Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)

About Ministry of Education, New Zealand...


Stonefields School

New schools in New Zealand, like Stonefields School in Auckland (pictured), incorporate flexible learning environments, which support today’s teaching styles and provide a comfortable environment for students to learn in. All state schools in New Zealand will have ultra-fast broadband by the end of 2015.



Kim Shannon
Head of Education Infrastructure Service
Ministry of Education
45-47 Pipitea St
Thorndon, PO Box 1666 Wellington
Web site: http://www.minedu.govt.nz


Roles and responsibilities

The Education Infrastructure Service (EIS) is the part of New Zealand’s Ministry of Education which is responsible for maintaining and modernising around 2300 state schools, at a cost of NZD 600m each year.

For the last 25 years, we have provided funding directly to school Boards of Trustees, and they decide what to spend the money on, with guidance from us about priorities. However, we are now taking a stronger role as a strategic asset manager.

EIS also centrally funds and manages a number of national programmes, such as the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, the Building Improvement Programme to repair leaky buildings in schools, an Earthquake Resilience programme, and the Schools Network Upgrade Project to connect all state schools to ultra-fast broadband.


Main areas of policy and research interest

  • Modern learning environments and links between pedagogy, student achievement and school design;
  • The role of digital technology in student achievement and the infrastructure required to support optimal use of this technology; 
  • The use of standard specifications, reference designs, prefabrication and other approaches to maximise the school property estate’s economies of scale;
  • Alternative procurement methodologies that optimise whole of life cost; and
  • Improving the utilisation of school facilities to achieve desirable whole of government outcomes including multi-agency ownership and presence.

Exemplary facilities and good practice in educational facilities investment

Click here to access more than 20 educational facilities featured and/or submitted to the OECD Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, in addition to guidelines, policy and research documents and other relevant information on New Zealand.


Latest news

- In June 2014, Pegasus Bay School, New Zealand’s first zero net energy school, was opened near Christchurch. It is the first school to open in Canterbury since the earthquakes. Watch the video.

- September 2013: Minister of Education Hekia Parata and Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye announced a plan to transform the way school property is delivered to better support 21st Century learning environments and improved outcomes for students. The Ministry has created a fund of NZD 300m to assist approximately 30 schools to deliver essential infrastructure and modernise their facilities over 6 years. See article

- The Ministry is managing a major programme of work to repair and renew the Greater Christchurch schools network after the widespread damage and disruption suffered during the major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. A total of $1.137b is being invested into the programme over 10 years.


Why join the Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNE)? The New Zealand Ministry of Education says:

"We value our engagement with the GNE, and with our counterparts in other countries. It is extremely valuable to us to have the opportunity to access examples of best practice in facility design, provision of capacity, management and procurement. This information enables us to leverage off a substantial body of experience and research to the benefit of New Zealand education as a whole.”

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