From the end of January 2018, MAINZ - the Music and Audio Institute of NZ – will be taken over by the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). The result will be more choices and specialties for students in Music and Audio production.
MAINZ has been operated by Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) from their campuses in Christchurch and Auckland. The Greymouth polytechnic has been under direct government management since 2016 after a combination of declining student numbers and rising debt saw the institution hit the financial wall.
SIT has an established music and audio production training programme and appears a logical choice to take over the successful MAINZ operation. The MAINZ programme will be delivered from campuses in Christchurch and Auckland (as they are at present) and will be incortporated into the programmes SIT delivers from its Invercargill home.
More pathways and maybe more jobs
SIT believes MAINZ’s suite of programmes will add more pathways and better potential employment outcomes for graduates.
Students enrolled with MAINZ will automatically have their enrolments transferred to SIT and SIT will manage enrolments for new students applying in 2018.
Many MAINZ graduates have gone on to have excellent careers in the music industry including Gin Wigmore, Zowie, members of The Naked and Famous, I am Giant, The Checks and Avalanche City. Similarly graduates of MAINZ’s audio engineering and music and event management programmes have worked with some of the biggest international names in the business.
The arrangement with SIT will ensure this growing record of success just gets longer.