Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Waikato Institute of Technology

Chair: Gordon Chesterman until April 2012
(Current: Mary Cave-Palmer)
Chief Executive: Mark Flowers
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Hamilton (City), Rotokauri
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Thames, Te Kuiti, Otorohanga, Hamilton Gardens
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
98.7% Teaching and Learning
1.3% Research
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
8.3% Level 1–2
26.2% Level 3–4
17.3% Level 5–6
47.7% Level 7–8
0.5% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
22.8% Health
13.3% Creative Arts
13.2% Society and Culture
10.6% Management and Commerce
8.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
31.2% Other
Delivery By Subject

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) continued to perform well educationally and remained in a healthy financial position in 2012.


Council Chair, Mary Cave-Palmer, and Chief Executive, Mark Flowers provided a joint review for Wintec’s 2012 Annual Report. Achievements in 2012 included improved academic performance for students, value-led initiatives for students and employers, and an expanded international focus to include off-shore delivery. Campus facilities were modernised, Wintec was recognised with a business excellence award, and the organisation posted a positive financial result.

Māori achievement remained a strategic priority that was strengthened by the opening of a new marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, at the city campus, by King Tuheitia in February. The Media Arts building on the city campus was refurbished, and a new entrance to the Rotokauri campus was completed.

Relationships with secondary schools were extended to create more pathways, and the trades academies in Hamilton and Te Kuiti were operating as partnerships between Wintec and local secondary schools. Wintec’s commitment to internationalisation was demonstrated by increased enrolments, more international partnerships, and greater involvement in emerging off-shore delivery options. An off-shore campus is to be established at Chengdu University in China, with English language courses to be taught from 2014. Wintec’s Employer Partnership Groups continued to provide regular interaction with industry and practical research requests from local industry resulted in 47 research vouchers commissioned in 2012.

Wintec’s enrolments in 2012 increased by 1 percent (65 EFTS), compared with 2011. Most of this increase was at Levels 7–8, which made up 48 percent of delivery in 2012, with Levels 3–4 (26%) and Levels 5–6 (17%) making up the other largest shares. The main fields of study were Health (23%), Creative Arts (13%) and Society and Culture (13%).

Participation of Māori and under-25-year-old students remained above the ITP sector average, while Pasifika student participation was below average but representative of regional demography. In 2012 Wintec had 662 full fee-paying international EFTS (1137 students).

Wintec achieved the majority of key performance indicators outlined in its Statement of Service Performance with only marginal differences between target and actual.


In 2012, Wintec’s education delivery was above or on par with the ITP sector averages across all four of the educational performance indicators (EPIs). Each of the EPIs also increased compared with 2011 results, except for course completion, which dropped slightly. Student retention increased 13 percentage points on the previous year.

Achievement by each of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was below the ITP sector average yet showed improvement. Small increases were achieved in qualification completion for all groups, with Pasifika qualification completion increasing from 49% in 2011 to 57% in 2012, and larger increases were made in retention and progression for all groups.


In April 2012 Gordon Chesterman retired as council Chair after serving for 10 years. His contribution was recognised in a series of well-attended farewell events with staff, council members, and the community. The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment appointed Mary Cave-Palmer, the former Deputy Chair, as council Chair in September 2012 and subsequently appointed Pam Roa to the consequential vacancy.

In 2012, Wintec reported a net surplus of $3.6 million (4.1%), which was up on the 2011 result of $3.3 million (3.9%). Wintec’s 2012 total revenue increased from 2011 by $4.3 million, with $3.4 million of the increase coming from additional domestic and international student tuition fees.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance Wintec ITP sector 
Students under 25 62% 52%
Māori 23% 22%
Pasifika 6% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  Wintec ITP sector 
All  79% 79%
Students under 25 77% 78%
Māori 70% 73%
Pasifika 68% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  Wintec ITP sector 
All 69% 70%
Students under 25 59% 63%
Māori 56% 61%
Pasifika 57% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Wintec region, 18% were identified as Māori, 3% as Pasifika and 23% 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% 4,918 4,943 5,008
Students 6% 9,886 7,681 7,562
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 77% 80% 79%
Qualification Completion 70% 61% 64% 69%
Student Retention 60% 59% 58% 71%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 33% 45% 55%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $49,198 $49,467 $49,478
Domestic student fees $17,277 $18,752 $20,687
International student fees $7,488 $7,545 $8,990
Other income (including research) $8,909 $7,598 $8,562
Total revenue $82,872 $83,362 $87,717
Personnel $44,113 $47,584 $48,467
Total expenses $80,153 $80,093 $84,101
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $2,719 $3,269 $3,616
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $129,313 $138,474 $141,630
Total assets $135,548 $159,394 $158,151
Equity (net assets) $113,258 $119,974 $122,525
Net cashflow from operations $14,385 $10,598 $11,661
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $23,519 $15,060 $10,833
Staffing FTE 614 610 640
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 11 : 1 11 : 1 11 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 20 : 1 20 : 1 19 : 1