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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 13 September 2019, 4:38 pm
Update from ITPNZ

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

Consultation opened this week on the proposed updated computing and IT qualifications. These qualifications are taught in tertiary institutions across New Zealand and recognised on the NZ Qualifications Framework.

We're also really excited to announce another keynote for ITx Rutherford next month - Clarke Ching. Clarke is an international best-selling author, speaker and consultant on agile productivity. He has helped some of the world's best-known brands understand Agile, Lean and the Theory of Constraints, including Dell, GE Energy, Royal London, BskyB and more.

And if that's not enough, acclaimed entertainer and comedian Brendhan Lovegrove has been announced as the dinner MC - it's going to be a great night and an awesome few days.

Consultation open on updated Computing/IT Qualifications

IT Professionals NZ and NZQA National Qualifications Service have recently commenced a scheduled review of the Computing and IT qualifications on the NZ Qualifications Framework (Levels 2-6).

ITPNZ and NZQA are co-developers of all recognised computing and IT qualifications in New Zealand, listed on the NZ Qualifications Framework, below degree level.

Full details of the review progress is on the Review Webpage.

Based on feedback from an initial consultation process and recommendations from specialist Working Groups, a number of changes are being proposed to the existing suite of qualifications. The proposed changes include:

  • Updating all qualifications to better match current industry practice and needs
  • Merging the NZ Diploma of Networking and NZ Diploma of Systems Administration into a new NZ Diploma of IT Infrastructure (Level 6)
  • Refreshing the Networking and Systems Administration diplomas (whether separate or merged) with a focus shift towards virtual/cloud and automation perspectives
  • Changing the NZ Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) from 40 credits to 60 credits
  • Expiring the NZ Diploma in Database Administration (Level 6), and creating a new Data Analysis strand in the NZ Diploma in Information Systems (level 6).
  • A number of other smaller changes across the qualification suite.

But we need to know we're meeting industry's needs with these qualifications. Whether you're familiar with them or not, we really need your feedback.

You can provide feedback quickly and easily below, and choose whether you just want to provide high-level feedback or detailed feedback about the qualifications.

Provide your feedback here

You can find more details about the proposed changes from the "IT and computing qualifications review 2019" section on this page. Consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 30 September 2019.


ITx Rutherford

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 low and we'd absolutely love to see you there. More

Each week we're profiling one of the keynotes, with Agile and Productivity Guru Clarke Ching announced today for the Wednesday opening talk.

Wednesday Keynote: Clarke Ching

Agile and Productivity Guru

Clarke Ching

Clarke Ching is an international best-selling author, speaker and consultant on agile productivity. He has helped some of the world's best-known brands understand Agile, Lean and the Theory of Constraints, including Dell, GE Energy, Royal London, BskyB and more.

Clarke is the author of "Rolling Rocks Downhill - The Agile Novel that never mentions Agile" and the bestseller "The Bottleneck Rules" recently featured in The Guardian newspaper and The Spectator magazine.

He's been powered by Eli Goldratt's Theory of Constraints and Lean for over 20 years, and Agile since 2003.

How to be effective: Agile and the Bottleneck

Ever find that no matter how hard you work or how long you work, things still don't get done?

With a particular focus on Agile, international best-selling author Clarke Ching will show you how to overcome the top blockers hobbling most teams. They cause delays, force rework, and trap enormous amounts of business value inside your customer's backlogs.

To be effective you also need to be able to get others onside with your ideas. Through stories and anecdotes, Clarke will also show you how to use humour and stories like trojan horses that sneak your "bloody good ideas" out of your head and into other people's heads… without them fighting back.

Find out more about ITx here or check out the Programme


Gala Dinner MC: Brendhan Lovegrove

We're really excited to announce the details of the ITx Rutherford Gala Dinner, MC'd by one of New Zealand's top entertainers and comedians Brendhan Lovegrove. The Gala Dinner is on the Thursday night of ITx Rutherford next month.

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Brendhan was host of TVNZ's Pulp Comedy alongside various 7 Days appearances. He's won the coveted NZ Comedy Guild's Best Male Comedian award an unprecedented 9 times along with a Billy T James Award and a host of other awards.

Following the dinner, Paul Madsen's SuperStar Band will be rocking the house until late. Paul Madsen (of Stars in Their Eyes fame) heads up some of NZ's best tribute show performances and this will be an incredible night.

All standard ITx tickets get FREE entry to the gala dinner including a gourmet meal, open bar, entertainment, and live band until late. And for those who want to carry on, we'll be hosting an after-party until the wee small hours.

It's going to be a great night and a great event - come join us!


Timothy Kasbe no longer speaking

Unfortunately former keynote Timothy Kasbe is no longer speaking at ITx Rutherford. We'll be announcing a replacement shortly, alongside the final keynote to be announced early next week.


ITx Rutherford 2019 App available now

The ITx Rutherford 2019 App is out now 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 free app on your device at


Find out more about ITx Rutherford 2019 and register here


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