Who are we?

Established specifically for the purpose of training and preparing Christians spiritually and emotionally for cross-cultural service, Eastwest College was started by WEC Aotearoa New Zealand in 1996.

Coming from many countries, including South Korea, Fiji, the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Italy, China, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, England, Thailand, Taiwan, USA, South Africa and of course New Zealand, Eastwest is more than a place of academic training—it is a multi-cultural community which lives, works and studies together.

Eastwest College is founded on faith in God. The ground on which the college is built was donated by a local Christian farmer. It has grown to its present size as the college staff and its supporters have trusted the Lord without appealing for funds.

Accreditation of Eastwest College:


Eastwest College is registered as a private training establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments (registered number 8325). The NZQA official webpage about Eastwest College can be found here. The page indicates the full accreditation and compliance of the college as required by NZ government legislation.

Every four years all colleges in New Zealand are audited by the NZQA in a review called an 'External Evaulation and Review' [EER]. The college was reviewed in 2006, 2010, 2014 & 2019. Each time Eastwest College achieved the highest possible level known as 'Category 1'. The latest EER report can be found here.


Eastwest College is a member of 'The Christian Theological and Ministries Education Society' which is made up of 22 Theological and Biblical education providers throughout New Zealand and seeks to serve the Christian constituency in New Zealand.

CTMES promotes Christian and Biblical education and represents its members to Government bodies, departments, and agencies, to other educational agencies.


Eastwest College is a full member of the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), a national organisation representing private tertiary institutions in New Zealand. All Full Members are registered with NZQA and comply with a rigid Code of Ethics. The Association is the largest association covering all areas of tertiary education and is recognised by the Government and government agencies as the main representative of the sector.