Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Chair: Jenn Bestwick
Chief Executive: Kay Giles
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Waltham (Christchurch)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.2% Teaching and Learning
0.1% Capability
0.7% Research
Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
13% Level 1–2
21% Level 3–4
21% Level 5–6
46% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
22% Health
15% Creative Arts
14% Management and Commerce
13% Architecture and Building​
11% Engineering and Related Technologies
25% Other
Delivery By Subject

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) continued to be a strong educational performer, remaining above the ITP sector average in 2012. Financially, CPIT performed well and remains well placed to advance the TES priorities in 2013.

Responsiveness

The importance of CPIT to the regional development of Canterbury was highlighted by Chair Jenn Bestwick in the Annual Report, and has been even more apparent in the post-earthquake reality of 2012. CPIT’s existing relationships deepened and new ones were formed as CPIT worked with industry, local and central government to understand and meet Canterbury’s workforce needs.

Close connections were made with the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Central City Development Unit, with CPIT being consulted on recovery strategies and workforce development. CPIT also worked with the Canterbury Employment and Skills Board and Ngāi Tahu; contributed to the development of the Economic Recovery Programme; and established the CPIT Skills for Canterbury Unit, a demand-led engagement and delivery model that seeks to address skill gaps in the market.

The Chief Executive, Kay Giles, identified some of the many ways that CPIT students were contributing to rebuilding the city and to regional recovery. The post-earthquake environment had provided unique opportunities for students, particularly for Engineering Technology students conducting their final year projects in the red zone where top engineers from around the world gathered to study how buildings behave in earthquakes.

In 2012, CPIT enrolments increased by 12 percent (542 EFTS) returning it to pre-earthquake levels. Delivery was primarily at Levels 7–8 (46%) with equal proportions across Levels 3–4 (21%) and Levels 5–6 (21%). Delivery at Levels 1–2 increased 2 percent, compared with 2011, which may reflect the growth in trades training. The main fields of study were Health (22%), Creative Arts (15%) and Management and Commerce (14%). Māori and Pasifika participation both increased 2 percent, compared with 2011, but were below the ITP sector averages, which is in line with regional demography. The majority of students were aged 25 and under. In 2012, CPIT had 548 full fee-paying international EFTS (1026 students).

Despite the ongoing impact of the 2010–11 earthquakes, CPIT has continued to perform well on its key performance indicators as outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.

EffectivenessTop

In 2012, CPIT achieved above the ITP sector averages across all four of the education performance indicators (EPIs). Performance also improved for each EPI with the exception of course completion, which slipped 2 percentage points from 85 percent to 83 percent but remained the highest in the sector.

Māori and Pasifika course and qualification completion both increased, compared with 2011 performance, and were above the ITP sector averages. Notable increases occurred in achievement for Pasifika with a 9 percent increase and 48 percentage point increase (from 28% in 2011 to 76% in 2012) in course and qualification completion respectively. The latter increase was attributable to the Pasifika Trades Training initiative, which led to a sharp rise in Pasifika student enrolments from a low base.

CapabilityTop

Total revenue increased from 2011 to 2012 by $4.2 million (5.0%), with $2.2 million of that increase from additional international and domestic student tuition fees. CPIT reported a net surplus before earthquake impacts of $4.6 million (5.2%), which was down on the 2011 result of $6.0 million (7.1%). After earthquake effects, the surplus reduced slightly to $4.3 million, compared with $5.7 million in 2011.

In 2012, CPIT had $6.5 million of earthquake impact revenue and $6.8 million of expenses, compared with $2.6 million and $2.9 million respectively in 2011. A fair value assessment of buildings was carried out during 2012 with no material differences noted from the 2011 valuations. CPIT considered the damage estimate of $30 million would increase, because repair work may uncover additional damage.

TES Priorities

Participation
2012 Performance CPIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 60% 52%
Māori 10% 22%
Pasifika 4% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  CPIT ITP sector 
All  83% 79%
Students under 25 83% 78%
Māori 76% 73%
Pasifika 79% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  CPIT ITP sector 
All 75% 70%
Students under 25 67% 63%
Māori 69% 61%
Pasifika 76% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the CPIT region, 7% were identified as Māori, 2% as Pasifika and 22% as under the age of 25 years. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections.)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments % of ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
EFTS 8% 5,076 4,502 5,045
Students 7% 11,546 8,725 9,854
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 81% 85% 83%
Qualification Completion 70% 63% 71% 75%
Student Retention 60% 44% 53% 66%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 31% 30% 48%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Revenue      
Total government revenue $49,925 $52,045 $52,391
Domestic student fees $19,395 $18,686 $20,294
International student fees $9,895 $7,292 $7,218
Other income (including research) $8,638 $6,815 $9,184
Total revenue $87,853 $84,838 $89,087
Expenses      
Personnel $48,697 $51,376 $53,065
Total expenses $77,568 $78,799 $84,441
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $10,285 $5,720 $4,324
Assets      
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $168,112 $190,656 $188,641
Total assets $210,859 $233,649 $239,633
Equity (net assets) $186,997 $215,332 $219,411
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $14,946 $11,757 $13,142
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $7,541 $5,483 $4,579
Other      
Staffing FTE 752 757 776
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 8 : 1 7 : 1 8 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 16 : 1 14 : 1 15 : 1