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About Us


As Principal I wish you a very warm welcome to our school. We are a professional education provider situated in Christchurch, just a five minute drive from the CBD.

PEETO is a Category 1 education provider. We are highly confident in all areas of education performance and we continuously monitor this through thorough self-assessment

MoE/NZQA Accreditation Number: 8960

All of our teachers are qualified professionals, experienced in providing English language tuition to domestic and international students

Small classes (maximum of 18) are offered with a high standard of individual student care and excellent teaching resources. Lessons are  presented in a warm, friendly, family-like atmosphere.

Our administration team is highly experienced in supporting domestic and international students during their studies at PEETO.

What makes PEETO so special?

• Qualified and experienced teachers.
• English language and literacy tuition at all levels.
• Language for the workplace, leisure, academic study or immigration.
• Kiwi work experience.
• Immigration information and referrals to officially licenced organisations.
• Stimulating, welcome, multi-cultural environment.
• Friendly staff who foster a family atmosphere.
• New Zealand (Government) Qualifications Authority (NZQA) accredited.
• Excellent facilities, equipment & resources.
• Proven track record, over 28 years working with students from 65 nationalities.
• Handy location: only a five-minute bus ride from the city centre.

Strategic goals and plans for supporting the well-being and safety of learners at PEETO

Support the student journey, including a greater focus on “Student Wellness and Safety”, ensuring that student wellness is understood and measured through active feedback.

• Co-Directors Patrick O’Connor and Saena Herman Ah Kuoi established PEETO in 1991.

•The aim was to respond to the English language, vocational and further study aspirations of international students, migrants and refugees. Since its founding, PEETO has continued to teach English to those who have wished to establish and live their lives in New Zealand. By doing this, we have made our mark in many communities.

• In 1993 PEETO became registered and accredited with NZQA
(New Zealand Qualifications Authority) and as a private training establishment, we have developed a reputation for leadership and expertise This continues to be evident through our provision of high quality training services and achievement of vocational goals for predominantly NESB (Non-English Speaking Background) people.

• In March 2018, H&J Education Group took ownership with Andrew Do and Ji Yoon Do as the Directors.

PEETO has agreed to observe and be bound by the  Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of international students published by the New Zealand (Government) Qualifications Authority. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution.  The PEETO Code of Practice 2023 Self Review Summary can be found here.

Our Vision, Mission, and values
Our School is founded on and guided by the following Mission, Vision, and Values.

Our Mission
PEETO’s mission is to “provide learners with a stimulating environment within which they can identify, explore and engage in learning pathways, which will assist them in realising their educational goals and potential whilst recognising and being sensitive to the personal and cultural needs of other learners”.

Our Vision
We are proud to be a high-quality training provider with strong partnerships here in Christchurch, enabling us to provide quality training to our diverse client groups. We focus on delivering ten major outcomes through our training program and in doing so:

• Support refugees and migrants to make a positive contribution to society,

• Promote individual and social wellbeing for our students and their communities,

• Embed excellence in our teaching and student support services,

• Advocate for issues and challenges experienced by migrants and refugees, particularly around language, cultural orientation, immersion in the New Zealand way of life, and employment needs within Christchurch;

• Foster inclusion and cultural competence in all our services,

Our Values

Empathy Empathy is the ability to accurately put yourself “in someone else’s shoes”– to understand the other’s situation, perceptions, and feelings from their point of view– and to be able to communicate that understanding back to the other person.
Compassion Compassion means suspending judgment so that you can appreciate others’ perspectives or situations when they are different from your own.
Respect Respect is when you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and wellbeing.
Inclusivity Inclusivity is when you create a culture where people gain “social acceptance”, have positive interactions with one’s peers and feel valued for who they are.
Authenticity We stand up for what we believe and openly share our points of view.
Excellence Excellence is what you strive for when you believe in what you are doing and that the value of what you do warrants the persistent commitment to its sustained achievement.
20 Twigger Street, Addington Christchurch
P.O.Box 42102, Tower Junction, 8149
I am so glad to write down my thoughts about PEETO. A big thank you from me to my teachers who helped me to improve my English. I strongly recommend PEETO as a school to learn English. This school has a friendly atmosphere, you will feel comfortable to study English here. In my case, I made a lot friends in my class. I have more confidence to speak English and it’s easy for me to make a conversation with my friends. Other important things are that PEETO’s teachers taught me about kiwi culture and life experiences that help me quickly to adapt to New Zealand’s life. I really like PEETO with its interesting programmes and suitable timetable which makes it easy to arrange time to learn English.

