About This Program

Enroll in this program for ongoing professional development and remain current in the industry's advancements through up-to-date theoretical and applied knowledge.  You will be studying a specialist field complementing your current experience and/or qualifications.  These fields include:

  • Advanced hardware
  • Computer systems design
  • Computer networking
  • Communications technology
  • Networking
  • Databases
  • Programming
  • Gaming and animation
  • Multimedia
  • Internet and web development.

Course Delivery

This Graduate Diploma of Computing & Technology program is being offered at the Rotorua (Mokoia) campus.  It may include a combination of classroom lectures, time spent in a computer laboratory as well as a research project.


Career opportunities await you after graduation such as:

  • Computer systems technician
  • Database administrator
  • Helpdesk operator
  • Network systems and data communications analyst
  • Programmer
  • Systems administrator
  • Systems analyst
  • Website administrator
  • Website developer
  • 3D shading artist
  • Motion editor
  • Rotoscoper

If you would like to take further studies down the road in Toi Ohomai Insitute of Technologu, you may want to explore the following programs:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management
  • Master of Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be expected to be able to:

  • Build on your current underpinning knowledge and skills to apply technical and conceptual thinking in specialist computing and technology fields including:
    • internet and web development 
    • computer systems design
    • computer networking
    • communications technology
    • gaming and animation or 
    • embedded systems
  • Demonstrate competency at analysing, solving, managing and taking responsibility for broadly-defined problems in specialist computing and technology fields including:
    • internet and web development 
    • computer systems design
    • computer networking
    • communications technology
    • gaming and animation or 
    • embedded systems
  • Undertake further learning and professional development.

Course Outline

Course Code : WR3000

College : Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Creative Arts - Te Kura Taki

Duration : 1 Year

Qualifications Level : Level 7

Fees :

The tuition fee for the Graduate Diploma in Computing and Technology is New Zealand Dollar nineteen thousand nine hundred fifty (NZ$19,950).  This figure represents what Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology expects will be your reasonable tuition fee as an international student. Fees will vary depending on the courses you select.

Other fees, course-related or otherwise, have not been included in the above figure e.g.:

  • Living expenses
  • Material Fee, Books
  • Identification Card
  • Student Insurance

As expenses are subject to change, these fees may be changed at any time.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

There are four intake dates per year and these are in: February; May; July and; November.

Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 4 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.  

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or a related discipline; or
  • Have completed a minimum of a two year diploma equivalent to NZQA Level 6 or higher in a related discipline and be approved by the relevant Head of Department; or
  • have at least three years equivalent relevant practical and/or professional experience and be approved by the relevant Head of Department.  

As an international student, you must demonstrate ability to meet the English language requirements of the programme as follows:

  • IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; or
  • TOEFL pBT Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5.0 TWE); or
  • TOEFL iBT Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20).

Why Study in Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Mokoia Campus

With a national reputation for Forestry, Tourism, Hospitality, and Nursing the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology has strong links to local and national training and governmental bodies ensuring that international students like you, will obtain relevant and job-ready qualifications when you graduate.

The Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology is also known for its high level of student support and prides itself on ensuring that your needs will be met with the provision of its excellent services and facilities.  You will certainly appreciate the increase in resources and scope so you will have better access to  a wider choice of programmes.

And with a booming hospitality and tourism industry, the Bay of Plenty receives over three million visitors every year, making it easy for international students to find part-time jobs.  The Bay of Plenty region, that incorporates the former counties of Tauranga, Rotorua, Whakatane and Opotiki, certainly has a more laid back pace and relatively lower living expenses compared to other regions of New Zealand.  This is great for the budget conscious international student.

The popularity of the institute is also directly attributable to the location of its campuses.  Rotorua is a lake district while Tauranga has some of New Zealand's most beautiful beaches.  There's always something to do while you're not studying or working in your part-time job!

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Other reasons for choosing Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology for your postgraduate studies abroad are:

  • Small class sizes and more individual attention from the tutors
  • High quality teaching and a well managed facility
  • Partnerships with other tertiary providers gives you more choice of programmes
  • Strong industry connections link your training with 'the real world'
  • A diverse range of programmes
  • Super friendly and helpful learning facilitators
  • Student activities, competitions and fun stuff, all organised for you
  • Lifelong friends and great memories
  • Awesome campus facilities

There are so many programs available for students, and these include studies in:

  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Medical/Healthcare courses
  • Hospitality
  • Creative industries
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Construction and Infrastucture.

The Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology differs as it places emphasis on hands-on learning.  Consider the following:

  • This tertiary education provider enjoys 90% student satisfaction
  • You can study architecture in Denmark via the exchange programme
  • The Road Transport, Warehousing and Logistics Training Centre is the only training facility of its kind in New Zealand
  • The Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology has the best and only engineering facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere
  • The institute has its own recording studio where students write, record and perform original music and create music videos
  • Disney visits to recruit students for its internship programme in the US
  • The pool and gym facilities hold New Zealand Academy of Sport status - the only facility in the Western Bay to do so

Learning is "by doing" -  75% of students undertake work placements in industry. They also:

  • Fix cars at Bay Auto, the polytechnic's own automotive workshop
  • Build houses from the ground up and watch them roll out the gate to their new owners
  • Prepare meals in the training kitchens and cook for a full restaurant of 60 people
  • Design garments for WOW and Westfield Style Pasifika and participate in art, graphic design and fashion exhibitions
  • Help people look and feel great in the Atrium Beauty Salon in Bay of Plenty
  • Run a radio station

International student support. 

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is well equipped to help its international students achieve their study goals and ensure that their time is an enjoyable one.  In fact in addition to the academic qualifications awarded by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology,  international student will reap the added benefit of a supportive international student support division.   International students are highly valued in New Zealand and the International Centre consists of staff from all over the globe who understand student needs better than anyone.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology student lounge Rotorua

New Students' Orientation.

Orientation is compulsory for all international students and held on campus. Please note the date on your offer letter which indicates when your orientation will be held.

Upon arrival at the Auckland International Airport, you will be met by a representative of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua  and taken directly to your homestay or the campus, depending on your arrival date.

When you arrive at the Rotorua, you will be taken to the International Centre to complete your registration and begin an orientation process. During the orientation, you will:

  • Learn how to use the local public transport service and the acceptable behaviour while using the service
  • Go on a city tour, and important places to know
  • Be briefed on Immigration regulations governing visas
  • Be given a traditional Māori welcome
  • Be given more accommodation and homestay information
  • Learn more about banking in New Zealand
  • Be briefed about Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's academic programme structure
  • Learn what local recreational facilities and activities are available to you
  • Learn Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's school bylaws and facilities

You will then be taken to the relevant school for introduction to the programme leader. The programme leader will complete the faculty and programme induction.

The support that Waiariki will be giving you as an international student are numerous. We've enumerated them here and arranged these alphabetically for easy reading.

Advice and Advocacy.

Formerly known as the Waiariki Insitute of Technology Student's Association (WITSA), this association are your friends on campus - students supporting students. The mission of the students' association is to represent the issues and concerns of all members at a local, regional and national level.

Staffers of the association can help you with a number of things such as:

  • Advice or clarification about the policies or procedures of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology;
  • Details on how things work in the institution (such as your free bus pass!);
  • Representation or support.

Automotive Workshop

Having car problems or need a Warrant of Fitness?

An automotive workshop on Mokoia Campus guarantees all work and is competitively priced.  Bookings are required though and you'll  have to contact the team in the workshop during business hours to schedule an appointment.

Banking Machine-cashpoint (ATM)

The Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has a banking machine on the N Block of the Mokoia Campus for cash withdrawals, account balances and deposit services.

Buddy Program

Make friends from around the world! The campuses are buzzing with students from all parts of the world. Most are newcomers to New Zealand so why not sign up to be a buddy for one-on-one exchange and support during the study term?

Learn more about your buddy's country and culture while you teach them about yours and you explore New Zealand together.

Bus Transport

Rotorua Bus

Rotorua students 
As an enrolled Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology student in Rotorua, you are eligible to use your student ID smartcard for discounted bus transport on all Rotorua Cityride bus routes, seven days a week. 

Cityride route 11 and 12 stop just outside the recreation centre on Mokoia Drive every 30 minutes and arrive 15 minutes apart. This means you are able to catch a bus to town every 15 minutes from campus.

While using the bus service, if you need to transfer or switch buses, you must request a transfer from the bus driver at time of boarding.

