International education growing well in Bay of Plenty

Press releases
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hon Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga
Todd Muller, MP for Bay of Plenty

Statistics from Education New Zealand show the number of international students in the country grew 13 per cent last year, with an even bigger growth reflected in the Bay of Plenty.

Over 110,000 (110,198) international students are currently enrolled in the New Zealand education system.

Tauranga MP, Simon Bridges says there was a 15 per cent growth in international student enrolments in the Bay of Plenty in 2014.

“This equates to 538 more enrolments, bringing the total to 4,102 enrolments in 2014”.

The Bay of Plenty shows the second highest growth in the country behind Auckland at 17 per cent.

“This is a great for our local education providers, and also benefits our local economy and communities”, says Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller.

“International education is the country’s fifth largest export industry, contributing $2.85 billion to the New Zealand economy annually, and supporting more than 30,000 jobs.

“We are a trading nation, so building these international links is important for us to prosper.

“To continue growing this industry we need to keep promoting our strengths – our great Kiwi attitude, our strong student experience, and our high-quality education providers.”

The International Education Snapshot 2014 full-year report is available at: