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.

Meet The Executive


Anne Kennington

Senior Academic Staff Member
Centre for Foundation Studies

Phone: +647 834 8800 x 8982
Mobile: +6427 388 3897

Private Bag 3036
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240


Warwick Hill

Senior Tutor Foundation Learning

DDI 07 3468908
Fax 07 3468768

Waiariki Institute of Technology
Mokoia Drive
Rotorua, 3010
Private Bag 3028, Rotorua 3046


Rae Trewartha

Co-ordinator FABENZ
Senior Lecturer

DD: +64 9 815 4321 Ext 8378
Mobile: +64 21 802 578

Unitec Institute of Technology
Private Bag 92 025
Victoria Street
West Auckland 1142


Jill Davidson

Senior Lecturer
Certificates in Foundation Studies

Ph: +64 3 477 3014
Mobile: +64 21 732 121

Otago Polytechnic
Private Bag 1910
Dunedin 9054


Mary Manderson

Academic Leader Foundation Studies

DD: +64 4 237 3103 Ext 3779
Mobile: +64274880266

Whitireia New Zealand
Private Bag 50 910,
Porirua 5240


Briar Hamilton

Academic Co-ordinator:
Foundation Education
Professional and Continuing
Education (PaCE)

Ph: +64 6 356 9099 Ext 80827

Massey University
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442


Shar O’Brien

Co-ordinating Tutor
Certificate in Preparation for Tertiary Study

Ph: +64 3 578 0215 Ext 557

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Te Whare Wananga o Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui
85 Budge S
PO Box 643
Blenheim 7240


Janet Bland

Programme Leader
Foundation & Bridging Academic Skills

Ph: 64 3 940 8693

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Te Mātāpuna o Te Mātauraka
PO Box 540
Christchurch 8140