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.

A jewel in our crown

Kia ora ano!

Well that was longer between drinks than we were expecting. The dreaded lurgy and a busy run of events, including last week’s awesome Bachelor of Nursing Māori graduation ceremony, meant the blog was momentarily on the backburner. Anyways, we’re back and as keen as ever to fill you in on the latest happenings around the Whitireia universe.

One thing that has continued to impress us lately is how amazingly successful our jewellery design graduates are. We’ve always known the programme is a wee gem (excuse the puns), but our graduates have been absolutely taking the world by storm recently.

We’ve had Keri-Mei Zagrobelna attending the World Art Games as a member of the New Zealand team, followed by her selection (along with fellow graduate Neke Moa) to represent NZ at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam next year. Sandra Schmid won an award in this year’s Graduate Metal competition, which surveys work from recent graduates of tertiary institutions from Australia and New Zealand, to add to her back-to-back wins at the ECC NZ Student Craft/Design AwardsJhana Millers has been exhibiting at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, while Vivien AtkinsonAmelia Pascoe, Becky Bliss, Sarah Read, Nadine Smith, Caroline ThomasFran Carter, Amy King, Moniek Schrijer, Chloe Rose Taylor and Camille Walton have all been making their mark at Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne’s Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail. This is just a sample of the amazing success our graduates are having. The list is much more extensive, but you get the idea!

This success is undeniably attributable in large part to head tutor Peter Deckers and his über-talented teaching team. Peter leads by example, continuing to create and curate collections for national and international exhibitions. He also regularly brings in some of the best jewellery designers from around the world as guest lecturers.

If you’re the creative type and have a passion for jewellery, and/or any other form of adornment art, the Visual Arts and Design department at Whitireia might just be the place for you. We offer one of only two jewellery design programmes in New Zealand, and the success of our teaching staff and graduates speaks volumes about the quality of our programme.Visual Art & Design 03

Welcome to the Whitireia blog v2.0

Korihi te manu
Tākiri mai te ata
Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea
Tihei mauri ora!

The bird sings
The morning has broken
It is dawn, it is light, it is broad daylight
Behold, there is life!

That’s right whānau and friends, the Whitireia blog has reawakened! We’re back with a fresh voice and a slick new look.

Despite the new name, we can’t promise mind-blowing leaks of classified information. We can, however, promise to keep you up-to-date with all the goings on across our Wellington, Porirua, Kāpiti and Auckland campuses, including the latest news and views from staff and students alike.

There are tonnes of things happening at Whitireia at the moment, but we don’t plan to simply look inward for content. Our people are a smart and engaged bunch and this will be a place where we muse on things at an institutional, local, national, and even global level. We also hope you’ll join in the conversation so feel free to leave comments, contact us via email, call, write a letter, send a smoke signal, whatever. If you’ve got something important or interesting to talk about, or even just want to say hi, we want to hear from you.

For now, we’ll leave you with a link to our beautiful new prospectus so you can peruse our academic information and programme offerings for 2016 (we are, of course, a tertiary education provider!) Enjoy.


Ngā mihi ki a koutou!