Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Waiariki Institute of Technology

Chair: Graeme Nahkies
Chief Executive: Professor Margaret Noble
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Rotorua (Mokoia)
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Taupo, Tokoroa, Whakatane, Waipa
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
9.4% Level 1–2
42.3% Level 3–4
22.1% Level 5–6
26.3% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
20.4% Health
13.4% Management and Commerce
12.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
11.8%Society and Culture
11.1%Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
30.7% Other
Delivery By Subject

Waiariki Institute of Technology’s educational performance continued to improve in 2012 coming much closer to the ITP sector average. Waiariki remained in a stable financial position but was below the TEC guidelines on some measures.


In Waiariki’s 2012 Annual Report, Chair Graeme Nahkies, Chief Executive Professor Margaret Noble and Te Mana Mātauranga Chair Aubrey Kohunui provided a joint report. Highlights of the year included the opening of the Wood Manufacturing Centre at Waipa and the $4.5 million Te Tāhūhūroa o Ihenga building at the Mokoia Campus, which is the teaching and administration centre for the Te Pākaro a Ihenga: the Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities.

To better serve regional economic and social need, Waiariki continued to diversify the portfolio of courses and qualifications that it offered. New programmes were developed in foundation vocational skills, electrical and related trades, health and rehabilitation, beauty therapy, and two new Bachelor degrees in Teaching Early Childhood Education. New programmes were also developed at graduate and post-graduate level to be offered from 2013 in Health Studies, Resource Management and Applied Management.

During 2012, new collaborative pathways were created with Tai Poutini Polytechnic for Contemporary Music Performance and Wellington Institute of Technology for the Diploma in Beauty Therapy. Waiariki is committed to increasing trade training provision, particularly for Māori, and to supporting the Canterbury rebuild. In 2012, the first students graduated from the two-year Eastern Bay of Plenty Trades Academy programme, and the Trades Academy has been extended to include Rotorua.

Waiariki’s enrolments increased by 10 percent (273 EFTS), compared with 2011, with most of this increase at Levels 3–4. In 2012, the majority of Waiariki’s delivery was at Levels 3–4 (42%), Levels 7–8 (26%) and Levels 5–6 (22%). The main fields of study were Health (20%), Management and Commerce (13%) and Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (13%).

Waiariki has the highest level of Māori participation in the ITP sector (57%), and participation of under-25-year-olds (53%) was also well above the ITP sector average. Pasifika participation increased compared with 2011 and was above the regional demographic level. Waiariki had 806 full fee-paying international EFTS (1315 students) in 2012, the third largest in the ITP sector.

Waiariki met the majority of key performance indicators outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.


In 2012, the effectiveness of Waiariki’s education delivery was demonstrated by improvement across three of the four education performance indicators. It achieved above the ITP sector average for student retention, and increased 4 percentage points for course completion to bring it close to the ITP sector average. Waiariki’s qualification completion and student retention also improved substantially on the previous year, up 13 and 9 percentage points respectively.

The year on year improvement in the achievement among the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds), meant that these were generally only marginally below the ITP sector averages in 2012. Pasifika students were the exception, and were on a par with the ITP sector average for course completion (73%) and above average for qualification completion (67%).


Prior to the arrival of Professor Noble in October 2012, Waiariki had a period of acting chief executives. This had a flow-on effect through the organisation with a number of senior management positions covered in an acting capacity.

Total revenue increased by $3.5 million (7.1%) from 2011 to 2012, with notable increases in government funding ($2.4 million) and international student tuition fees ($0.9 million). Total expenses increased by $7.2 million (16.4%) in the same period, with personnel costs up $4.7 million.

In 2012, Waiariki reported a net surplus of $1.4 million (2.6%), which was down on the 2011 result of $5.1 million (10.4%).

TES Priorities

2012 Performance Waiariki ITP sector 
Students under 25 53% 52%
Māori 57% 22%
Pasifika 7% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  Waiariki ITP sector 
All  77% 79%
Students under 25 74% 78%
Māori 72% 73%
Pasifika 73% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  Waiariki ITP sector 
All 68% 70%
Students under 25 61% 63%
Māori 59% 61%
Pasifika 67% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Waiariki region, 37% were identified as Māori, 3% 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 5% 2,968 2,663 2,937
Students 3% 5,222 4,106 4,226
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 65% 73% 77%
Qualification Completion 70% 44% 55% 68%
Student Retention 60% 39% 54% 63%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 39% 29% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $30,614 $25,900 $28,292
Domestic student fees $8,750 $9,229 $9,198
International student fees $6,018 $9,798 $10,656
Other income (including research) $3,329 $3,778 $4,025
Total revenue $48,711 $48,705 $52,171
Personnel $26,232 $28,556 $33,254
Total expenses $40,899 $43,629 $50,791
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $7,812 $5,076 $1,380
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $46,307 $51,826 $56,896
Total assets $67,401 $76,356 $75,500
Equity (net assets) $60,260 $65,336 $66,716
Net cashflow from operations $12,859 $11,157 $2,597
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $3,307 $7,926 $9,172
Staffing FTE 327 394 459
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 11 : 1 9 : 1 9 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 22 : 1 17 : 1 17 : 1