Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Chair: Dist. Prof. Sir Sidney Mead Hirini Moko
Chief Executive: Dist. Prof. Graham H. Smith
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
More than 100 sites throughout the country
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
96.5% Teaching and Learning
2.1% Capability
1.4% Research
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
2.9% Level 1–2
54.8% Level 3–4
Level 5–6
39.2% Level 7–8
3.1% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
48.4% Society and Culture
22.5% Creative Arts
13.6% Management and Commerce
9.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
4.9% Education
0.8% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2012, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi performed well overall educationally, but its performance dropped compared with 2011. Awanuiārangi remained in a sound financial position and exceeded the TEC financial performance guidelines.


In Awanuiārangi’s 2012 Annual Report, Te Amokapua/the Chair of Te Mana Whakahaere, Distinguished Professor Sir Sidney Mead, highlighted the redevelopment of the central Whakatane campus, which has been much admired by the local community. The new facilities were opened in December 2012 and feature the Professor Mark Laws Media Centre, teaching suites and lecture theatres with advanced video conferencing facilities to connect students, lecturers and their peers.

Other 2012 highlights identified by Te Tumuaki/the Chief Executive, Distinguished Professor Graham Smith, included the high percentage of students engaged in degree programmes (42%) and the growth in graduate programmes, with more than 80 doctoral student enrolments. Sheryl Lee Ferguson’s graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) in May 2012 was a landmark event for Awanuiārangi.

In November 2012, Awanuiārangi established the National Institute for Māori and Indigenous Performing Arts to protect and regenerate language, knowledge and culture through mastery of the performing arts. Donna Grant was appointed as Director of the Institute. Also in November, the inaugural symposium ‘Ngā Mana Whakairo a Toi – Celebrating Haka Excellence’ brought together some of the biggest names in kapa haka in the first national forum of its kind.

The 2012 year also saw the growth and expansion of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership. This formal relationship was established in 2010 between Awanuiārangi, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato and includes site-sharing, programme delivery and a proposal to jointly establish a shared campus in Tauranga for 2000 students.

In 2012, Awanuiārangi’s enrolments increased by 4 percent (120 EFTS). Most of its delivery was focused at Levels 3–4 (55%) and Levels 7–8 (39%). The main fields of study were Society and Culture (48%), Creative Arts (22%) and Management and Commerce (14%).

Participation by Māori (93%) in 2012 remained stable and at similar levels to previous years. Participation by under-25-year-olds (28%) was above the wānanga sector average (17%) and increased by 5 percentage points on 2011. Pasifika participation was unchanged from the previous year.


Awanuiārangi was above wānanga sector averages for course completion and student progression. While qualification completion and student retention were below the wānanga sector averages, Awanuiārangi improved on both measures, compared with 2011.

Performance by Māori and under-25-year-olds was above the wānanga sector average for course completion. Qualification completion increased for both Māori and under-25-year-olds on the previous year but was below or equal to the wānanga sector average. Because of the relatively low numbers involved, achievement of Pasifika students has tended to fluctuate from year to year. ​


A review of the size of the council’s membership was one governance focus during the year and included consultation with the Ministry of Education. Awanuiārangi made recommendations on governance arrangements that took into account the institution’s identity, history and future plans.

In 2012, Awanuiārangi reported a net surplus of $3.9 million (13.3%), which was up on the 2011 result of $2.1 million (7.1%). Awanuiārangi’s total revenue decreased by $0.2 million (0.7%) between 2011 and 2012. During the same period, total expenditure decreased by $2.0 million (7.2%), with personnel costs down by $1.0 million. During 2012, Awanuiārangi liquidated its sole subsidiary McAlister Holdings Ltd and purchased, on an arm’s-length basis, the subsidiary’s land and buildings.

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2012 Performance Awanuiārangi Wānanga
Students under 25 28% 17%
Māori 93% 57%
Pasifika 4% 9%
Course Completion
2012 Performance  Awanuiārangi Wānanga
All  88% 81%
Students under 25 86% 76%
Māori 88% 78%
Pasifika 76% 78%
Qualification Completion
2012 Performance  Awanuiārangi Wānanga
All 64% 68%
Students under 25 52% 60%
Māori 63% 63%
Pasifika 54% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Whitireia 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 Wānanga sector 2010 2011 2012
EFTS 12% 2,482 2,786 2,906
Students 13% 4,984 4,947 4,990
Educational Performance Indicators Wānanga sector 2010 2011 2012
Successful Course Completion 81% 89% 91% 88%
Qualification Completion 68% 48% 49% 64%
Student Retention 71% 64% 53% 57%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 46% 44% 36%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2010 2011 2012
Total government revenue $21,421 $24,056 $23,584
Domestic student fees $1,790 $2,054 $2,489
International student fees $0 $0 $0
Other income (including research) $2,746 $3,296 $3,124
Total revenue $25,957 $29,406 $29,197
Personnel $10,154 $12,217 $11,175
Total expenses $22,550 $27,284 $25,310
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,101 $2,075 $3,887
Property, plant, equipment and intangibles $16,843 $23,027 $34,265
Total assets $44,906 $47,475 $51,749
Equity (net assets) $41,841 $43,625 $47,538
Net cashflow from operations $3,875 $6,057 $7,218
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangibles $3,376 $9,158 $14,116
Staffing FTE 146 174 151
Total EFTS to total staff FTE ratio 20 : 1 19 : 1 23 : 1
Total EFTS to teaching staff FTE ratio (academic and tutorial) 43 : 1 41 : 1 48 : 1