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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.

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Interview with Dr Bloomfield

We are honoured to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health on 25 May 2021 via Zoom. Questions were collected from each class prior and our student representative, Sianna Faalavaau, alongside the communications manager of Crown were responsible for conducting the interview.

On behalf of Crown Institute of Studies, we would like to thank Dr. Bloomfield and his team for their effort in keeping us safe. Last but not least, we would like to thank Dr. Bloomfield for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. The interview will be shared with all students and staff of Crown Institute of Studies .

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Crown Local Advisory Committee Meeting

We held our Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting last Friday at the Auckland City Hotel, one of our partner’s venue.

Our LAC meets formally twice a year, it serves as a platform for us to collect feedback and updates from our partners. These insights are extremely important as it helps to keep our programmes relevant. It also sheds light on the type of skills and roles that are in demand, which is crucial for us when it comes to development of new programmes and short courses.

During the meeting, we updated the partners on what’s happening at Crown and we had meaningful discussions on topics such as skills and attributes required in the post-covid era, development of short courses…etc.

The LAC members that attended are:

  • Ross Chin – Auckland City Hotel
  • Benjamin Dale – Akorn Destination Management
  • Richard Froggatt – Regency Tourism Group
  • Daniel Henderson – SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
  • Troy Huston – Function Staff
  • Tash Lawrence – AJ Hackett Bungy
  • Paul Fuimaono – Toru Tours
  • Edwin Saldanha – STAAH
  • Leon Shouksmith – Flatpack Global
  • Jacqui Wilkinson – Adventure Capital
  •  Gaye Wood – Regency Tourism Group

Thank you once again to all our partners for their continuous support, our next LAC meeting is scheduled to take place in November 2021.

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Crown update & professional development day

It was our honour and pleasure to host a Crown update & professional development day for over 25 career advisors and educators from Auckland based high schools last Friday (7th May 2021). Crown is moving at a fast pace to match the changing needs of students and employers. We currently provide short courses such as Gateway, Star, Internship and English language programmes as well as level 3 – 5 vocational training in Business, Hospitality, Computing and Tourism. We are also actively working on programmes in new subject areas. The event ended with a lunch at The Northern Club, which was served by one of our recent graduates, Jessie Harfield.

Special thanks to our partners, Jerry (The Northern Club), Shona (FUJIFILM Business Innovation NZ) and Jason (iFLY) for being the guest speakers.