New Zealand

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New Zealand is a major contributor to COL’s budget and is represented on COL’s Board of Governors. The country provides support and expertise to COL’s initiatives in the Pacific region, as well as contributing to Pan-Commonwealth activities.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL partners in New Zealand include:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • OER Foundation
  • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Skills International

Key Contacts

COL Board of Governors

Dr Caroline Seelig
(COL Honorary Fellow and former Honorary COL Adviser)

Focal Point

Ms Eva Laurenson
Policy Officer, Multilateral
Partnerships, Humanitarian, and Multilateral Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade


Notable Mentions

Ms Shona E. Butterfield, CNZM, COL Honorary Fellow and former member of COL Board of Governors

Dr Robin Day, former COL Chair (Otago Polytechnic)

Dr Mark Nichols, Honorary COL Adviser

Mr William L. Renwick, member of COL’s Founding Board of Governors

Dr Linda Sissons, CNZM, former COL Board of Governors Chair and COL Honorary Fellow

The Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith, KNZM, former member of COL Board of Governors

Ms Jenny Williams, former Honorary COL Adviser

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