New tertiary education management team welcomed

A pōwhiri was held by Whitireia and Ngāti Toa Rangatira at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua yesterday to welcome the newly appointed Whitireia/WelTec executive team.

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Whitireia/WelTec chief executive Chris Gosling announced the appointments on Tuesday as part of the Students First Partnership between the two tertiary education providers.

“The appointees are a team of talented individuals who collectively have a wealth of experience and expertise and will add value to professional and vocational training in the region,” said Mr Gosling on Tuesday.

“They are all highly regarded in the education sector and have extensive networks across government and industry,” he added.

The establishment of a new team and structure is another significant milestone for the Students First Partnership between Whitireia and WelTec, which aims to provide more choice for students in the Wellington region and train people with the skills and attributes required by employers.

“It’s an exciting time in tertiary education,” said Mr Gosling. “The Greater Wellington economy is growing, with major infrastructure projects underway and more on the horizon. The region needs skilled graduates and we want to do more to work with industry and business to meet their workforce requirements.”


The Directors are:
Dr Leanne Ivil – Director Strategy, Performance & Improvement, Whitireia & WelTec
Dr Ruth Anderson – Director Academic, Whitireia & WelTec
Mark Broadbent – Director People & Capability, Whitireia & WelTec
Mark Johnston – Director Business Development, Whitireia & WelTec
Dr Julia Hennessy – Director Teaching & Learning, WelTec
James Smith – Director Finance & Operations, WelTec
Lawrence Arps – Director Teaching & Learning, Whitireia
Mark Hewitson – Director Finance & Operations, Whitireia

With 16,000 students (8,800 Equivalent Full-time students) having studied with one for the two organisations in 2015 and revenue at almost $124 million for the year, WelTec and Whitireia together comprise one of the largest tertiary vocational education providers in the country.

Whitireia welcomes new students with Orientation Week 2016

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngāhere.
Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The bird that feasts of the miro berry, belongs to the forest.
The bird that draws sustenance from knowledge, belongs to the world.

Our new students are about to embark on their own unique study journey with us. It’s an exciting time and our aim is to support them every step of the way – starting with Orientation Week.

We want to get our students Whitireia-ready so they can hit the ground running from their first day. We offer a number of fun and engaging workshops, activities and events to prepare our new students for study, giving them the required information, knowledge and tools to succeed.

Following official pōwhiri on Monday 15 February at our Porirua, Kāpiti and Wellington campuses, as well as the Whitireia Performance Centre, Orientation Week will kick off with the Whitireia Festival at the Porirua campus. The event is three hours of full-on fun, with local businesses, community groups, healthcare organisations and Whitireia Student Support Services on-hand. Students will be able to take a campus tour, enjoy great food, prizes, giveaways, music and lots more.

Over the rest of the week, a series of workshops, activities and events will be held across all of our campuses to inform, inspire and invigorate our newbies.

Below is a link to our Orientation Booklet, which has all the information students need to know. Inside are tips on what to expect, and information on the workshops, activities and events.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all past, present and prospective students!

We officially reopened last Monday and there is already a real buzz in the air. 2016 promises to be a great year for the Whitireia family – students, staff and stakeholders alike – with a number of exciting changes and initiatives afoot.

One thing that won’t change, however, is our commitment to providing quality tertiary education to our communities. This year marks the 30th birthday of Whitireia and, having gone from strength to strength every year, we believe 2016 will be our best yet. Throughout the year, students can expect more of the fantastic teaching, support services and fun events for which Whitireia is famous.

Enrolments are still open but places are limited, so contact us today if you are interested in studying in an exciting, dynamic, friendly and supportive environment. Study options are available across all of our campuses in Auckland, Kāpiti, Porirua and Wellington City.

See you soon!

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Whitireia music programme helps student break into industry

Music student Sam Notman is about to embark on a summer tour with Thomas Oliver, and has credited the Whitireia programme with helping him jump-start his career in the industry.


Sam enrolled in the Certificate in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music in 2012 after a friend recommended the course, and has just finished the third and final year of a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)​. The drummer from Taranaki said the programme had allowed him to improve considerably as a musician and to develop industry-relevant skills.

“I decided to do the certificate course instead of my last year of high school as I knew I wanted to become a professional musician and felt that would prepare me better for the degree.”

Sam said the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) was a natural progression from the certificate and that it had further equipped him with the tools necessary to be successful in the industry.

