Primary ITO and Te Pūkenga

Primary ITO has joined Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider.

Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing Primary ITO ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

Being a part of Te Pūkenga means we are more connected to the other organisations delivering vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand and we will work with them to share skills and knowledge to better help you succeed.

We are excited to be part of Te Pūkenga which has been set up as part of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Learning. Te Pūkenga is creating a network of online, on-campus and on-job learning to give learners more flexibility in what, where and how they learn.

Advisory bodies

Primary ITO relies on a range of industry and community experts to guide our work.

Industry Partnership Groups (IPGs) 

The IPGs are the voice of the primary industry. They are grassroots participants committed to growing their sector and organisations. IPGs directly inform training requirements in their areas of expertise. This ensures we can deliver the most relevant and appropriate training programmes.  

Learn more about our IPGs

He Kanohi Kitea 

He Kanohi Kitea is a four-member group of experienced and well-connected people in the Māori Primary Industry and Pasifika community. They are a respected that provide us with insight and advice. 

Their collective manaakitanga enhances our commitment to Tiriti o Waitangi and our collective desire to meet the needs of all people. 

Learn more about He Kanohi Kitea

Other organisations' roles in vocational education

Reform of Vocational Education

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is promising more support for people while they’re training. Workplace-based learning, like that supported by Primary ITO, will have a central role, with regional, sector and skills leadership helping to guide people to get the right training, in the right place, at the right time.

More information on RoVE is available at

If you have any questions or would like more information about this change you can contact us at [email protected] or on 0800 20 80 20.