New Horizon College will open in Christchurch in August
New Horizon College to open in Christchurch

New Zealand ELT provider New Horizon College, part of the ICL Education Group, has announced it will open a new campus in Christchurch in partnership with Avonmore Tertiary Institute.

The new school is due to open in August, adding to the original New Horizon College established in Napier in 1989 and one of three ELT schools in the ICL portfolio, along with ICL Graduate Business School.


The Napier school offers ELT programmes including General English, preparation for the Ielts and Cambridge exams, 40+ courses and English plus Golf. 


Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie, Director of New Horizon, said, "For some years we have hoped to be able to open in Christchurch, and now we are delighted to be doing so in partnership with such a long-established and reputable partner as Avonmore.


"Our many years of experience in the English language sector, combined with Avonmore's substantial Christchurch pedigree, make us a considerable partnership."


Avonmore Tertiary Institute was established in 1988 and also has licensed or partner campuses in Auckland, Takapuna, Manukau, Tauranga and Rotorua.


Directors of Avonmore, Mike Hadley and Karl Yates, said, "Adding English language to the range of programmes Avonmore offers makes perfect sense given the recent changes to the government's immigration settings.


"Avonmore is repositioning itself by offering English language courses that will enable students to pathway onto our diploma programmes and to our pathway partners at Ara and Lincoln and Canterbury universities. We have established a high-quality educational hub in the heart of the new city, which we believe will attract international students to a fine education experience."


In a joint statement, the two providers said they were both NZQA Category 1 providers, and said that the venture was the first new language school back in Christchurch since the 2011 earthquakes.


New Horizon College is a member school of English New Zealand, of which Ewen was recently Chair.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor