The Executive Committee is pleased to provide an update on the status of our application to the Ministry of Education for Tourism Achievement Standards. Tourism has now been included as a proposed new NCEA subject in the Social Sciences area, this is very positive, but we still have work to do.

Proposed changes to NCEA Level 2 and 3 subjects are part of a broader programme of changes to strengthen NCEA for all learners in Aotearoa New Zealand. The changes give effect to Cabinet’s vision for NCEA Level 1 to become a broad and foundational qualification and introduce opportunities for greater specialisation and deeper learning at Levels 2 and 3.

The provision of tourism achievement standards in secondary schools across NZ will provide students with the opportunity to study a tourism programme which is fit for purpose and reflective of a wide spectrum of possibilities for the tourism industry both today and in the future.

The TTA-NZ considers this essential to changing the negative perception of tourism held by students, parents and communities. 

The Ministry advises that this public engagement process is focused on the Achievement Standards, not the Unit standards that are also available. In some cases they will need to work with standard setting bodies for unit standards to confirm how the different standards will relate. More information on standards is available here:

Further information is available in the attached document and at this  link. Please consider pages 6 and 7 in particular, which outlines the scope and vision for this project.

We encourage you and your tourism colleagues to ‘have your say’ about this proposal here

We will be in touch with further information as it comes to hand. Please contact me or your regional leader if you have any questions.

Ngā mihi


Chairperson- Tourism Teachers Association New Zealand