You can find our legal framework, our corporate documents and our policies here.
Corporate documents and publications
Our corporate documents explain what we are expected to do and how we will accomplish what is expected of us.
The Minister of Education has made his expectations of NZIST known through his Letter of Expectation.
The Minister of Education has outlined Crown funding arrangements in his NZIST Funding letter.
In May 2020, we published seven Mobilising the New World interim reports and invited feedback. We’ve now summarised that feedback to produce the Mobilising the New World Summary of Feedback. This valuable feedback, that NZIST’s Council has reviewed, can now be used as additional input for the transformation of New Zealand's vocational education sector, including informing the development of NZIST’s operating model.
About Mobilising the New World
Seven working groups consisting of 76 people from across the vocational education sector were established by the IST Establishment Board to consider the future of the vocational education once NZIST came into existence. The working groups were asked to think about the future of the provision of vocational education.
While the world has shifted due to the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic since these reports were compiled, they are still relevant and important as we navigate our way towards a different way of providing vocational education.
The Mobilising the New World Reports can be found here:
Te Pūkenga has a significant transformation programme ahead. Over the next couple of years, vocational education and training as we currently know it will be completely reimagined. In its place will be a new system that will be more cohesive and sustainable, put learners at the very centre, allow better access for all, and ensure equity for Māori.
The transitional pathway shows how the range of current transformational workstreams are all structure and planned to support the change. The workstreams are an extension of the recommendations received during the extensive national consultation done through Mobilising the New World. They also take into consideration the Te Pūkenga Charter and our Letter of Expectation.
Central to much of Te Pūkenga transformation is the operating model workstream. The outcomes of the operating model will inform much of the future work for Te Pūkenga, so the transition pathway only extends as far as the final quarter of 2021. By then, some workstreams may stop or finish, others will be continued, and new ones may be added.
While shown as a workstream, our commitment to partnership and equity will continue to underpin and support all we do.
There are already a significant number of workstreams shown, and there are many others not given such prominence, but that are equally important to support our ‘business as usual’ work, often playing a key role in supporting and progressing the transformational workstream activity.
Our transitional pathway will be updated as often as possible, and we will maintain an ongoing schedule of connecting and collaborating with our partners and other stakeholders to ensure we continue to work together and align our mahi as we transformation vocational education and training.
He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō - Learning with purpose, creating our futures.
Our Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) was provided to Hon Chris Hipkins shortly after his reappointment as Minister of Education, in November 2020. It is published here in its entirety with no redactions made.
Te Pūkenga BIM was intended to build on the Minister’s understanding of our role in the tertiary education system in New Zealand – and how we have a key role in contributing to the Government’s wellbeing agenda and priorities for the education system.
It provides an overview of how we operate in line with current expectations set by the Minister of Education and an outline of our functions and Charter, as defined by legislation.
Please note information contained in the BIM was relevant as at November 2020 and will be subject to change as our work progresses.
This Transitional Statement of Intent was submitted to the Minister of Education on 4 February 2021 and sets out the strategic intentions for Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology for the period 2021-24.
The 2022 Statement of Performance Expectations was submitted to the Minister of Education on 24 February 2022 and set out the performance expectations for Te Pūkenga for 2022.
This Transitional Statement of Performance Expectation 2021 was submitted to the Minister of Education on 4 February 2021 and sets out the performance expectations for Te Pūkenga for 2021.
These documents outline research, insights and opportunities completed as part of our mahi. They are foundational if we are to achieve our purpose.
Te Pae Tawhiti is our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework. This document is a working draft.
Te Rito - Insights from learners and staff part one, amplifies Māori learners’ voices about factors that enable their success in vocational learning.
Te Rito Insights from Pacific learners, Part Two amplifies Pacific learners’ voices about factors that enable their success in vocational learning.
Te Rito Insights from disabled learners, Part Three amplifies disabled learners’ voices about factors that enable their success in vocational learning.
An easy read Word version of this is available here: Te Rito Insights from Disabled learners - easy read
Te Rito Outcomes Framework brings together the ‘Ākonga at the Centre’ research conducted in 2020. It provides a clear view of what learners, and those that support them, have identified as critical to learner success, in one easy-to-understand reference for Te Pūkenga network. The framework has been designed to inform action plans and decision-making across the network, with a view to advancing equity, inclusion and successful outcomes for learners.
Feedback on the Operating Model called for greater clarity regarding what the future Te Pūkenga experience will look like for key stakeholders and when they can expect to enjoy it. In response to this, we have updated the experiences different stakeholders can expect from us across three key time horizons.
See Te Pūkenga What you can expect document. The document sets out what you can expect on our shared pathway towards future horizons.
Our legal framework
We were established as a Statutory Crown Entity on 1 April 2020 by Act of New Zealand Parliament. You can read about the legislation that created our organisation, the legislation that guides us and our Charter here.
We were established as a Crown Entity on 1 April 2020 by legislative enactment. You can read about the legislation that guides us and our Charter here.
We are guided by these Acts:
- Education and Training Act 2020 (the Education Act)
- Crown Entities Act 2004 (the Crown Entities Act)
- Public Sector Act 2020 (the Public Sector Act)
- Public Finance Act 1989 (the Public Finance Act)
- Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA)
- Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)
- Privacy Act 2020 (Privacy Act)
Our policies help our people, our learners, the employers we work with, the companies who supply us and our stakeholders understand what they can expect of us, and what we can appropriately expect of them. The policies and procedures applied by Te Pūkenga are being continuously reviewed and amended as we move through the transition period and evolve to supporting a unified national network. This website may not have the most up to date policies and procedures so please reach out to a representative of Te Pūkenga before relying on a particular policy to ensure you are referring to the most recent version.
National policies and procedures
As of 1 June 2022, these policies apply to all people employed by Te Pūkenga. This extends to our ‘early mover’ business divisions (Wintec and Toi Ohomai).
Central function policies
These policies apply to people who work in the central function (sometimes referred to as ‘head office’) of Te Pūkenga.
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