We focus on projects that seek to strengthen individual and institutional capacities through: review, technical assistance and training. We have a long history of providing effective education, HRD, and TVET consultancy services. A large part of our services are aimed at strengthening the capacity of government organisations, enabling them to promote more effective tertiary education systems. We also look to build inter-institutional linkages between New Zealand government institutes and overseas tertiary providers.
We draw on the experience of the tertiary sector in New Zealand, and an extensive base of international consultants. Our services span all aspects of education from early childhood through to tertiary.
Establishment of PINZ
In the early 1990s the New Zealand education system went through extensive reforms, including devolution of responsibility for institutional management and education delivery to individual institutions. A significant aspect of these reforms was the ability for government tertiary institutions to establish business enterprises to promote their services.
An initiative resulting from this commercial freedom was the establishment of Polytechnics International New Zealand Limited (PINZ), in 1994. PINZ was set up by a consortium of institutions from the New Zealand TVET sector, as an international consultancy company, which aimed to utilise the extensive human and physical resources of the consortium on education, training and social infrastructure projects.
Wintec International Development Services
PINZ now operates under the ownership of Wintec, one of the leading institutes of technology (ITPs) in New Zealand and is known as International Development Services. Wintec, a government owned institute of learning, has been providing high quality professional and vocational education to New Zealanders for over 80 years. Wintec is also active in the international arena. Apart from offering its services to international students and institutions abroad, Wintec is also engaged in programs in the education, health and energy sectors in emerging economies.