In addition to the regular Rotorua Cityride timetable, the following additional services are available (these are not for public use and therefore not listed on the Bay Bus website):

  • Morning Express:Service runs Monday through Thursday from Pukuatua Street that:
  • leaves at 8.00am and travels to Mokoia Campus;
  • leaves at 8.20am and travels to Waipa Campus; and
  • leaves at 8.50am from Mokoia Campus and travels to Waipa Campus.
  • Afternoon Express:Service runs Monday through Thursday that leaves Waipa Campus at 3pm, arrives at Mokoia Drive at 3.10pm, then travels to Pukuatua Street.
  • Night Express:Service runs Monday through Wednesday that leaves from Mokoia Drive at 7.45pm and takes students to their closest bus stop along the Cityride routes.

Waipa students
Travel from Mokoia, and Whakatane campuses is available at 8.50am.  Travel from Taupo, and Tokoroa campuses arrived around 8.30-8.40am.

Free transport for students travelling from Taupo, Tokoroa, and Whakatane

Free transport to Mokoia and Waipa Campuses is available from Taupo, Tokoroa, and Whakatane campuses Monday-Friday during Term 1, 2, 3, and 4.  This service DOES NOT run during term breaks, summer semester, or public holidays. Should you require transport outside of these terms please speak to a faculty administration manager to find out if a van is operating.

Cafe: The Melting Pot Cafe (Wharekai)

Tired and hungry? Not to worry! Grab breakfast, lunch or a snack.

A delicious variety of fresh food and drinks, including healthy food options and espresso coffees, all at reasonable prices. Plenty of comfy indoor and shaded outdoor seating, too. Cash and EFTPOS accepted.

A sink, hot water, and microwaves are available for student use.

The Melting Pot Cafe currently uses the universal Goody card loyalty programme. Your Goody card offers unique and exceptional rewards at places you love.

  • Earn points by scanning the QR code of your Goody card or on your Goody mobile app on the in-store iPad.
  • Redeem rewards by tapping on any reward that you are eligible to redeem and show the confirmation to the cafe staff member currently serving you!

Friendly reminder: points are specific to each business and can only be used for redemption at that location.

Careers and Employability

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology assists students in making the transition from study to work. A careers advisor and a job shop coordinator help you think critically about your aspirations and what you can do to enhance your employability. This is achieved through:

  • CV and JobSearch seminars;
  • Interview training sessions;
  • Guest-lecturing upon tutor invitation workshops (in the Melting Pot);
  • Toi Ohomai routinely lists jobs, volunteer opportunities, student projects, and more for its students;
  • providing connections between industry and students in recruitment speed-meets.

Cashier (Kaitiaki moni)

It happens. Sometimes fluctuations in exchange rates happen while transfering funds for your tuition fee.  Not to worry!  The Mokoia Campus cashier is located in I Block. You can pay the balance of your course fees here.

The cashier accepts cash, EFTPOS, cheques and major credit cards.

Childcare Centre

Nga Tamariki o Te Waiariki Educare Centre is a privately owned operation situated on Mokoia Campus.

The Childcare Centre is located at Windermere Campus in Tauranga.  It is a large centre,  offering reasonable rates for children 6 months to 5 years.  Operating Monday to Friday from 7:45am to 5pm, you can be assured that the teachers are all qualified professionals who are committed to fostering a safe and nurturing environment, thereby providing an excellent learning environment.  

Chinese Language Centre

In conjunction with the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, Waiariki has developed a Chinese language centre on Mokoia Campus to teach anyone interested in the language and culture. Min Zhang, from Institute of Technology of Xuzhou, has a master's degree in linguistics and has been teaching Chinese to non-native speakers for five years.

Class Rep System

Waiariki Institute of Technology Students’ Association (WITSA) encourages students to be active participants in the processes and structures of the institute. You can do this by becoming a class rep! Students who take on this role represent their peers in meetings and discussion forums to help improve the quality of international student support.

Being a class rep is a great opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills. Training is provided.

Computer Services at Waiariki CS@W (Ratongo rorohiko)

CS@W is a dedicated team, within the IT department of the institution, that provides assistance with computer related issues, faults, requests, support, or questions. This service is open to all students and staff. C

all on them if you have trouble with any computer related service including the campus Wi-Fi network.  Students in Taupo, Tokoroa, or Whakatane can email or call the CS@W staff and receive for remote assistance.

Copy Centre

The Copy Centre, located in I Block on Mokoia Campus, provides photocopying, printing (black and white, and coloured), binding and laminating services, and sells a variety of paper and card stock for assignments – all at discounted rates.

Self service copiers are available at the library, N Block Level 3.


Counselling is available to all students to assist in any area causing stress that is having an effect on their study.

