Advisory Group on Qualifications Recognition Projects

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority's Advisory Group on Qualifications Recognition Projects supports the work we do to increase the 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 read more about specific projects at Country-specific recognition agreements

Summary of each Advisory Group meeting

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

Meeting 11 - May 2017 (PDF, 49KB)

Update - November 2016 (PDF, 182KB)

Meeting 10 - July 2016 (PDF, 51KB)

Meeting 9 - April 2016 (PDF, 199KB)

Advisory Group members (2014 to 2018)


Organisation represented

Russell Wood

Deputy Chief Executive
Strategic and Corporate Services Services Division


Professor Giselle Byrnes

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research Academic & Enterprise
Massey University 

Universities New Zealand

Hamish Cochrane

Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Academic and International
University of Canterbury

Universities New Zealand

Francie Benge

Early Learning and
Student Achievement

Ministry of Education

Phil Ker

Chief Executive
Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Tony Gray

Chief Executive
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Christine Clark


Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand

Michael Williams

Pakuranga College

Secondary Principals’ Association New Zealand

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

Jessica Palairet

Education Vice President
Auckland University Students Association

New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations

Melanie Blake-Palmer

Education New Zealand



Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade



Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Karen Chalmers

International Policy and Liaison Unit


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