Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Chair: Ross Butler
Chief Executive: Tony Gray
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.6% Teaching and Learning
0.4% Research
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
12.1% Level 1–2
39.9% Level 3–4
30.6% Level 5–6
17.4% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
27.8% Management and Commerce
18.1% Engineering and Related Technologies
16.9% Society and Culture
9.2% Health
6.1% Creative Arts
21.9% Other
Delivery By Subject

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology’s (NMIT’s) educational performance generally improved on 2011 but was below the ITP sector average on some indicators. Financially, NMIT remained in a stable position.


In the Annual Report, Chair Ross Butler expressed his confidence that NMIT would continue to satisfy the growing and rapidly changing needs of its students and communities – despite the funding challenges – with responsiveness based on leadership, commitment, sound investment decisions and good strategic and business planning.

Chief Executive Tony Gray described 2012 as a year of exceptional activity, with ongoing review to strengthen educational and financial performance at the centre of their endeavours. He also highlighted the work to transform NMIT’s product and delivery to ensure the right outcome for students in the 21st-century workplace. New laboratory, nursing, aquaculture and adventure tourism facilities had been opened and seismically unsafe buildings demolished. The number of school leavers choosing NMIT as their tertiary provider increased as a result of further collaboration between NMIT and schools and the number of students enrolled in the Nelson Tasman Trades Academy was expected to more than double in 2013.

However, NMIT’s enrolments fell by 1 percent (29 EFTS) in 2012, primarily at Levels 5–6 with the majority of delivery remaining at Levels 3–4 (40%). The main fields of study were Management and Commerce (28%), Engineering and Related Technologies (18%) and Society and Culture (17%).

Participation of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) increased, compared with 2011. However, participation of each group was below the ITP sector average, which reflects the region’s demography. NMIT had 552 full fee-paying international EFTS (865 students).


In 2012, the effectiveness of NMIT’s education delivery was demonstrated by increases on the previous year’s performance for qualification completion, student retention, and student progression. However, course completion dropped slightly compared with 2011 and was just below the ITP sector average.

Educational achievement for the TES priority groups was either above or equal to the ITP sector averages across all indicators, with the exception of qualification completion for Māori. Course completion increased for each TES priority group compared with 2011 with a particularly strong increase for Pasifika students of 11 percentage points. Qualification completion dropped for Māori but increased for under-25-year-olds and Pasifika, compared with the previous year.

NZQA completed NMIT’s external evaluation and review in 2012. The outcome was a ‘confident’ rating for the methods and processes used by NMIT to self-assess and a ‘highly confident’ rating for its educational performance, which placed it in the highest category for tertiary institutes.


Council member Claudia Wysocki (Scanlon) died in March 2012. In paying tribute in the Annual Report, the Chair said Ms Wysocki always focused on the needs of students and the NMIT community, had made a significant contribution to the work of the council and would be sorely missed.

In the Annual Report, the Chair also paid tribute to the leadership of the Directorate Team and noted that the council was pleased to reappoint the Chief Executive during 2012 for a further term of office.

NMIT’s total revenue decreased by $2.9 million (5.5%) in 2012, partly due to a $2.2 million decrease in student tuition fees. The net surplus of $2.2 million (4.5%), was down on the 2011 result of $4.7 million (8.9%).

Net cash flows reduced from 128.2 percent in 2011, to 95.8 percent in 2012, mainly as a result of a timing issue with fees for aviation pilot training.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance NMIT ITP sector
Students under 25 49% 52%
Māori 15% 22%
Pasifika 5% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance NMIT ITP sector
All 77% 79%
Students under 25 78% 78%
Māori 74% 73%
Pasifika 75% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance NMIT ITP sector
All 69% 70%
Students under 25 63% 63%
Māori 60% 61%
Pasifika 70% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the NMIT region, 9% were identified as Māori, less than 1% as Pasifika, and 18% 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 4% 2,749 2,474 2,445
Students 3% 5,857 4,772 4,634
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 78% 79% 77%
Qualification Completion 70% 60% 64% 69%
Student Retention 60% 50% 57% 65%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 23% 25% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $25,728 $22,598 $22,242
Domestic student fees $21,588 $19,778 $17,887
International student fees $3,918 $4,535 $4,261
Other income (including research) $5,574 $5,643 $5,250
Total revenue $56,808 $52,554 $49,640
Personnel $16,313 $16,407 $17,325
Total expenses $51,500 $47,872 $47,422
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $5,308 $4,682 $2,218
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $75,378 $75,244 $77,870
Total assets $99,897 $108,250 $103,926
Equity (net assets) $83,472 $87,417 $90,731
Net cashflow from operations $7,533 $12,513 -$1,857
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $10,324 $4,220 $4,780
Staffing FTE 227 209 238
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 16 : 1 16 : 1 14 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 32 : 1 35 : 1 29 : 1