Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Chair: Graeme McNally
Chief Executive: Allan Sargison
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Reefton, Hamilton, Westport, Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Invercargill, Wanaka
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
10.8% Level 1–2
71.8% Level 3–4
17.4% Level 5–6
Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
21.4% Architecture and Building
21.1% Engineering and Related Technologies
17.1% Creative Arts
15.0% Health
10.5% Management and Commerce
15.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

Tai Poutini Polytechnic continued its strong educational performance across the TES priority groups in 2012. Financially, Tai Poutini improved on the previous year but was below the TEC guidelines on some measures.


Chair Graeme McNally said in the Annual Report that it had been a very successful year and the polytechnic had improved its educational performance and achieved a positive financial result. Tai Poutini also made significant progress in positioning itself as a responsive and innovative polytechnic focused on responding to the needs of its region – as well as meeting national needs in a number of specialised industry-relevant disciplines. The most important initiative for 2012 was the strategy to increase the range and relevance of programmes provided on the West Coast, which resulted in increased provision in Buller and Greymouth. Further work was underway to establish how best to meet the needs of key industries. Other initiatives in 2012 included increased support for Christchurch, extending offerings of music/audio courses, and implementing an international strategy.

CEO Allan Sargison described the polytechnic as going steadily through a change of focus. In 2012 it achieved improved key performance indicators and growth in the scope, size and delivery of programmes. Tai Poutini’s focus for the year had included priority trades, with significant attention given to the trades to help with the Canterbury rebuild and priority learners in Auckland. The Mining School was established in 2012, and Tai Poutini gained additional EFTS in 2013 for both mining engineering and priority trades. The CEO anticipated that the polytechnic would continue to focus on the further development of both programme delivery and capital infrastructure.

Tai Poutini’s delivery increased in 2012 by 3 percent (50 EFTS), and was focused mostly on Levels 3–4 (72%), which increased as a proportion of total delivery by 11 percentage points (250 EFTS). The remainder of delivery was spread across Levels 5–6 (17%) and Levels 1–2 (11%). The largest fields of study were Architecture and Building (21%), Engineering and Related Technologies (21%) and Creative Arts (17%).

In 2012, participation for each of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) increased. Māori and under-25-year-old students increased by 2 percentage points, while Pasifika increased by 4 percentage points. Only under-25-year-old participation was below the ITP sector average. Tai Poutini had 68 full fee-paying international EFTS (359 students) in 2012.

Tai Poutini achieved the majority of key performance indicators as outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.


Increases across all four educational performance indicators in 2012, demonstrated the effectiveness of Tai Poutini’s education delivery. Tai Poutini was also above the ITP sector average for course completion. Performance by the TES priority groups was above the ITP sector averages for both course and qualification completion.


In early 2012, the council initiated recruitment of a chief executive to replace Paul Wilson who had resigned in 2011. The position attracted strong applicants and, after in-depth evaluation, the council appointed Allan Sargison to the position.

Tai Poutini’s total revenue increased by $19,000 (0.1%) from 2011 to 2012. An increase in student tuition fees of $0.6 million was offset by a reduction in other income.

Tai Poutini’s total expenditure decreased by $0.6 million (2.3%) in the same period, with a $1.8 million decrease in personnel costs partially offset by increased operating costs. A net surplus of $0.5 million (2.2%) was reported in 2012, which is a reversal of the deficit of $46,000 (0.2%) that Tai Poutini reported in 2011.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance Tai Poutini
ITP sector 
Students under 25 43% 52%
Māori 27% 22%
Pasifika 12% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  Tai Poutini
ITP sector 
All  81% 79%
Students under 25 83% 78%
Māori 78% 73%
Pasifika 80% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  Tai Poutini
ITP sector 
All 67% 70%
Students under 25 72% 63%
Māori 64% 61%
Pasifika 67% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Tai Poutini region, 9% were identified as Māori and 18% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 1%. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections.)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments % of ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
EFTS 3% 2,219 1,974 2,023
Students 4% 7,768 5,365 5,098
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 79% 79% 81%
Qualification Completion 70% 47% 57% 67%
Student Retention 60% 32% 36% 45%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 21% 17% 21%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $21,141 $17,797 $17,944
Domestic student fees $4,456 $4,097 $4,604
International student fees $0 $0 $85
Other income (including research) $1,091 $2,454 $1,734
Total revenue $26,688 $24,348 $24,367
Personnel $16,482 $15,300 $13,493
Total expenses $26,064 $24,394 $23,831
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $624 -$46 $536
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $16,328 $15,570 $14,799
Total assets $21,780 $21,586 $22,110
Equity (net assets) $18,699 $18,636 $19,165
Net cashflow from operations $2,809 $1,491 $1,764
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $4,318 $1,067 $920
Staffing FTE 185 211 172
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 12 : 1 11 : 1 14 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 19 : 1 17 : 1 27 : 1