Formed In 2012 as an incorporated society, Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand (FABENZ) arose from the amalgamation of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (NZABE) and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPNZ) Foundation Forum.

FABENZ exists to provide a shared platform for tertiary educators across the sector to work to promote foundation and bridging education as a means of empowering and creating success for learners, their families and communities, and for society and the economy.

Its objectives are:

  • To promote professional development, collaboration and research, both nationally and
    internationally, for foundation and bridging educators.
  • To encourage, promote and widen access and successful participation in tertiary education,
    leading to employment or further study.
  • To be proactive in informing policy development and to be recognised as the peak consultative body for all foundation and bridging education by tertiary education organisations, professional organisations, the government, and the community.