On 10 January 2007 the School's ancestor Export Training Services, started operations on a very small scale in Queen Street, Palmerston North. Out of the foundations put in place by Export Training Services arose the New Zealand School of Export. The School was officially opened on December 7, 2007 by the Honourable Steve Maharey, MP for Palmerston North. By then the School's operations had moved to its current premises at Aokautere Park, east of the City.
The flagship qualification offered by the School is the Diploma of International Trade and graduates of this course are currently working in companies in New Zealand and around the world. In 2011 the Exporter Health Check was launched and has been very successfully used in two Taranaki companies.
While the economic downturn in New Zealand and global events have undoubtedly affected the School, it has cemented its place within export training in New Zealand. Significantly the New Zealand School of Export remains the only New Zealand organisation to be accredited by IATTO - the International Association of Trade Training Organisations.
Congratulations to all staff, adjunct faculty, graduates and current students for their hard work and commitment over the last five years. Ad Multos Annos.
Message from the Director Dr Romuald Rudzki:
As we enter 2012, it is not only the 5th anniversary of the New Zealand School of Export but also - on 21st December 2012 - the Mayan prophecy for the end of time (the 13th buktun). The first event is definitely happening, the second less definite, although both show a remarkable similarity in terms of the amount of time available to do things before the ‘Big Event’. Whatever happens, remember the old saying ‘Nobody lay on their death-bed wishing they had spent more time at the office.’ Best Wishes for a Very Happy and Peaceful Year!