The New Zealand Advisory Group (NZAG)

The New Zealand Advisory Group (NZAG) advises NZQA on referencing and qualifications recognition projects. The group supports the work we do to increase understanding and recognition of our qualifications overseas.

The group comprises representatives from across the New Zealand education sector: schools, tertiary education organisations, government agencies and other groups with an interest in this work.

You can ask your NZAG representative about the outcomes of our projects and what they mean for you in practical terms.

You can read more about specific projects at Country-specific recognition agreements.

Summary of each NZAG meeting

You can read a summary of each NZAG meeting below. These summaries were prepared for NZAG members' use with their stakeholders.

Update - November 2016 (PDF, 182KB)

Meeting 10 - July 2016 (PDF, 51KB)

Meeting 9 - April 2016 (PDF, 199KB)

Update - January 2016 (PDF, 218KB)

NZAG members

For project updates, contact the NZAG member who represents your sector (see the list below).


Organisation represented

Russell Wood

Deputy Chief Executive
Strategic and Corporate Services Services Division


Hamish Cochrane

Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Academic and International
University of Canterbury

Universities New Zealand (UNZ)

Geoff Gibbs

Lead Advisor
Student Achievement

Ministry of Education

James Buwalda

NZITP advocate

New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP)

Mark Flowers

Chief Executive
Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

The Metro Group

Representative to be confirmed.
In the meantime, contact:

Professor Graham Smith

Chair in Education
The University of Auckland

Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga

Christine Clark


Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand  (ITENZ)

Michael Williams

Pakuranga College

Secondary Principals’ Association New Zealand (SPANZ)

Carrie Murdoch

Education, Skills and Training

Business New Zealand

Jo Scott

Policy Analyst
Tertiary Education Union

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Adrienne Dawson

Policy Manager

Industry Training Federation (ITF)

Dr Alistair Shaw

Executive Director

New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA)

Michelle Slade

Lead Advisor
Implementation Unit
Trade Negotiations Division

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Nick Aldous

Operational Policy

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Karen Chalmers

International and Policy


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