Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Wellington Institute of Technology

Chair: Hon Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Dr Linda Sissons
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Petone (Wellington)
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Auckland, Christchurch
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
11.6% Level 1–2
37.2% Level 3–4
25.6% Level 5–6
23.6% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
16.4% Society and Culture
15.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
14.9% Architecture and Building
14.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
11.9% Management and Commerce
26.1% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) continued its strong educational performance, staying above the ITP sector average. WelTec remained in a stable financial position but was below the TEC guidelines on some measures.


A significant number of events in 2012 marked achievements that had been years in the making, and were described by the council Chair, Hon Roger Sowry, in the Annual Report. These were: the launch of WelTec’s new $13 million hospitality campus in Wellington, which includes a joint venture between WelTec and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute; the Students First strategic partnership with Whitireia; acquisition of the assets of Computer Power Plus as a joint venture of the partnership; and developments to provide student accommodation in Wellington. The strategic partnership with Whitireia is steered by a single combined council that governs and provides a consistent direction for tertiary level vocational education in the Wellington region. Priorities in the first year included: establishing combined governance processes and a joint Academic Board; developing a Shared Services Strategy and a Shared Campus Planning Strategy; developing a shared brand, joint domestic and international marketing and working with advisory committees.

Achievements highlighted by the Chief Executive, Dr Linda Sissons, included the agreement with Guangxi Polytechnic of Construction in China whereby its students will complete engineering and creative technology diplomas at WelTec; recognition of WelTec’s School of Information Technology as the first National Academy for CompTIA in New Zealand; and work with the Department of Corrections to help reduce reoffending by delivering trades training. In 2012, the Pacific Trades Scholarships were launched, a joint approach across the Wellington region involving both WelTec and Whitireia working with the Pacific Churches Ministers’ Group.

The majority of delivery was at Levels 3–4 (37%), Levels 5–6 (26%) and Levels 7–8 (26%). Overall provision decreased by 3 percent (83 EFTS), compared with 2011. The main fields of study were Engineering and Related Technologies (16%), Society and Culture (16%) and Architecture and Building (15%).

Participation was above the ITP sector average for students under 25 years of age and Pasifika, while Māori participation was below. In each case, participation had either remained the same or increased, compared with 2011. In 2012, WelTec had 347 full fee-paying international EFTS (481 students).

WelTec achieved most of the key performance targets outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.


WelTec’s results were above the ITP sector average on all four of the educational performance indicators. With the exception of student progression, performance improved on each measure.

The achievement of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was either above or on par with the ITP sector average. In each case, performance improved compared with the previous year. Notably, course completion increased for under-25-year-olds, Māori and Pasifika students by 5, 8 and 10 percentage points respectively.


The WelTec Whitireia combined council was established with 12 members on 1 January 2012. Governance arrangements provided for a reduction in the number of council members to eight, in two stages by January 2014.

WelTec’s total revenue increased by $2.4 million (4.5%) from 2011 to 2012. This represented an increase of $0.7 million in government funding and $2.7 million in student fees, partially offset by a reduction in other income. Operating expenses increased by $3.0 million (5.9%) for 2012, with increased personnel costs of $1.2 million.

WelTec reported a net deficit of $0.3 million (0.6%), compared with a surplus of $2.7 million (5.3%) in 2011. WelTec showed a $0.7 million net loss from its investment in associates, principally Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute Limited Partnership – which began taking students in September 2012.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance Weltec ITP sector
Students under 25 63% 52%
Māori 18% 22%
Pasifika 11% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance Weltec ITP sector
All 82% 79%
Students under 25 80% 78%
Māori 77% 73%
Pasifika 76% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance Weltec ITP sector
All 71% 70%
Students under 25 63% 63%
Māori 63% 61%
Pasifika 63% 62%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Wellington region, 12% were identified as Māori, 8% 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% 2,905 3,122 3,039
Students 3% 4,786 4,988 4,547
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 75% 77% 82%
Qualification Completion 70% 64% 64% 71%
Student Retention 60% 61% 64% 67%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 39% 40% 38%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $33,581 $32,278 $33,017
Domestic student fees $9,491 $10,704 $12,043
International student fees $3,963 $3,775 $5,095
Other income (including research) $6,310 $5,829 $4,793
Total revenue $53,345 $52,586 $54,948
Personnel $28,290 $29,882 $31,120
Total expenses $50,279 $50,756 $53,764
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,066 $2,765 -$315
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $59,781 $61,256 $65,399
Total assets $84,290 $87,703 $86,962
Equity (net assets) $68,642 $73,224 $72,770
Net cashflow from operations $9,501 $5,857 $5,633
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $4,296 $4,511 $9,514
Staffing FTE 397 402 444
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 11 : 1 12 : 1 10 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 22 : 1 23 : 1 20 : 1