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University of New Zealand

The former University of New Zealand existed as New Zealand's only university from 1870 to 1961. It was based on the federal structure of the University of London.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Secondary School qualifications previously awarded by the UNZ
3 Te Wananga o Aotearoa
4 Constituent Colleges
5 Related Links


The University was founded by the University of New Zealand Act in 1870, however a formal structure was not agreed upon until 1902.

The university was dissolved by the Universities Act in 1961, and degree-conferring powers were restored to the constituent Colleges. (someone PLEASE add more)

Secondary School qualifications previously awarded by the UNZ

The University used to set its own entrance examination and also used to award bursaries and scholarships to financially assist study. These were considered de-facto national qualifications since they were no other competing awards. These awards, New Zealand University Entrance, the New Zealand University Bursary and the New Zealand University Entrance Scholarship, were awarded, by examination, by the University until its dissolution. Upon dissolution awarding powers were transferred to the Government-controlled Universities Entrance Board, which formalised these as qualifications. The Universities Entrance Board was in turn amalgamated into the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in 1990.

In 2004 the Entrance, Bursary and Scholarship awards are being abolished. Entrance and Bursary will be replaced by the NCEA at level III, and the Entrance Scholarship will be replaced by the New Zealand Scholarship.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa

For a while now there has been a wananga (type of New Zealand educational institution) which has been calling itself the University of New Zealand as its English translation. This institution has no connection with the former University. The confusion stems from the translation from the Maori language to English.

This institution is formally registered as a wananga, and is to be regarded as such.

Constituent Colleges

in order of affiliation/creation, dates in brackets

Related Links

(See the list above for the websites of the constituent colleges)