New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Information for students and whānau

On 1 April 2020 EIT – along with the other 15 Institutes of Technologies and Polytechnics – will be merged into a new national institute New Zealand Institute of Skills  and Technology (NZIST). You might have asked yourself what this means for you?

Over the next couple of years, you will see minimal change. The reforms will take time and the government will work closely with us to manage the transition. Students will be well supported throughout the change process and every change will be well signposted.

For now, things won’t change for you.

  • You will still be able to complete your studies and training through EIT.
  • You can continue enrolling at EIT as you normally would. 
  • You will be able to complete any study or training you start.
  • Your qualification or credential in the next few years will continue to be awarded by EIT.
  • You will graduate with an EIT-branded qualification.
  • You can confidently enrol in multi-year programmes.

If you are a domestic student, Fees Free tertiary education, along with financial support available through StudyLink, will continue.

If you are an international student, you will be able to continue your study uninterrupted for the next few years.  Any approved visas and study arrangements will continue, and the courses and qualifications you are enrolled in will continue to be recognised.

If you are an apprentice or trainee, you’ll continue your training. However, at some point before December 2022, support for your learning will come from a different organisation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

On 1 August 2019, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the Government’s decisions on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals. One of the seven key changes is to create a new kind of organisation that will provide on campus, on-the-job, and online vocational learning and training right across the country.

With a working name of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology, the Institute will be a sustainable, national network of regionally accessible vocational education and training. It will start by bringing together the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, and over time will develop the capability to support work-based learning in a unified system.



EIT Subsidiary Board of Directors appointed

Hilton Collier, Chair of the subsidiary EIT Board

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Establishment Board (the Establishment Board) have announced directors for the boards of subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), effective from 1 April 2020.

Kim Ngārimu and Tracy Johnston named Directors for NZIST Subsidiary EIT Board

NZIST has appointed Kim Ngārimu (NZIST Council) and Tracy Johnston (NMIT Board) as Directors on EIT’s subsidiary board.

Every subsidiary Institute of Technology (ITP) has its own subsidiary board made up of at least one NZIST Council member. Some of the subsidiary boards also have one ‘cross-Board appointee’. The rationale behind it is to further drive the shift from competition to operating as one regionally accessible network of provision.

Chris Collins appointed interim CEO of NZIST

EIT’s CEO Chris Collins has been appointed as Interim CEO of the new national institute, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology which the Government has established on 1 April.

Mr Collins will undertake the NZIST Interim CEO role until the Stephen Town, currently CEO of Auckland Super City, is able to take up the NZIST CE role in July.