Discretionary entry - appeal process

Information for applicants

If you have been declined by a New Zealand university for entry to a course of study under the Discretionary or Ad Eundem Statum Entry regulations, you have the right to lodge an appeal with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

As only the documents presented with your application to the university can be considered as part of the appeal, you should ensure that all relevant documents are sent to the university with a request for a reconsideration of their decision. If the reconsideration is unsuccessful you may then wish to appeal to NZQA.

The appeal should be in the form of a letter addressed to:

Chief Executive
New Zealand Qualifications Authority 
PO Box 160

Email: Karen.Poutasi@nzqa.govt.nz

Please include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your address, email and phone number
  • The university you applied to enter
  • A copy of the letter declining entry
  • A statement outlining the reasons for your appeal

On receiving your appeal, NZQA will request your application file from the university. The appeal process examines the procedures followed by the university in making their decision, to determine whether those procedures and the decision were consistent with the university’s regulations for discretionary or ad eundem statum entrance.

NZQA will inform you of the Chief Executive’s decision regarding your appeal by letter.  This appeal is final.

Closing dates for the receipt of an appeal and final decisions for each university can be found in the table below.

For any queries about the appeal process, please contact:

Annemarie McManus
Acting Manager, Qualifications Services
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
PO Box 160 

Telephone (04) 463 3289

Email: annemarie.mcmanus@nzqa.govt.nz

Information for universities

Please advise potential appeals applicants of the location of this appeals information.

Please note that any applications for an appeal against the decision to grant provisional or Ad Eundem Statum entrance should be forwarded to the Chief Executive’s Office, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), as soon as possible. Please refer below for the relevant dates.

To process an appeal, the NZQA require a copy of the applicant’s enrolment file which should contain the following information:

  • Student's personal details
  • Academic record to date – results from secondary education and any other study results of any recognition of prior learning assessment (if applicable)
  • Recommendation of authorised faculty member
  • Comments from the student liaison officer
  • Please include the phone number and email contact for the most appropriate university contact

If original files are sent to us, they will be returned by courier. If a copy of a file is sent, we will need all documentation to be verified as a true copy of the original documents. Copies will not be returned.

Please advise potential applicants of the location of this link, or the information it contains.

If you have any queries regarding the appeals process, please contact Annemarie McManus, Acting Manager, Qualifications Services, telephone 04 463 3289 or at annemarie.mcmanus@nzqa.govt.nz.

Semester 1 2019

UniversityNZQA must receive appeal byAppeal completed by
Auckland 25 February 8 March
AUT 18 February 1 March
Waikato 18 February 1 March
Massey 18 February 1 March
Victoria 25 February 8 March
Canterbury 11 February 22 February
Lincoln 11 February 22 February
Otago 18 February 1 March

Semester 2 2019

UniversityNZQA must receive appeal byAppeal completed by
Auckland 15 July 26 July
AUT 8 July 19 July
Waikato 1 July 12 July
Massey 8 July 19 July
Victoria 1 July 12 July
Canterbury 8 July 19 July
Lincoln 8 July 19 July
Otago 1 July 12 July

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