Polytechnics first emerged in New Zealand between 1970 and 1980. The National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) was the professional body which provided the central support for technical institutes and polytechnics in New Zealand offering ICT programmes.
The NACCQ was founded in 1988 as a result of a review of the national qualification of data processing and information technology and was responsible for developing and maintaining a family of national computing qualifications in New Zealand, ranging from level 3 to level 7 which also integrated with the university sector. Following the review of the NACCQ in 2010, the body which was named as ‘Computing and Information Technology Research and Education in New Zealand’ which is abbreviated as CITRENZ was formed. Developing and maintaining CITRENZ certificates, diplomas and degrees are among the many tasks performed through this body. It contributes to the maintenance of the relevance of developed courses to meet the changing requirements of New Zealand’s computer and information technology industry, by suggesting timely changes to course prescriptions in response to industry developments.
CITRENZ also staircases with the secondary schools by offering several level 5 courses which offer cross credits towards the Diploma in Information and Communication Technology courses. It also liaises with the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and other relevant national bodies such as New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS) over national issues relating to these courses such as course approval, accreditation, moderation, assessment, professional registration and the like.