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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 30 August 2019, 4:35 pm
Update from ITPNZ

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews

The ITP National Board met this week to review progress against the Annual Plan. As well as additional things such as a large qualifications review and input into the Review of Vocational Education, almost all of the Annual Plan projects are progressing really well.

Also, don't forget that ITx Rutherford 2019 Earlybird Registrations close tomorrow, so save $100 by registering today. We would love to have you along. Plus, the app has been released on Apple AppStore and Google Play, and the programme continues to get better! Don't miss out.


How are things progressing this year?

The ITP National Board met on Wednesday in Wellington this week, to review progress towards this year's annual plan (amongst other things).

By and large, things at ITP are in a very good place. We've made significant progress on the annual plan items, especially ITx Rutherford 2019 and the Tahi Rua Toru Tech in-school programme, but the other items as well.

Projects well in hand include:

  • Establishing our free skills development advisory service for ITP Corporate Partners (as well as a paid consultancy arm to help organisations with the implementation)
  • ITx Rutherford 2019 - this is going gangbusters! Registrations are flowing in and we have a truly incredible programme lined up
  • Tahi Rua Toru Tech, our in-school programme is bursting at the seams with schools participating. It's really taken off this year and we're in the process of looking at what next year looks like
  • Immigration Skills and Qualifications Assessment - this is happening and we're providing excellent expertise into the qualification assessment process
  • Seoul Accord - work is continuing in this space

Projects underway to be complete by the end of the year:

  • Expansion of the promotion of our CITPNZ and CTech certifications. You may have seen more of this online and (for example) on billboards at the airport, but we have more planned as well, especially for the October/November period.
  • Launch expanded Mentoring Programme - we have an excellent Mentoring programme in place but are making some major changes - stay tuned for details before the end of the year.
  • A major new service for ITP members - we can't wait to announce this towards the end of the year, for an early 2020 release. More in due course.

There's a heap of other things going on under "business as usual" of course, including courses, events and much much more. We're also heavily involved in providing an independent voice influencing various Govt, educational and other initiatives.

Our professional membership has also grown this year, which is always good. Our subsidiary companies are also both doing really well, and meeting their dual purpose of funding ITP's activities while also contributing to the benefit we provide New Zealand.

And lastly, we're performing well financially these days - probably in a better position than any other time in the organisation's 59-year history.

So by and large, the Board found things are progressing really well and this is down to the incredible and broad range of people who contribute to our profession's success. This includes the genuinely dedicated team of professionals we have at the ITP head office in Wellington, but also those who contribute to ITP in all sorts of ways including our National Board, Branch Committees across NZ, other Boards and Working Groups, via Tahi Rua Toru Tech and Techhub in-school programmes and much much more.

So if you're contributing to your profession through ITP, thank you! We're all working together to make a really big difference.


ITx Rutherford

ITx Rutherford Earlybird Registration close tomorrow

Earlybird registrations are open for ITx Rutherford 2019 and tickets are going fast! However Earlybird Registrations closes on 31 August, that's tomorrow. If you want to save money, register now!

Check out the programme

ITx Rutherford 2019 is a national conference and will be held in Nelson on 9-11 October (main conference on 10-11th). Registration costs are far lower than other tech conferences and we'd absolutely love to see you there. More

Each week we're profiling one of the keynotes in each Newsline, with wellbeing expert Gaynor Parkins this week.


ITx Rutherford Keynote: Gaynor Parkin

CEO and Founder, Umbrella Wellbeing Ltd

Gaynor Parkins

Gaynor Parkin is a Clinical Psychologist who founded Umbrella Wellbeing Ltd, New Zealand's leading workplace wellbeing practice. She's a workplace wellbeing expert and as an author, has contributed greatly to the field.

Gaynor will outline real, practical steps to improve psychological safety in the workplace, and how improving psychological safety has been proven to increase innovation, the amount of learning individuals make from mistakes, and staff engagement.

Psychological safety in the workplace

Gaynor will outline real, practical steps to improve psychological safety in the workplace, and how improving psychological safety has been proven to increase innovation, the amount of learning individuals make from mistakes, and staff engagement.

Find out more about ITx here 


ITx Rutherford 2019 App now live

The ITx Rutherford 2019 App is now live on both the Apple AppStore and Google Play.

The app has the full programme, alongside speaker profiles, in-conference social media and much more. The app is released with thanks to CCL, the app sponsor.

You can download the app on your device at


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