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Crown student accepted into Walt Disney World Cultural Exchange Program

Exciting news for one of our NZ Diploma in Tourism & Travel level 5 students, Teej, a previous student from Macleans  College. She has been accepted into “The Cultural Exchange Program” with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA!

It provides Teej with the opportunity to learn directly from some of the best guest service and entertainment professionals in the industry during her 6-month internship with Disney. The program also offers her a life experience of cultures from all over the world, interact with industry experts, and form lifelong friendships – all while being provided with accommodation to live in their exclusive Disney apartment communities

It has been a pleasure watching Teej grow during her time at Crown, and we can’t wait to see what her future holds!

For more information about the program, contact us on 0800 357 316 or  Our next intake of travel and tourism courses is 31 January 2023.  Enrol today!

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Local Advisory Committee (LAC)

We were delighted to host our Local Advisory Committee (LAC) members onsite at campus today.   Managing Director, Dr. Josephine Do presented 2022 Industry Report, taking time to thank partners for their generosity in taking our students as interns this year.  Partners remarked on and affirmed that the students were high-quality.
Crown is in the process of revising the modules for our NZ Diploma in Tourism and Travel level 5.  At the meeting LACs shared and wrote thoughtful, meaningful feedback and comments about the topics they would like to be covered in the programme.  Their feedback is valuable to help us identify stakeholders’ needs as potential employers, and our learners’ needs and employability.

Back row, L to R.  Ryan Cheemee (The Britomart Hotel), Hayden Hamilton (Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ), Leo Medina (AJ Hackett Bungy NZ), Heidi Gillingham (Go with Tourism), Milika Gasparetti (Restaurant Association of NZ), Amy Tregidga (Crown Institute), Pearl Wilson (Crown Institute), Ross Chin (Jireh Hospitality Group), Puretu Puangi (Crown Institute), Rupit Kshatriya (JACAL), Ahmed Al-Joubory (VEMO)

Front row, L to R: Thao Tran (Crown Institute), Joy Mebun (Crown Institute), Gina Paladini (Tomahawk), Gaye Wood (Regency Tourism Marketing), Richard Froggatt (Regency Tourism Marketing), Josephine Do (Crown Institute), Jayme Ji (Marsden Group), Steve Woods (Marsden Group), Luiz Brito (Crown Institute)

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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)

We are thrilled to announce approval and accreditation of our new programme:

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Disability Support and Mental Health and Addiction Support

The programme has approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Tertiary Education Commission.

Programme delivery links, in a small way, to one of Whatu Ora’s primary goals to, over the next two years, drive improved health outcomes and equity by focusing on groups who have greatest opportunity for health gain – Maori, Pacific people and tangata whaiaka / disabled people.

The programme will teach and train learners to become professional Support Workers who support New Zealanders, in a mana-enhancing way, to achieve equality and equity in health outcomes and enable good lives.

Our first intake will be 31 January 2023.

Click HERE for more details.

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Crown’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Scholarships 2022!

50th Anniversary Scholarships

If you love travel, you are a people-person, and want to upskill & gain knowledge, then apply for a Crown scholarship today!

We are giving away scholarships to celebrate our 50th birthday and to help motivated individuals gain a qualification in Travel, Hospitality, Health & Wellbeing or Business.

We’re looking for motivated, passionate people who are genuinely striving towards a career in Travel, Hospitality, Health & Wellbeing or Business! Scholarships range between $2,500 and $5,500 in tuition fees and will be awarded to applicants who are not eligible for the fees free scheme and are interested in studying the below courses starting in our 25 July and 29 August 2022 intake:

  • NZ Certificate in Business L3
  • NZ Certificate in Food & Beverage Hospitality L3
  • NZ Certificate in Travel Level 4
  • NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Level 3

How to apply
All you have to do is tell us about yourself, your aspirations in life, and why you want to study at Crown.

To apply simply go to the link below to fill out the application form.

Who is eligible?
Our scholarships are open to New Zealand citizens and residents. You could be a school leaver or an experienced professional wanting to make a career change. Contact us for full terms and conditions.

Why study Travel & Tourism, Hospitality, Health & Wellbeing or Business?
Still need convincing that these fun and exciting industry’s are for you? Call 0800 357 316 to make an appointment to visit us and learn more about our courses. We’d love to meet you!

