About Laidlaw College


Laidlaw College provides a dynamic learning environment for over 1,100 students throughout New Zealand and around the world. The College's mission is to equip students and scholars to renew their communities with a faith as intelligent as it is courageous. This takes place in face-to-face classrooms in Auckland and Christchurch. But it also happens in living rooms, small groups, and towns – big and small – through distance learning and hybrid courses. The College's vision is a world shaped by love compelled and informed by the gospel. It has been pursuing this vision for over 89 years through quality programmes. Laidlaw offers NZQA accredited diploma and degree qualifications in:

Theology, Mission and Ministry Studies
Postgraduate Theology and Philosophy
Academic Preparation and Support

Laidlaw's graduates are involved in many national and international organisations, state and private schools, corporations and non-governmental organisations.Click here to view Laidlaw's graduate profile.


Laidlaw College was founded in 1922 by Reverend Joseph Kemp and businessman Robert Laidlaw. Originally known as the Bible Training Institute (BTI), the College trained men and women in the Scriptures and theology. In 1972 the Institute was renamed the Bible College of New Zealand (BCNZ). For the past thirty-five years, the College has continued training men and women for work in the fields of pastoral ministry and mission but has also equipped men and women for leadership and service in a broad range of roles across New Zealand society. In 2005 the College appointed Dr Mark Strom with a mandate to clarify the College's vision and purpose and deepen its capacity to inspire and educate men and women for leadership and influence within the churches and society of New Zealand and beyond. College is now led by Dr Rod Thompson who carries on this task with a Christ centered focus.

About Robert Laidlaw

In 1922, one of our founders Robert Laidlaw, imagined a college that brought theology to the marketplace in order to form leaders passionate about the biblical story, and capable of being successful across all of society. Robert himself was a man highly respected for his faith, integrity, and successful work in both the church and business world. In August 2008, to honour and reinvigorate this dream, we adopted Laidlaw as the name of our college. This comes at a time of other significant transitions, including the simplification and strengthening of our programmes, the addition of new senior faculty, and the formation ofthe School of Education which formerly operated as MASTERS Institute.


Laidlaw College is registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority pursuant to the 1990 Education Act and its amendments, and is accredited to teach its programmes as approved by the Authority. Laidlaw College is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to teach at postgraduate and undergraduate degree level. Doctoral programmes are offered under the auspices of partnership arrangements with New Zealand universities or the Australian College of Theology.

Laidlaw College was previously known as the New Zealand Bible Training Institute (NZBTI) from 1922–1971 and as Bible College of New Zealand (BCNZ) from 1971–2008. Academic awards bearing the stamp of the former names of Laidlaw College are recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority pursuant to the 1990 Education Act. The New Zealand Ministry of Education Provider Code for Laidlaw College is 08563.

Details of accreditation of awards of Laidlaw College programmes can be found at the following New Zealand government websites:


For more information on Laidlaw College, including a full listing of courses offered, please click here.