New institution, new facilities – Toi Ohomai charges ahead

It has never been a better time to think about study in the Bay of Plenty. New institutions and new campuses promise top conditions for learning and training in the years ahead. 

Creative students at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's main Tauranga campus are, from the start of this year, being taught in some of the country’s most modern and practical teaching and learning facilities. 

Toi Ohomai’s Windermere campus has been the main hub of the institute since teaching started there in 1982. Nine years later the central city Bongard Centre became the base for business, management, office systems, computing and hairdressing programmes. Now the original Windermere campus is undergoing a huge upgrade, and in late February the first new buildings in the project were officially opened. 

Te Ara o Mauao is a 3000 sq m building that features modern, flexible learning environments for over 700 students from a range of subject areas. The building is home to Toi Ohomai’s latest sound recording studios which sit alongside purpose-built art, graphics, photography and creative spaces. 

The balance of the Windermere Campus upgrade will be opened in the next few years, as will a new CBD Campus in Tauranga that is being developed by a group led by the University of Waikato along with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi. This facility, due to open in three years, will cater for 1000 students and will link with Toi Ohomai’s Bongard Centre on Cameron Rd, bringing to reality the vision of a tertiary precinct in the Tauranga CBD. 

Formed from the merger between the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Rotorua’s Waiariki Institute of Technology, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is home to nearly 14,000 students, making it the third largest technical institute in New Zealand. The institute offers more than 150 programmes across five campuses, Tauranga, Rotorua, Whakatane, Taupo and Tokoroa.