Department of Education (New Zealand)
|Superseding agency||Ministry of Education|
The New Zealand Department of Education was, prior to 1989, the public service department of the New Zealand Government that was responsible for pre-tertiary education.
The Department was established in its initial form in 1877 under the Education Act 1877.
Under the 1989 Tomorrow's Schools reforms, initiated in response to the Picot task force report of May 1988, it was replaced by a decentralised Ministry of Education. Some of its functions were either immediately or over the course of the proceeding few years moved to separate agencies, such as Learning Media Limited (1992) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (1993).