NGUYEN, Thi Nhat

from Vietnam (ILN-ESOL Student)
I have been in NZ for 19 years but I mostly stayed at home. So my English had been getting worse and worse. I wanted to pick up my English and learn more. There are many English Language schools but the school times did not suit me. Half a year ago I heard about PEETO from my friend and so I came to this school immediately. Since I’ve been here I’ve made great progress and I feel more confident when I speak English. Our teachers are very friendly, patient and professional, my classmates are very kind. They come from many different countries. I’ve learnt about different cultures from them. So I feel very happy and thankful to study at PEETO.

Keling Feng

from China (ILN-ESOL Student)
"It was my first place in New Zealand to study English. I can now understand a lot more and my listening is better than before. I'm starting my own Thai business and want to complete my studies in aroma therapy and massage. I have now many friends from different countries and cultures. I like everything at PEETO - I call them my family!"

Sirikalaya Thipthawee (Siri)

Thai / March 2012 - May 2013
"PEETO helped me with my education especially my writing, reading and listening. It is a good place to study. I am starting further ESOL training at Hagley Community College soon and I am also looking for a job. I want to thank everybody who was always so good for me."

Adyl Umarov

Kazakh / March 2012 - May 2013
"PEETO helped me with my English studies. Linda is a very good teacher and I was always very happy in her class. I have enrolled at Hagley Community College and will start my studies there soon. Thank you PEETO and I wish you all well."

Minnegel Umarova

Kazakh / March 2012 - May 2013
"Everything is really good at PEETO and my spelling and writing is better than before. Thank you PEETO for helping me learn English. I've got now a full-time job - that is the job I always wanted - as a Machinist after responding to an advertisement in the newspaper."

Zi Ping Wu (Mandy)

Chinese / May 2012 - May 2013
"99% of my English now, is from studying at PEETO. There are many different cultures at PEETO, so I learnt about their countries. Learning at PEETO is good - like a family with students and teachers. I've completed my studies now at PEETO and will start at Hagley Community College soon. Lots of thanks to PEETO for the past year, it was nice to study at PEETO."

Man Singh Biswa

Bhutanese / March 2012 - May 2013
"I am now more confident with my speaking/listening and finding the reading and writing a lot easier. The friendly staff and classmates were like a family to me. I am re-starting our family business a coffee shop, "Coffee Lovers", in New Regent Street in April."

Lu Dai (Lucy)

Chinese / June 2012 - April 2013
"I have enjoyed my time at PEETO especially learning how to write a CV, the conversations in the class and the relationship with my classmates and others. I have enjoyed the different activities at PEETO and participated 100% in all of them. I am starting a full time job when I leave PEETO and my goal is to continue in my job for as long as possible and maybe move back to Japan one day".

Rei Fujiwara

Japanese / March 2013 - April 2013
"I have enjoyed my time at PEETO. The teachers were warm hearted and very helpful - I have studied at other places but the teachers weren't like PEETO teachers. The conversation classes were good with interesting topics. I learned a lot about the "Kiwi / English" values. I'm starting a full time job at a salmon factory this month. My long term plan is to buy my own business - a cafe or a dairy."

Yan Dong

Chinese / March 2012 - April 2013
"I arrived with my wife and family in NZ in 2009 and could not speak English. I started at PEETO in 2010 and took part in the Gardening Work Experience Programme also worked as volunteer in my church and my community. In March 2011 I got a full time position at Foodstuffs with the opportunity to do overtime and further training. I gained my forklift licence and use these skills in my job.".

Dilli Biswa

Bhutanese / January 2010 - March 2011