External Advisory Groups

Assessment Processes and Enhancements Reference Group

This group advises NZQA on practice issues related to the assessment of achievement and NZQA-managed unit standards, New Zealand Scholarship and NZQA managed qualifications for learners aged 15-18 years.

The Technical Overview Group Assessment Committee (TOGA)

This Committee provides independent expert advice to NZQA and the Ministry of Education on the assessment processes for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA.

Ngā Kaitūhono

This independent group is appointed to ensure that NZQA’s approach to Māori knowledge is compatible with Māori values, consistent with Māori expectations and complementary to other validation processes, including those that may be established by Māori.

The Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Sector Advisory Group

This group is comprised of Chief Executives and Academic Directors from a range of institutes of technology and polytechnics. The meeting provides a forum for discussion on a wide range of quality assurance and qualification-related issues relevant to the sector.

The Leaders Forum

This is a sector advisory group led by the Ministry of Education and jointly hosted by NZQA and the Ministry. The forum comprises representatives from the secondary and tertiary education and industry sectors. They advise officials on a range of secondary and tertiary educational issues.

The Māori Economic Development Forum

This is an external Māori reference group, established by NZQA to identify potential new qualifications that will bring improved economic benefits to Māori.


These are expert advisory groups who assist NZQA in the development and review of standards and qualifications based on mātauranga Māori.

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