For more information about Crown scholarships please contact Amy Tregidga:

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Samoan Language Week 2022

Samoan Language Week 2022 - Sunday 29 May – Saturday 04 June 2022

Fa’aauau le Folauga i le Va’a o Tautai
Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean

Le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is an amazing chance to interact with your aiga (family) in your community, recognise expertise, promote a steady flow of Gagana Samoa speakers into your study and work area, and allow the community to direct the teaching and learning in a fa’asamoa manner – the Samoan way.

The 60th anniversary of Samoa’s independence coincides with Le Vaiaso of le Gagana Samoa 2022.

More information about le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa and other events can be found on the website of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples or the website of your local public library.

Meet Our Samoan Graduates

Grace Lataimoega

Graduate of the Diploma in Tourism and Travel
Guest Attendant
Auckland City Hotel

Crown Institute of Studies have the best tutors and great experiences to offer.”

Siaana Faalavaau

Graduate of the Diploma in Tourism and Travel
Frontline/Ground Crew
AJ Hackett Bungy NZ

“My whole experience at Crown was absolutely the best. From being a shy & keeping to myself type of person, the staff at Crown managed to bring out a completely different side of me – I would say I changed a lot! Crown is a place filled with encouragement & support, a place I cherish the most because it is what helped me be more confident and outgoing as well as gain friends who have become family.” 

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Recipient of Pacific scholarship from Ako Aotearoa – Ronal Reddy

Each year, Ako Aotearoa offers scholarships to Pacific staff in tertiary education to support pathways to leadership and build leadership capability for greater Pacific learner success. 

We are delighted to learn that our deputy head of academic, Ronal Reddy, is one of the recipients of this year’s scholarship.

Ronal is pursuing a Master of Business, via distance learning, from Lincoln University. While broadening the scope of his teaching, it will also build his confidence and capability to aim for higher positions and represent Ni-Vanuatu in the education sector. Ronal is focused on student-centred learning and engages with “Pacific and Māori learning concepts in the classroom to help learners gain and achieve their full potential.” Ronal has a colourful and creative educational history, including adult literacy and numeracy, creative writing, and international tourism management, which are an asset to his teaching and the experience he can impart to his students. He’s an active member of his community, volunteering with the Auckland Choral symphonic choir, local electorate roles, English Language Partners, and the Red Cross.

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Ms. Phillipa Gimmillaro of Hind Management joins Crown’s Local Advisory Committee

We are proud to announce that Ms. Phillipa Gimmillaro – Director of Talent & Culture of Hind Management, is now a member of our Local Advisory Committee (LAC). Phillipa applies over 16 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism sectors in New Zealand, Australia, USA and more recently United Kingdom to her overseeing of six New Zealand hotels in the group, with two more properties under construction.

Phillipa will be joining Crown’s LAC that is composed of leaders and experts from the sector of hospitality, tourism, IT and health and wellbeing. The purpose of the LAC is to advise Crown on emerging trends of the industry and to recommend new courses or revisions of curricula to strengthen the institute’s relevancy. We look forward to working closely with Phillipa in producing great learning outcomes for our students.

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Study pathway with Massey University

Crown Institute of Studies is proud to announce that an agreement has been reached with Massey Business School (MBS) of Massey University.

The agreement covers both domestic and international students. Under this agreement, graduates of Crown’s New Zealand Certificate in Business Level 4 (NZCBL4) will be considered to have met both the academic and English requirement to gain direct entry into Massey’s Bachelor of Business (BBus), any major.

This is an important milestone for Crown Institute of Studies. In addition to the vocational and employment opportunities that are already in place, this agreement provides our student with a clear and secured pathway to further education at a higher level.

We look forward to seeing our students thrive at Massey Business School!


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Crown Managing Director – Dr. Josephine Do joins Function Staff as co-owner

We are thrilled to announce that our managing director, Dr. Josephine Do, has joined Function Staff as its co-owner.

Function Staff is one of the most successful event management and staffing company in Auckland.  Since its establishment 15 years ago, Function Staff has become the preferred partner and supplier for many of New Zealand’s high end brands, events and venues.

As an education provider that offers training in hospitality, business, computing, tourism and travel, Crown has partnered with Function Staff for many years. This partnership has allowed our students to gain paid work experiences during their studies, which is extremely important for a vocational institute like us.

With this growing partnership, we will continue to improve our education services and equip  students with the knowledge, skills and experience to thrive in their selected careers.