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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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Crown Hardship Scholarship

As an institute that specialises in Business, Computing, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism training, we are fully aware of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are in an extremely dynamic situation where everything can change in a matter of days, if not hours, but one thing is common for us all – we are facing an uncertain future. However, we are certain that this will not last forever, the bad times will pass and opportunities will definitely come by again. When opportunities knock, will you be prepared? 

Crown Institute of Studies would like to send support to the people that are affected by the current situation by launching the Crown Hardship Scholarship. The scholarship will be available to New Zealand citizens and residents for our New Zealand Certificate in Computing level 3 course starting 8 February 2022.  It will fund 100% of the tuition fee for those who are not eligible for Fees Free study.

People who are interested in the scholarship can send their expression of interest to, we will consider each application on a case by case basis.

Please contact us for full terms & conditions.

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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.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Crown institute of Studies

2020 has been the most unpredictable year in everyone’s living memory.  The ride’s been wild and exciting but we’ve weathered the storm together and we’re now in a good place.  As we speed down the last days towards Christmas Day, we want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to Crown.  We appreciate you; we wouldn’t be in the good place that we are without you…