Statement of Intent 2014/15 - 2017/18

Foreword from the Hon. Hekia Parata, Minister of Education

The NZQA Statement of Intent 2014/15 - 2017/18

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Education is a significant contributor to the Government’s social and economic outcomes.

The Government has four priorities for this term of office:

  • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances
  • to build a more competitive and productive economy
  • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, within the tight budgets the Government is operating under
  • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch.

NZQA’s work to improve the qualifications system, strengthen educational quality assurance and enhance senior secondary assessment, directly contributes to the Government’s Better Public Services targets and Business Growth Agenda aims. This includes working towards:

  • 85% of 18-year-olds will have achieved NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017
  • 55% of 25 to 34-year-olds will have a qualification at Level 4 or above in 2017
  • supporting 70 per cent of all New Zealanders’ most common transactions with Government being completed in a digital environment by 2017
  • growing international education for the building of export markets.

NZQA’s Future State, Te Rautaki Māori and Pasifika (PDF, 13MB) strategies all support a concentrated effort to improve the performance of the education system at all levels, with a focus on priority groups – Māori, Pasifika, learners with special education needs and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

In addition to the three impact areas outlined in the following pages, it is also my expectation that NZQA will continue its work:

  • promoting New Zealand’s international aims by supporting the goals of the Government’s Leadership Statement for International Education and through the administration of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
  • contributing to the tertiary education priorities set out in the new Tertiary Education Strategy
  • participating in all-of-government and system-wide initiatives.

NZQA has set itself a challenging, future-looking work programme for the next three years. I look forward to positive results.


Hon Hekia Parata

Minister of Education

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