Our role

Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) is a Crown Agent under Schedule 1 of the Crown Entities Act. ENZ has a dedicated focus on international education and brings the New Zealand Government’s goals for international education to life, bringing benefits to New Zealanders and international learners. 

We promote New Zealand as a study destination and support the delivery of education services offshore. We also administer scholarships to support New Zealanders studying overseas, particularly in Asia and Latin America.

Specifically, ENZ...

  • leads the future thinking of New Zealand’s international education industry, and drives forward future activities for growth of the industry
  • facilitates education industry capability so providers can effectively recruit and support international students
  • helps the education industry to identify new opportunities for growth
  • leverages the offshore promotional activities of other NZ Inc agencies - such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Immigration New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - to raise the profile of New Zealand education
  • works closely with other New Zealand agencies to create an environment in which international education can grow and international students can flourish
  • provides information to prospective international students and their families about studying with New Zealand
  • works with other agencies and the education industry to ensure international students continue to receive a high quality experience while living and studying in New Zealand
  • spreads the word about the social, cultural and economic benefits of international education within New Zealand.

Our vision

Transforming lives through international education experiences.

Our outcome

ENZ aims to achieve the outcome of the New Zealand International Education Strategy (NZIES) of enabling a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world-class international education. 

The NZIES 2022-2030 sets out a path for the future of our sector. It guides ENZ’s goals and activities under two focus areas and three goals​.

Over the next four years, with Te Tiriti as its foundation, ENZ will achieve its vision by: 

  • empowering New Zealand's international education sector
  • connecting New Zealand education globally
  • partnering for mutual economic, social and cultural benefits. 

The Manapou ki te Ao Strategy 2023-27 has four goals aligned to the NZIES. The fifth goal – Driver operational performance – underpins the others.

ENZ Strategy 2023 - 2027

ENZ Strategy 2023 - 2027

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Our work to support Māori Crown relationships

ENZ is committed to giving practical effect to the Crown's Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti) responsibilities in our work and giving effect to Te Tiriti obligations in the Education and Training Act 2020. We take a wide and deliberate view of Te Tiriti to build understanding of what it means and how it can contribute to international education in practice. 

ENZ is implementing He Rautaki Māori, our Māori Strategy, by weaving the following Ngā Whainga (key objectives) into our activities:

  • Facilitating strategic partnerships and connections with indigenous iwi/hapu and Māori providers to deliver international education with, and for, indigenous and Māori communities.
  • Embedding the principles of ENZ's Te Tiriti o Waitangi framework into all facets of operation to present the education system as valuing a Māori world view.
  • Supporting public sector objectives in Māori-Crown relationships
  • Continuing to weave te reo me ōna tikanga into ENZ's purpose, which is to spread the word about the social, cultural, and economic benefits of international education within New Zealand. 

Who we work with

ENZ works with New Zealand’s diverse international education industry, organisations and companies that cover seven sectors:

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