Learn about NZMA

If you want a career in hospitality, cookery, business, contact centre, retail, construction, electrical engineering or early childhood then you’ve come to the right place!

NZMA’s wide range of vocational courses and qualifications will help you get an awesome job in one of these exciting industries.

Why Choose Us?

NZMA is a part of ACG’s vocational colleges; we are a provider of quality educational services. NZQA has ranked us a Category 1 provider, which is their highest ranking.

Retail courses Otahuhu and Hamilton

Benefit for students

  • Small class sizes
  • Fun, supportive learning environment
  • Great tutors with plenty of industry experience
  • Vocational, industry-based training gives you real workplace skills
  • Top-quality facilities
  • Authentic training environments in every campus (bars, restaurants, student-run cafes and fully operational contact centre suites just to name a few)
  • NZQA-accredited qualifications
  • Industry partnerships – we’re the preferred training provider for many of NZ’s leading employers
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Free employment support through NZMA Careers
  • Pathways to further study, both within NZMA and to universities in New Zealand and overseas

Our Campuses

We have three thriving campuses – two in Auckland (Sylvia Park and Otahuhu) and one in Hamilton, plus a dedicated construction training facility in Otahuhu. So wherever you live, NZMA has got you covered!

All of our campuses are fully equipped with purpose-built, top of the line facilities. From bars, cafes and commercial kitchens, to retail shops, live contact centre suites and construction workshops – our realistic workplace training environments will get you work-ready quicker.

Each NZMA campus has its own unique flavour. Take a look and see where you would like to study.

General Information

NZMA’s Vision

To be a leader in New Zealand education by making a meaningful difference to the lives of our students and their communities.

NZMA’s Values

  • Innovation
    We encourage each other to think outside the box, collaborate and be creative.
    Stakeholder-driven, we are innovators and leaders in our approach to vocational education
  • Passion
    We believe in our students and in what we do, which inspires a commitment to achieve excellence
  • Quality
    We have a shared commitment to achieve the highest standards through clear communication, regular self-assessment and a focus on maximising our value to our students and other stakeholders
  • Respect
    We believe in, and value, individual and cultural diversity to encourage collaboration and teamwork
  • Integrity
    We deliver on our promises.
    We are honest, responsible, accountable and transparent.
    We do the right thing by all our stakeholders

About ACG

ACG Group - outstanding educational services with proven quality and results.

ACG is a leading independent provider of educational services providing a range of programmes: Pre-school/Kindergarten, Primary, Middle and Senior School education, English Language courses, University Foundation Studies for the University of Auckland and AUT University and a wide range of Certificates, Diplomas and Degree pathways.

ACG Tertiary & Careers - the tertiary division of the ACG Group - offers excellent skills-based training in Cookery, Hospitality, Business, Retail, Contact Centre, Construction, Digital Design, Health and Early Childhood Education.

Our efforts to cater for the needs of the individual have seen us develop a range of schools for students and their families who have put their trust in us to provide a first-class education. ACG Schools and Colleges are all co-educational and share common values and philosophies. They offer the best educational pathways leading to respected universities. ACG is also part of a worldwide network of schools that are connected to the University of Cambridge and the International Baccalaureate associations through their international examination programmes.

ACG’s schools, and vocational colleges comprise:

New Zealand schools

  •        ACG Parnell College 
  •        ACG Senior College
  •        ACG Strathallan
  •        ACG Sunderland 
  •        ACG Tauranga


  •        University of Auckland Certificate in Foundations Studies
  •        AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies
  •        Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme
  •        ACG English School

Vocational colleges

  •        Animation College
  •        South Seas Film & Television School
  •        ACG Yoobee School of Design
  •        AMES – The Institute of IT
  •        New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA)
  •        New Zealand School of Tourism (NZST)
  •        New Zealand Career College

Governance and Management

The Executive Team and Board are responsible for the governance of the organisation.

The Board meets monthly to:

  • discuss NZMA’s strategic direction
  • review financial performance
  • determine business objectives
  • select management to operationalise policies and objectives

The Senior Management Team (comprised of the Chief Executive and Directors) communicates daily, and takes care of the on-going operations of the business.

Fee Protection

NZMA operates under the strict NZQA student fee protection policy as required by the New Zealand Government. Student fees are protected in the unlikely event that NZMA is unable to deliver a student’s tuition.

Academic Advisory Board

NZMA has an independent Academic Advisory Board, which provides guidance in terms of programme development, delivery and moderation so that:

  • Our students and other stakeholders can be confident that NZMA delivers its courses with the appropriate academic rigour and commitment to quality.
  • Other partners, whose products we are delivering, can be confident that NZMA delivers their products with the appropriate academic rigour.
  • Other organisations (for example universities and other tertiary institutions both in New Zealand and internationally) can confidently grant our graduates articulated pathways/advanced standing into their programmes.

The Board is chaired by Dr Alastair MacCormick, who spent 14 years at Auckland University as Dean of the Business School, later serving terms there as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Acting Vice-Chancellor. Dr MacCormick is an Emeritus Professor. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and an MCom in Economics from the University of Auckland, and a PhD in Management Science from Yale University.

Currently a professional director, Dr MacCormick has experience across a range of public and private companies, including new venture companies with a technology focus. His corporate and consulting assignments have spanned the business, government, not-for-profit and university sectors in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. He has been extensively involved in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation through both PECC and APEC. Dr MacCormick is also Chairman of the Business Innovation Centre Advisory Board for the Auckland University of Technology.

NZQA Quality Commitment

At NZMA we are committed to offering quality learning. We are ranked as a Category 1 provider on NZQA’s EER rating which is the best rating possible for providers.

This means that we are on the highest tier of private tertiary educators and operate under a four year NZQA External Evaluation and Review (EER) cycle. NZMA’s most recent EER was in 2013, where we retained our Category 1 status.

NZQA highly confident

Yearly Performance Indicators

NZMA Accreditation

NZMA is accredited and registered with these organisations:

  • logo brand28

    Tertiary Education Commission

  • logo Study Link


  • logo

    Institute of Hospitality UK

  • logo NZQA

    Education New Zealand

  • logo

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority

  • logo restaurant nz

    Restaurant Association of New Zealand

  • logo service IQ

    Service IQ

Want to be part of the NZMA team?

Find out more about working for us

Work with us!
Latest News and Events from the Campus

New Initiatives Get Graduates Jobs

Read full story

ACG further expands its New Zealand vocational group

Read full story

NZMA Gets TEC Vote of Confidence

Read full story

Sixty-five students land jobs at NZMA's Careers Expo

Read full story