What makes NZ Fashion Tech so special? A combination of years of experience, a great team of people and the ability to help students succeed and find employment in the fashion industry.


NZ Fashion Tech is New Zealand’s leading educator in the fashion and sewn products industries. An award winning fashion and garment technology college, registered and accredited with the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) www.nzqa.govt.nz

You can download the NZQA Report on NZ Fashion Tech using the following link:

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NZ Fashion Tech has an excellent relationship, and works very closely with Competenz previously ATITO (Apparel and Textile Industry Training Organisation), and is considered to be one of the best practical technical trainers to the industry in the country.

NZ Fashion Tech serves a diverse group of sewn products industries throughout New Zealand. These include both domestic and export manufacturers who all share a common shortage of skilled staff.

Our History

NZ Fashion Tech was founded in 1995, by Directors Kevin Smith and Val Marshall-Smith. Both have over 35 years experience within the fashion, garment technology and training industries.

From owning their own international fashion business in 1974 to both working extensively since the 1980’s as professional tutors and training managers for industry organisation ATITO (Apparel and Textile Training Organisation), now known as Competenz.

In Memoriam




Kevin Smith – Founding Director
NZ Institute of Fashion Technology Ltd
3 June 1946 – 1 March 2016




Kevin Smith began NZ Fashion Tech on1 July 1995 along with his wife and Co- Director Val Marshall-Smith.

Kevin was a passionate believer in the fashion industry that he loved, and the power of education as a change for the good. He was staunch in his ideas for the future of the industry and his students’ part in that.

Kevin would argue, debate and fight for what he believed in, and he took this fight right to the top if he needed to. His mantra was ‘never give up’.

Unfortunately he lost his fight with cancer on 1 March 2016 and is sadly missed by staff and students alike.

But thanks to Kevin, and his insistence on good systems and high standards, the good work that he started in 1995 will continue well into the future, as he also believed that NZ Fashion Tech was bigger than just him.

Our Team

NZ Fashion Tech tutors and support staff bring valuable industry knowledge to programmes; preparing students for work within the fashion industry

Tutorial staff take part in continued professional development which includes training in their profession, tutoring and program delivery, ensuring that they are able to offer the highest quality training to students.

With an average ratio of 17 students per tutor, opportunities to interact with individual students are high, helping students achieve their course goals.

In addition to teaching garment construction, pattern making & design, tutors work with students helping them plan and meet career goals with the desired outcome of placing graduates into employment within the industry.

Meet the team / Profiles


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