What is CATE?

The Careers & Transition Education Association (Aotearoa) Inc, commonly referred to as CATE, is a professional organisation for people working in the fields of career and transition education.From small beginnings it has grown to more than 600 members nationwide.

CATE’s main focus is on the career education of youth and their transition from school into the wider world of employment, training and/or further education. The majority of our members are school careers advisors, transition teachers, STAR, Gateway and Youth Apprenticeship Co-ordinators.  Other members work in associated areas, such as Career Services, tertiary training, local government, private business and industry training organisations.

All areas of New Zealand are represented by 16 regions.  Each region has a representative on the CATE National Executive.  CATE’s President, Secretary and Treasurer head the National Executive, which meets three times a year.


CATE membership is open to any person working in the areas of career and transition education.  To join, contact your local region’s office. Click here for Regional menu

They will be able to give you details of how CATE operates in your region and when the next meeting is.

National Executive

This national association offers invaluable support and advice for careers and transition educators – both new and not so new to Careers and Transition

The current National Executive Committee is based in Taranaki/Manawatu:

President:  Warwick Foy, Sacred Heart Girls College, NP

Email:  president@catenz.org

Phone: (06) 758 5023

Secretary:  Diane Foreman, Inglewood High School

Email:  secretary@catenz.org

Phone:  06 756 8148

Treasurer:  John Adams, Palmerston North Boys’ High School

Email:  treasurer@catenz.org

Phone: (06) 354 5176 ext 763

Auckland Region –ACATE
Craig Dyason, Albany Senior High School

Hawkes Bay Region
Wiki Osborne
Te Aute College

East Cape Region – EastCATE
Craig Wilkie, Lytton High School
PO Box 635, Gisborne 4040
P 06-868 5193, F 06-867 1132

Otago Region
Leeana Duncan, Bayfield High School

Taranaki Region
Warwick Foy, Sacred Heart Girls College, NP

Wellington/ Wairarapa Region
Tia Greenstreet, Wellington College

Mike Woods, St Pats

Bay of Plenty Region
Mikaere Smith, Aquinas College
183 Pyes Pa Road,  RD3
Tauranga 3173

Manawatu Wanganui Horowhenua Region
Pam Murray

Nelson Region
Leigh Gray, Nelson College

South Canterbury Region
Johanna Shaw, Opihi College

Waiariki Region
Lynn Gillespie, Goalline Careers

Canterbury/ Westland Region
Nicole Bailey, Middleton Grange School

Marlborough Region
Cheryl West, Marlborough Girls College

Northland Region – NorthCATE
Blue Newport, Okaihau College

Southland Region
Brigid More, Verdon College

Waikato Region
Jane Thomas, Morrinsville College
P O Box 325, Morrinsville 3340
P 07-889 8308

The National Executive meet three times per year. Meetings for 2019 are on the following dates:

15th March 2019

21st June 2019

13th September 2019

18th November 2019 (at National Conference)

Life Members

We would like to acknowledge the following people who have been afforded Life Membership of CATE:

Maggie Hames Auckland
Lynn Gillespie Waiariki
Sheryl Hewitson Waiariki
Dorothy Mackay Manawatu
Lyn House Wellington
Liz Gray Wellington
Bill Thomas Marlborough
Keith Thompson Canterbury
Alice Baird Otago



A Constitution is a set of “rules” that dictates how an organisation is run.

There are certain rules or clauses that must be included such as the name and purpose of the organisation, the make-up of the executive committee, membership, how meetings are to be held and financial affairs.

Any changes to the Constitution can only occur by submitting a remit for approval at AGM.

CATE Constitution


The Procedures Handbook details all activities CATE undertakes to ensure the Constitution is being followed.

Procedures Handbook 2018


This document is for new Regional Executive Representatives.  It outlines the roles and responsibilities for this position along with information about the meetings and exec procedures.



The conference is held annually in November in different locations around New Zealand.

If you have any queries about the abstract submission process, please do not hesitate to contact James Chatterley on james@eventdynamics.co.nz, 09 520 4580 or 021 777 928.

Expressions of Interest to host National Conference and National Conference Requirements