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Our transition pathway

Te Pūkenga has a significant transformation programme ahead. Our transition pathway sets out the direction we are taking to design the future of vocational learning in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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Our Work

We are changing how we deliver high-quality vocational and on-the-job learning so that it meets the needs of all ākonga, particularly Māori, Pacific, and disabled learners, and reflects our communities at a local level.  

We are creating the structural foundation so new business groups can deliver on our strategic intent for how applied learning and vocational education is organised and delivered.   

So far, we have confirmed the executive roles that will lead the organisation and moved all polytechnics and work-based learning providers into the whare. 

And, on 1 January 2023, we became one entity, Te Pūkenga. Now we are all in the whare, we are committed to continuing our transformation journey by creating our unified structure.   


Maintaining business as usual

As we build our new organisational structure, we will continue to maintain our range of high-quality and valued foundation, vocational, professional and applied programmes across the country.

Overview of our agreed Minimum Viable Product for Horizon 1

The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) was agreed between the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Te Pūkenga as the minimum required activity to transition to Horizon 1 on December 2023.

The MVP does not include some of the foundational work underway by Te Pūkenga in preparation for Horizon 2 (to 2026) and Horizon 3 (2027–2033+).

See the Minimum Viable Product overview document here

Strategic Advisory Review

An independent strategic review of the transformation programme of Te Pūkenga was undertaken in early 2022. This was jointly commissioned by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Te Pūkenga and intended to identify issues and risks, providing practical recommendations that would likely support a successful transformation programme. This is part of good practice, especially when undertaking such a large and complex transformation.

Te Pūkenga is acting on the practical recommendations and will continue to make changes where required to ensure it is progressing how it needs to so it can deliver a financially viable, well governed, and regionally relevant network.

The information being released by both TEC and Te Pūkenga summarises the strategic review and the recommendations made. Throughout our transformation journey, we have been transparent about the very important mahi Te Pūkenga has been tasked with as part of the Reform of Vocational Education.

We will continue this transparency as we progress through the remainder of our transformation programme and its implementation.

View Te Pūkenga Strategic Review Final Report here.