About us

Find out about our purpose, what we do, who we work with and our values.

Who we are

Careers New Zealand is a Crown entity established under the Education Act 1989, and governed by a board that reports to the Minister of Education, Hon Nikki Kaye. Our funding comes from Vote Education.

Why we are here

We help people make informed learning and work choices so they, and the country, will have a better future.

Careers New Zealand's work helps grow a skilled workforce and improves outcomes for young people by connecting learning to work and enhancing career-related services. We help boost skills and employment, and reduce long-term welfare dependence.

What we do

We are career experts who help people navigate their career journey. 

Careers New Zealand is a hub for independent career information and advice. Our strategy for 2015–2019 focuses on young people, Māori and Pasifika through:

  • Developing new and existing digital tools and resources to help people make informed learning and work choices.
  • Delivering professional development services for those influencing other people's career choices, to help them provide informed career support.
  • Connecting educators and employers to improve career pathways at important transition points in people's learning and work lives.

We are relevant and effective for Māori and Pasifika. Ensuring our work is meaningful, relevant and fit for purpose for Māori and Pasifika young people is a priority for how we design, implement and deliver our information and services.

Who we work with

We provide learning and work information, resources and advice directly to young people. This is authoritative, impartial and accessible, and mostly delivered digitally.

We also work closely with others who influence career decisions including educators, career professionals, employers, families, whānau and aiga, community organisations and iwi. We provide tools, resources and advice to build their skills, and facilitate better connections and co-operation between them around career development. This helps create a better environment for young people to make smooth transitions through education and beyond, and into employment.

Our values

  • Manaaki ki te tangata (Looking after our people) – We’re respectful, generous, kind and understanding, valuing people, relationships and diversity. This is demonstrated through our integrity and reciprocity. We encourage and support people to achieve their career aspirations. We’re sincere without being too earnest. We learn from each other and we share best practice. We’re really good hosts and we like paying it forward.
  • Mana rangatiratanga (Leadership and accountability) – We’re strong, confident and resilient, valuing personal self-determination that gives us choice and autonomy. We help people determine who they want to be, career-wise. Walking tall and having the freedom to choose is important to us. We think, act and do, providing good leadership to those who want and need it. We are accountable to individuals, families, communities and employers of New Zealand.
  • Whanaungatanga (Relationships) – We are the Careers New Zealand whānau, one team that values loyalty to each other. We connect people to suitable education and employment pathways and networks. We’re inherently curious and inclusive, learning from each other. We value sharing, bonding and listening. We respect diversity and old-fashioned principles of give and take. We’re pretty sharp at finding links to connect with others and we’re anything but transactional. We’ll never treat people like numbers.

Transfer of Careers New Zealand’s functions to the Tertiary Education Commission

11 May 2017

The Minister of Education Hon Nicki Kaye announced today that The Education (Update) Amendment Bill has passed its third reading. The announcement signals the confirmation of the transfer of Careers New Zealand staff and functions to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on 1 July 2017.

Tim Fowler, Tertiary Education Commission chief executive, says he is looking forward to the upcoming transfer. "This is a great opportunity to use the combined expertise and experience of TEC and Careers New Zealand to strengthen the connection between education and employment. I’m excited about the potential of what we can achieve together. Individually as organisations we’ve been working on separate parts of the careers pipeline; the transfer mandates us to join up our work and deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders”.

In the first instance this is a 'lift and shift' of staff and functions from Careers New Zealand to the Tertiary Education Commission. The legislation gives the Tertiary Education Commission six months to realign the way the organisation works to deliver the new careers functions. During this time there will be no external change to service for either organisation.

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Updated 11 May 2017