“The exposure to a range of quality tutors has helped me become a much more technical and well-rounded musician,” Sam said.

During his end-of-year assessment in 2014, Sam performed some original material in front of Wellington musician Thomas Oliver, who is often brought in by Whitireia as a guest lecturer and assessor. Oliver was obviously impressed and asked Sam if he would contribute to his forthcoming album and play on a nationwide tour this summer in support of it.

“It’s really exciting to be working with Thomas,” said Sam. “I’m a fan of his music and we’ll be playing some big gigs. Without the introduction through Whitireia I probably wouldn’t have had this kind of opportunity so early.”

Thomas Oliver’s latest single – ‘If I Move to Mars’, which features Sam on drums, is currently storming the New Zealand charts.

Journalism students participate in disaster reporting simulation


A reality check hit the Whitireia Diploma in Journalism students last week.

It was heads down and keyboards and mics at the ready as the student journos got a taste of what it’s like when the big story breaks.

They were taking part in a major civil defence exercise. It was a win-win situation at the end of the day. The students got a high pressure realistic reporting experience and the civil defence people learned what it’s like to cope with the constant pressure applied by journalists hungry for the lead story.

The scenario? A magnitude 7 earthquake in Hawkes Bay with loss of life, collapsed buildings, looting and a cruise ship stranded in the port with 2,330 passengers on board. Yes tempers frayed. Yes things went wrong. Chaos reigned at times. Success was sweet and deadlines relentless.

Ultimately ‘learning happened!’ And that’s what we are all about.

Whitireia and WelTec Research Symposium a success

Whitireia Research Manager Dr Elizabeth Asbury has described the fourth annual Whitireia and WelTec Research Symposium (WWRS), presented this year in association with the Open Polytechnic, as a “roaring success.”


The symposium was held last Friday at the Whitireia campus in Porirua and brought together a wide range of presenters from Whitireia, WelTec, Open Polytechnic, Manukau Institute of Technology, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Tai Poutini Polytechnic and Southern Institute of Technology. In total, 90 submissions were presented – 74 oral presentations, 14 poster presentations and two exhibitions.

“The breadth of work presented was a real showcase for ITP research and illustrated how vibrant the research culture within these organisations has become,” said Whitireia/WelTec CEO Chris Gosling.

The symposium had a multi-disciplinary approach and was divided into five streams: Teaching and Learning; Māori and Pacific/Early Childhood Education; Business, Engineering, Hospitality and IT; Health and Wellbeing; and Creative and Performing Arts.


Dr Asbury said the collaboration received an incredible amount of support from all faculties and research staff across the organisations.

“We’re very thankful to everyone who contributed to and supported the symposium, particularly the presenters who shared their work.”

“It really has grown from year to year. Next year’s event will be held at WelTec and we look forward to receiving another round of high quality submissions across an even broader range of subjects,” said Dr Asbury.

Whitireia health science student lands perfect job with CCDHB


Alison Kennington says studying on the Whitireia foundation health science programme has helped her land the job she’s been gunning for.

Alison is still three weeks away from completing the Certificate in Foundation Education (Health Science) but has already secured a spot on the Capital & Coast District Health Board’s anaesthetic technician training programme.

While her mum, a couple of aunties and a few cousins are either nurses or midwives, Alison took a little longer to realise that she too was drawn to a career in healthcare. The 30 year-old worked in a variety of jobs following high school before deciding in 2014 that she wanted to be an anaesthetic technician.

She says she looked at a number of courses around the country to help her get onto the path towards this goal, and found that the Whitireia programme ticked all the right boxes.

“It was affordable and looked to be really comprehensive,” says Alison. “It’s proved to be exactly what I needed to equip myself for entry into the anaesthetic technician role.”

While most of the students on the programme are there as a pathway to the Whitireia nursing and paramedic programmes, Alison says it also provides an excellent stepping stone for people looking to enter other areas of healthcare.

“The teaching staff are able to tailor aspects of the programme to suit your objectives after certificate level. It’s really flexible in that respect and the staff are so supportive,” says Alison.

Tutor Allan Wain notes that her success is also down to what he describes as her “single-minded determination.”

Alison will complete the Certificate in Foundation Education (Health Science) after her final exam in mid-November before beginning her anaesthetic technician training at Wellington Hospital on 30 November. We’re very proud of her and wish her all the best for the future.