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New Zealand Qualifications Authority

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA, Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa) is the New Zealand government crown entity tasked with providing national and international leadership in assessment and qualifications. The NZQA quality assure secondary and tertiary qualifications and education providers, evaluate overseas qualifications and administer the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications and the National Qualifications Framework, including the NCEA and the New Zealand Scholarship.

It is a "Crown Entity" established under the section 248 of the Education Act 1989. In July 1990 it took over the work of the former Universities Entrance Board, the Ministry of Education's examinations, the Trades Certification Board and the Authority for Advanced Vocational Awards.

NZQA is funded from the central government as well as fees, with the budget being about $70 million each year.

In 2005 the Authority's Chairman and CEO resigned after an investigation by the State Services Commission into the 2004 New Zealand Scholarship exams. In the physics exams only 39 out of 1,012 students who sat the exam received a scholarship while in English the result was 228 out of 587. This, and the state of the Authority as a whole at that time, was described by media as a "debacle".

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