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Our motto here is work hard, play hard. A popular destination for students, not only do we offer first-rate education but our thriving economy and diverse region means internships and job opportunities are aplenty.

Home to world class education with the likes of Massey UniversityUCOL | Te Pūkenga, and IPU New Zealand, there are heaps of exciting tertiary options all with real life job opportunities as the shining light at the end of the tunnel. 

We're known as the center for education, recognised nationally and internationally for inspiring great minds of the future. Don’t mean to brag but we do have the highest number of PhDs per capita in the country, including the highest number of Māori with doctoral degrees.

With three main tertiary institution’s, private training organisations establishments, Te Wananga Aotearoa, industry training organisations, along with three Crown Research Institutes, and more than 70 primary, intermediate and secondary schools, we’re famous for our excellent education offerings, from kindy to degrees.

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The centre for education


Manawatū is recognised nationally and internationally for inspiring great minds of the future. With excellent education options for the whole whanau, Manawatū has got in going on. 

There are a range of high schools, some with boarding options in region, and a selection of intermediate and primary schools. We've also got fantastic early childhood options.

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Tertiary providers //

Massey university

Massey University continues to be the leader in land-based sciences, the development, production and packaging of food, education, sports exercise and management, business, social work and social policy, Māori development, IT and engineering.

It is also home to university-based aviation school, WH Oliver Humanities Research Academy, and New Zealand’s only veterinary science programme, which is one of a few vet schools outside of North America that have received American veterinary medical association accreditation.

Massey University’s work defines New Zealand, enables New Zealand to compete globally and leads the way in research and technology development. The Palmerston North campus is also a leader in the sport and well-being arena with world-class facilities, teaching and research expertise and the Massey University Sports Academy.

Massey in Palmerston North offers well-priced student accommodation in the Halls of Residence, and the city offers free bus service to get around the city.

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+64 6 350 5701
0800 Massey (627 739)


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[email protected]
+64 6 952 7000
0800 GO UCOL
(0800 468 265)

UCOL | Te Pūkenga

UCOL is part of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, Te Pūkenga. Te Pūkenga, was established in 2020 as one of seven key changes in the Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE). 

Te Pūkenga is bringing together a national network of integrated learning that supports learners, employers and communities to gain the skills, knowledge, and capabilities Aotearoa needs now and for the future. Locally UCOL Te Pūkenga has over 100 foundation courses, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications available, its programmes are designed to fit all lifestyles.

UCOL’s excellent reputation draws students from far and wide with its Palmerston North campus right in the heart of the city. UCOL exists to inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed. Lecturers take a relationships-based approach to teaching, and there are small student-teacher ratios and class sizes. There are also dedicated student support staff available to help students thrive and grow with every step of the journey. Students are immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that surpass industry standards.

Students learn from staff who care about the success of UCOL and their students, and who are dual-professionals – not just teachers but experts in their fields. Their ongoing connections with industry means that UCOL’s programmes will prepare its students to succeed in today’s working environments. Lecturers pass on their knowledge to help students develop the skills needed to make a difference wherever they work in the world.

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IPU new zealand

IPU New Zealand offers a unique environment for those who want to learn about their role in the global community. By catering to international students from a wide range of backgrounds, IPU New Zealand offers a truly multicultural setting.

IPU New Zealand also welcomes domestic students who are looking to study in the fields of International Business, International Relations, Japanese Studies, and TESOL & Language Studies. Degree, diploma, and postgraduate programmes are offered, which are all approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). IPU New Zealand has been given the highest possible rank available for Tertiary Institutes by NZQA: Category 1 - Highly Confident.

IPU New Zealand's small classes and individualised support from internationally-experienced staff ensure that students achieve academic success, and are on the right track to developing their career pathway.

The institute offers the opportunities to travel to Japan whilst studying, whether through the 20-week exchange in IPU Japan (Okayama), our two-year Double Degree Programme, or through the Business Internship at Tokyo International Business College. Students can gain critical experience and knowledge, using IPU New Zealand’s global network of educational providers.

Campus accommodation is offered to students, with ten halls of residence providing safe-and-supportive accommodation which feels like a home away from home, with all meals and campus facilities provided. IPU New Zealand provides an environment which is excellent for studying, learning languages and socialising. With a range of activities happening on campus and many events in the city, students enjoy a vibrant student lifestyle.

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+64 6 354 0922
0800 367 472


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