Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Chair: Hon Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Don Campbell
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Wellington, Kapiti, Auckland
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.7% Teaching and Learning
0.3% Research
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
11.7% Level 1–2
32.4% Level 3–4
12.2% Level 5–6
43.7% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
27.6% Health
17.2% Creative Arts
12.3% Management and Commerce
9.1% Society and Culture
7.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
26.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, Whitireia Community Polytechnic’s educational performance continued to be strong and was above the ITP sector average. Whitireia’s financial performance was stable but below the TEC guidelines on some measures.


In Whitireia’s 2012 Annual Report, the council Chair, Hon Roger Sowry, reported on the excellent progress in the Students First strategic partnership with WelTec. From 1 January 2012, the institutions have been governed by a combined council, and a single Academic Board has been created to ensure a consistent strategic direction on academic matters.

The Chief Executive, Don Campbell, highlighted the official opening of a new Kapiti campus in a building that had undergone a $3.5 million upgrade. Whitireia also started a multi-million dollar upgrade of the main Porirua campus, and the Health Faculty building, Wikitoria Katene, was opened in March 2013.

Whitireia is recognised as a leading provider of tertiary education for culturally diverse communities and continues to be a significant force in the international student market. In 2012, the first intake for the Bachelor of Nursing Māori graduated, and the Pacific Trades Scholarships were launched with strong support from the Pacific Churches Ministers’ Group. International developments included a Memorandum of Understanding for student and teacher exchanges with Xiamen University of Technology and a cooperation programme with China’s Capital University of Physical Education and Sports.

In 2012, Whitireia’s enrolments increased by 6 percent (166 EFTS). This increase was spread across Levels 3–4 and Levels 7–8, which accounted for the largest share of provision, at 32 percent and 44 percent respectively. The main fields of study were Health (28%), Creative Arts (17%) and Management and Commerce (12%).

Participation was slightly below the ITP sector average for Māori and under-25-year-old students. Participation of Pasifika students increased on 2011 by 1 percentage point and was above the ITP sector average at 20 percent. Whitireia had 1254 full-fee paying international EFTS (1809 students) in 2012.

Whitireia met the majority of targets outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.


Whitireia achieved above the ITP sector average for three of the four educational performance indicators in 2012. The exception was student progression, which increased by 1 percentage point but was still marginally below the sector average. The increase for qualification completion was 10 percentage points between 2011 and 2012.

Performance among the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was above the ITP sector average and, with the exception of progression, had improved on 2011 results. Course completion for Māori increased 7 percentage points, lifting it above the ITP sector average. Qualification completion for Māori and Pasifika increased significantly, up 21 and 14 percentage points respectively.


The Whitireia WelTec combined council was established on 1 January 2012, and will reduce from 12 to eight members in two stages by 2014. In the Annual Report, the Chair paid tribute to the work of Dr Alan Barker and Peter Preston, who both retired from the council at the end of 2012.

In 2012, Whitireia reported a net surplus of $18,000, a decrease of $2.6 million (4.4%). Total revenue increased by $4.3 million (7.3%), with $3.1 million of that increase from government funding. In the same period, operating expenses increased by $5.6 million (10.0%). Whitireia also incurred $1.2 million in non-operating costs of which $1.0 million related to leased accommodation relocation due to seismic issues. In 2012, Whitireia’s subsidiary Whitireia New Zealand Ltd (WNZL) took over the business of Computer Power (NZ) Ltd, resulting in a significant increase in activity, and WNZL now represents around 10 percent of Whitireia’s revenue and educational delivery.

TES Priorities

2012 Performance Whitireia ITP sector 
Students under 25 49% 52%
Māori 20% 22%
Pasifika 20% 10%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All  83% 79%
Students under 25 80% 78%
Māori 76% 73%
Pasifika 77% 73%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All 78% 70%
Students under 25 66% 63%
Māori 70% 61%
Pasifika 74% 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 4% 2,780 2,725 2,891
Students 3% 4,706 4,230 4,187
Educational Performance Indicators ITP sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 79% 76% 80% 83%
Qualification Completion 70% 65% 68% 78%
Student Retention 60% 46% 64% 70%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 34% 35% 36%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $26,886 $26,458 $29,514
Domestic student fees $11,239 $11,989 $13,960
International student fees $13,700 $14,910 $14,171
Other income (including research) $4,365 $5,139 $5,126
Total revenue $56,190 $58,496 $62,771
Personnel $28,725 $30,460 $32,848
Total expenses $52,746 $55,916 $61,523
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,444 $2,580 $18
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $56,815 $62,674 $73,373
Total assets $80,625 $85,211 $87,386
Equity (net assets) $63,823 $63,513 $63,116
Net cashflow from operations $8,441 $5,129 $4,216
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $2,685 $9,840 $14,945
Staffing FTE 444 446 473
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 10 : 1 10 : 1 11 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 18 : 1 17 : 1 20 : 1