflect, Reconnect and Renew.

    • Reflect – on what has been a crazy two years. An opportunity for us to share the tough stories, what we learned, how we pivoted, the good stuff we did.    
    • Reconnect – with each other and with the wider world. Be stimulated by international speakers in offshore markets and hear the latest in trends, shifts and dynamics.   
    • Renew – building back better for a stronger future. Gain inspiration and embrace innovation so we continue to ThinkNew. 

    By Reflecting, Reconnecting and Renewing, NZIEC 2022 will help our sector build Towards Recovery.

    To ensure we reach the widest possible audience at a critical time for the rebuild of the industry, NZIEC 2022 will be delivered in a virtual format, at no cost to attendees. The virtual format also enables us to connect with a wide range of international speakers and deliver sessions for specific sub-sectors that attendees can opt in or out of. Sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered attendees who cannot attend the original time of the session.   


    Programme highlights

    This year’s NZIEC programme takes a leaf out of the successful New Zealand Partners Workshop Week held in 2021, which connected over 3,000 attendees in sessions spread over the course of the week.

    While further details on the programme will be released in July, you can expect the following: 

    • Conference opening on Monday morning
    • Ministerial address 
    • International speakers 
    • Industry speakers 
    • Updates on global market trends and developments 
    • Market-focused sessions
    • Virtual networking opportunities
    • Government agency updates
    • Conference closing on Friday.   


    Keep an eye out

    Soon we’ll be launching our call for speakers. We’re keen to hear from practitioners right across the sector, so put your thinking cap on if you are interested in presenting – or suggest that a colleague does the same. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks, but if you have an idea for a session, please don’t hesitate to email us: 

    We are also developing a te reo Māori ingoa (Māori name) for NZIEC and look forward to sharing that with you soon.   

    Registration for NZIEC 2022 will open in July. 


    Format in future years  

    The decision to opt for a virtual format this year reflects feedback from our survey of previous and potential conference attendees to find out their levels of interest in attending NZIEC in person this year. While some were keen to gather in person, many more were hesitant to do so due to the cost of attending and concerns regarding Covid-19.

    Subject to Covid-19 settings, we plan to resume in-person formats for NZIEC in future years.

  • Executive team

    Grant McPherson | Chief Executive

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    Grant is our Chief Executive at Education New Zealand.

    He leads ENZ in taking New Zealand's education experiences to the world for enduring economic, social and cultural benefits for all New Zealand.

    In response to COVID-19, Grant chairs the International Education Chief Executives' Group. Together with peers from other government agencies with interests in international education, the group helps drive the Government's Recovery Plan for our sector.

    He also lives and breathes international education - he is an international student himself, his children have international study experience and he has hosted students in Wellington with his family.

    Prior to his role at ENZ, Grant was Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager, Strategy at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), following extensive experience as Regional Director, South/South East Asia and Group General Manager, Business Solutions on the NZTE Leadership team.  

    Fiona Cameron | General Manager, Office of the Chief Executive

    Fiona has an extensive mix of private and public Human Resources/Organisation Development (HR/OD) experience. She has worked in globally-based organisations and in many of the New Zealand education sector agencies. Fiona has a Diploma in Teaching, an MA (hons) in French Literature and recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Commerce specialising in commercial law.

    Fiona’s team focuses on making ENZ a great place to work. This starts from day one, with an induction experience that attracts rave reviews. The HR/OD team regularly works with ENZ managers to ensure staff are offered a range of development opportunities while they’re here. The team leads work in building a ‘one team’ culture at ENZ, where being passionate, innovative, knowledgeable and business savvy are highly valued. 


    Paul Irwin | General Manager, Partnerships and Marketing

    paul Irwin 3Paul joined ENZ from advertising agency FCB Wellington, where he led the Wellington office for almost five years. He has extensive experience in marketing strategy, digital marketing, international marketing and team management, honed during the past 15 years in a range of management roles.

    Recent award-winning campaigns at FCB include Inland Revenue’s Overseas Based Borrowers student loans campaign and the Electricity Authority’s Whats My Number campaign. He worked with the Ministry of Education to launch the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, and with the Open Polytechnic on their Learning for an Open World brand repositioning campaign.

    Prior to these New Zealand-based roles, Paul worked for the Economist in London and then Asia, setting up the marketing department in Singapore and growing revenue from their publishing products. 

    Throughout his career Paul has worked with numerous government clients including NZTE, SSC, ACC, and the Reserve Bank, and other organisations such as Forest and Bird, Public Trust and Fairfax Media.

    Matt Penney | Chief Financial and Information Officer

    Matt Penney 2 3Matt joined ENZ in October 2014. He previously held Financial Controller roles at Bathurst Resources and Contact Energy, and has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland for various listed companies and a state owned enterprise. Matt is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington.

    Matt’s team carries out the finance functions of ENZ, including budgeting, financial planning and strategic planning. Matt’s team is also responsible for ensuring ENZ’s IT systems and processes

    Lisa Futschek | General Manager, International

    Lisa joined ENZ in 2013 after an 18-year diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which included five years as the Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, and three years as First Secretary and Consul at the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago.  

    As General Manager InternationalLisa leads a global team of 30based across 17 locations around the world, focussed on profiling New Zealand as an education partner and ensuring international education contributes to New Zealands international relations goals. 

    Lisa has been instrumental in expanding ENZ’s offshore network in Asia and establishing a permanent presence in North America. She brings a strong internationalisation lens to ENZ’s work, emphasizing the critical role of relationships and partnership for mutual benefit.   

    A graduate of Otago and Auckland universities, Lisa and her husband Regan are based in Wellington. They have two teenagers, a son studying at Otago University and a daughter in Year 12 at high school. 

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