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An update from Walt Disney World, Florida!

An update from our Travel & Tourism graduate Teej, who is having an amazing time in on the Cultural Exchange Programme at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  We are so proud of you Teej!

Kia ora Crown whanau,

At the beginning of February, I moved across the world to Orlando, Florida to live my dream of working at Walt Disney World. I moved into Flamingo Crossings Village which is where most of the Disney cast members live while doing the Cultural Exchange Programme or the College Programme. This place is almost like living in a resort. It has two swimming pools with huge screens, a massive gym, basketball and volleyball courts, lots of hang out areas and a huge lawn. There is a shopping centre down the road which has lots of fast food restaurants and a Target for groceries. We also have free bus transport to the four theme parks and the 32 Disney resorts, which is great because we’re able to visit the parks and resorts for free on our days off!

I have moved into an apartment with three Americans – Abbie, Chynna, and Amber – who have been really welcoming and helpful while I navigate my new home. The same day I moved in, my roommate Abbie invited me to go to Magic Kingdom with her and ride the new attraction “Tron” which is only available for cast members and is not open to the public yet. I didn’t think I’d be in one of the theme parks a few hours after moving in!

I want to say a big thank you to Crown for preparing me for this once in a lifetime experience and for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone to do this. I still cannot believe I’m actually here!

For more information about Crown’s travel & tourism courses, contact us on 0800 357 316 or Next courses start in April 2023!

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2023 Educational Trip to Queenstown!

Our 2023 educational trip to Queenstown for selected travel & tourism, hospitality and business students was a huge success!

Thank you to our industry partners iFly and Skyline for talking to our students about their tourism operations.   Students then experienced an indoor skydive, gondola and luge rides.  They also visited Arrowtown (where they panned for gold) and took a boat trip on the TSS Earnslaw to the Walter Peak Farm where they were treated to a scrumptious lunch!

For more information about our educational trips and enrolling into one of our courses, contact us on 0800 357 316 or

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Crown hosts Time Travel Industry Mentor Experience graduation

We were delighted to host the Time Travel Industry Mentor Experience graduation last night in our newly refurbished bar and cafe area.
The Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) is a not-for-profit company established in 2009 in Australia to help ambitious, aspiring leaders of the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Aviation industry accelerate their careers through mentoring.
Some of our hospitality students along with their tutors event planned the graduation.  A great night was had by all!
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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.