Whitireia can give you a great chance to succeed. If you want to complete and pass your polytechnic course, studying at Whitireia could be the best thing you could do. Figures from NZQA and the Tertiary Education Commission show that Whitireia is right up the top of tertiary institution ladder when it comes to their percentage of students completing courses and passing them.

Why the great results? Plenty of student support, a positive learning environment, hands-on training and teaching and courses designed with the industries they are based on. The result: jobs for graduates.

Whitireia was established in Porirua, north of Wellington, in 1986 and today has a student roll approaching 8,000. These students are studying across 120 programmes ranging from foundation courses to help get you underway through to Master’s programmes.

Partnership with Weltec puts Students First

And if Whitireia don’t offer a particular course, chances are that their Hutt-based partner WelTech does. Together the two institutions provide vocational education and training to over 18,000 students in the greater Wellington area under the Student First partnership. The two institutions own and manage the IT training business Computer Power Plus.

Whitireia operates campuses in nearby Kapiti, Central Wellington and Auckland. The Kapiti campus gives students an applied learning environment that looks and feels like real industry workspaces. Courses offered here include cooking, beauty/hairdressing,  outdoor adventure (complete with climbing wall) and photography.  At the Auckland campus – set in the heart of the city – Whitireia offers English, business, hospitality, teaching and computing programming courses. 

Many programmes based in Wellington City

Wellington City is the home for many of Whitireia’s creative courses and programmes. The New Zealand Film & Television School is based there, as is the New Zealand Radio Training School which also operates in Auckland and the Media Training Centre (journalism, creative writing). Fitting right in with these is the Whitireia Performance Centre catering for 130 students studying Performing Arts, Stage and Screen Arts, Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance. 

Whitireia is able to offer some Wellington city accommodation at the 222 Willis facility in conjunction with WelTech. It can also provide a range of scholarships for students through the Whitireia Foundation, these including school leaver scholarships and Te Reo Maori scholarships.

Whitireia provides opportunities for students from all over the country the chance to study programmes that they are passionate about, and provides them with an environment and with courses that are proven to foster and encourage learning and success. 

Whitireia courses are offered through five Centres of Learning:

Te Auaha/Creative

Business, Hospitality and Tourism

Health and Social Services

Information Technology, Engineering and Construction

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