Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics


Chair: Vern Dark
Chief Executive: Paul Binney
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Rawene, Kaitaia, Kaikohe (Far North)
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.8% Teaching and Learning
0.2% Research
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
17.9% Level 1–2
54.0% Level 3–4
12.7% Level 5–6
15.5% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
21.2%Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
15.2% Society and Culture
14.5% Health
12.1% Creative Arts
8.0% Architecture and Building
29.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, the educational performance of NorthTec improved on the previous year but was below the ITP sector average on some indicators. Financially, NorthTec continued to perform strongly and was above the TEC guidelines.


Achievements highlighted by the Chair, Vern Dark, in NorthTec’s 2012 Annual Report included a Māori Responsiveness Plan, developed after consultation with all interested parties, to help improve the performance of Māori students. The Youth Readiness project, which was established in response to the needs of employers in the region for more work-ready young people, had also progressed well.

The Chief Executive, Paul Binney, was pleased to report on another successful year. A highlight of 2012 was the opening of Toi Te Pito, the refurbished Creative Industries Centre, intended to provide programmes in Arts, Māori Arts, Media Arts, Fashion, Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing.

Through the Youth Guarantee programme, NorthTec provided opportunities to 300 young people who would otherwise have been lost to the education system, and NorthTec had successfully responded to the challenge of competitive tendering for Level 1–2 courses.

NorthTec’s enrolments increased by 2 percent (57 EFTS), compared with the previous year. The increase was at Levels 3–4, which accounted for over half of the delivery (54%). The remainder of the delivery was spread relatively evenly across Levels 1–2 (18%), Levels 7–8 (15%) and Levels 5–6 (13%). The main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (21%), Health (15%) and Society and Culture (15%). This distribution was similar to the previous year but with an increase of 4 percentage points in Society and Culture.

Māori participation remained strong, with over half (54%) of students identifying as Māori in 2012. The number of under-25-year-old and Pasifika students remained below the ITP sector average, reflecting the demography of the region. In 2012, NorthTec had 108 full fee-paying international EFTS (226 students).

NorthTec met most of the key performance indicators outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.


NorthTec’s achievement was on a par with the ITP sector average for course completion. Its performance improved or remained the same across each of the four educational performance indicators, compared with 2011. Achievement across the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was mixed; course completion improved for Māori and under-25-year-olds but declined for Pasifika. Qualification completion improved on 2011 results, but NorthTec’s ranking against the ITP sector dropped.

NZQA completed NorthTec’s external evaluation and review in 2012. The result was a ‘confident’ rating for educational performance and for the methods and processes that NorthTec uses to self-assess performance.


Ken Rivers resigned from the council at the end of the year, and the Chair paid tribute in the Annual Report to his significant contribution. Anna Cassells Brown has been appointed to the position.

Total revenue increased by $1.1 million (3.0%) mainly due to an increase of $0.6 million in student tuition fees. Total expenditure increased by $0.9 million (2.5%) in the same period, with an increase in personnel costs of $1.5 million partially offset by a reduction in other costs. NorthTec reported a net surplus of $1.3 million (3.5%), which was up on the 2011 result of $1.1 million (3.0%).

NorthTec’s application for the transfer of the Crown titled land and buildings at three sites remains under consideration pending progress with Treaty of Waitangi Settlement negotiations. The disposal of the Dargaville campus is also pending.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance NorthTec ITP sector 
Students under 25 38% 52%
Māori 54% 22%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All  79% 79%
Students under 25 76% 78%
Māori 76% 73%
Pasifika 68% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All 64% 70%
Students under 25 56% 63%
Māori 57% 61%
Pasifika 52% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the NorthTec region, 31% were identified as Māori, 3% as Pasifika and 20% 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% 2,826 2,757 2,814
Students 3% 6,444 4,997 4,517
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 77% 79% 79%
Qualification Completion 70% 56% 64% 64%
Student Retention 60% 52% 53% 64%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 27% 27% 32%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $31,354 $27,372 $27,500
Domestic student fees $5,610 $6,481 $6,494
International student fees $1,133 $852 $1,493
Other income (including research) $1,660 $1,296 $1,599
Total revenue $39,757 $36,001 $37,086
Personnel $21,212 $20,209 $21,733
Total expenses $37,986 $34,921 $35,796
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,771 $1,080 $1,290
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $38,010 $38,977 $39,174
Total assets $47,578 $48,894 $49,558
Equity (net assets) $43,768 $44,848 $46,138
Net cashflow from operations $5,480 $3,953 $3,351
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $1,906 $3,378 $2,769
Staffing FTE 330 326 347
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 10 : 1 10 : 1 10 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 17 : 1 17 : 1 17 : 1