What is CATE?

The Careers & Transition Education Association (Aotearoa) Ltd, 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.  You can join by contacting your region’s National Executive or local representative.

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

What are the benefits of CATE membership?

Resources & Information

Professional development opportunities

Belonging to a cutting edge association

Support – “not feeling so alone in my job”

Feeling of being a valued professional

Being part of a subject association

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 Hamilton:

The National Executive meet three times per year. Meetings for 2017 are on the following dates:

10th March 2017

23rd June 2017

15th September 2017

November 2017 (at National Conference)



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 2016


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

Procedures Handbook 2016 PDF


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.



Conference is held anually in November in different locations around New Zealand.

Expressions of Interest are now open to host the 2018 conference.  The deadline is Friday 16th June 2017.  These can be emailed to Kym Plaisted, National Secretary – [email protected]

There are a number of venue, location and committee requirements which are outlined in the following documents.

Expression of Interest to host National Conference 2018

Conference Guidelines 2017

Abstract Submission Form