The counsellor of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology can provide confidential help with coping with change, study and work challenges, managing anxiety and stress, family and relationship issues, decision making, drug and alcohol issues, or just someone to listen and understand.

Disability Support Services

The Health Centre at Waiariki supports students and staff with disabilities and impairments such as vision, hearing, medical, mental health, physical mobility, specific learning disabilities and learning difficulties.

Most buildings are accessible by ramp, and mobility parking spaces are available close to your place of study. The local bus company runs an accessible bus on its “Polytechnic” route.

Assistive technology and equipment (i.e., dictaphone, personal listener/amplifier, notetaker/reader writer) are available to borrow. Learning support referrals, interview and enrolment assistance are also available.

Bay of Plenty Beauty and Spa programme

Hair and Beauty Salons

Full-service hair salons – one on each campus and one in Rotorua's city centre – provide services at competitive prices. Waiariki Hair, Beauty, Body and Spa is located in Rotorua's city centre and provides services including massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and facial treatments during term time.

Health Centre

Our occupational health nurse provides a range of services at Mokoia Campus that are free and confidential, including health screening (i.e., blood pressure, weight, hearing, blood sugar tests), health monitoring and support for medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension, asthma, epilepsy, etc.), sexual health services, treatment for injuries and wounds, and smoking cessation assistance. 


There is an IELTS Test Centre at the Rotorus campus of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Do you have to re-sit the IELTS for your permanent residency application?  Just contact them to schedule a test.

Information Centre

The Information Centre, located in N Block, Mokoia Campus, is your one-stop shop to gathering information and advice on Waiariki qualifications, courses, study options and requirements. Staff are on hand to answer any questions, assist with applications, provide take-home materials and more.


At the Waiariki JobShop, the institute has made a few fantastic changes to make finding employment even easier for YOU!  

Periodically, the institute will be highlighting the national and regional job opportunities most relevant to you at the JobShop.

Learning Advisors

The team of learning advisors provides free support to all Waiariki students. The team can help you succeed in your studies and achieve your goals. The advisors work in partnership with tutors to identify students at risk and provide the best possible support.

Learning advisors work with students one-on-one, in study groups and in classroom settings in partnership with tutors.  They can support you to:

  • Plan for successful tertiary study
  • Develop effective study skills and attainable goals
  • Begin and stay on track with assignments
  • Develop exam study strategies
  • Further develop numeracy, literacy and language skills
  • Access other support channels available at or through Waiariki.

Library Learning Centre

The library aims to fully support you with your academic work. The friendly staff can assist with: finding, assessing and evaluating, information in various formats, APA reference assistance, provision of library resources to all, students and staff, computer and technical support, provision of study rooms and spaces in the Learning Resource Centre, provision of student ID cards, topping up of your ID card to allow printing and photocopying.

The Library Learning Centre (LLC) Helpdesk support offers support for individuals, small groups, and workshops.

  • Assignment support:  Learning Advisors are available at the LLC for individual and small group sessions to guide and support students.
  • Orientation, student email, and eCampus: This session introduces students to the library catalogue, eCampus, and acess student email.
  • Databases:  This session teaches students how to access online journals, books, and abstracts. This is suitable for both new and returning degree, post graduate, and diploma students.
  • APA Referencing:  This session teaches students how to correctly use APA referencing and in-text citations to avoid plagiarism.
  • How to evaluate information:  This session teaches students to find, evaluate and use information for assignment purposes.
  • MS Office:  learn how to use Word and PowerPoint to prepare assignments.

Sessions are tailor-made to the level and contents of students programme of study (course content).  Databases and APA Referencing sessions are beneficial for returning students.

Please note, these workshops are not limited to the orientation week. All workshops are offered throughout the year as per the requirement of the courses.


Free parking is available on Waiariki campuses in Rotorua, Taupo and Whakatane for students and staff. Parking for people with disabilities is available in designated areas, and your mobility card must be displayed. Visitors’ parking is also available (ask at the reception desk for a visitor’s pass).


On each campus, all student computers are automatically connected to printers on the Waiariki network. After creating a print job, swipe your ID card on one of the student multifunction printers. This will display a list of your print jobs and allow you to print.

Student multifunction printers are located in the following:

Mokoia Campus:

  • G Block main foyer
  • L Block main foyer
  • N Block level 2, outside N200, N228
  • N Block level 3, two printers outside N310
  • N Block level 3, opposite the Library Issue Desk
  • O Block main foyer

Taupo and Tokoroa campuses: main reception

Whakatane Campus: ask at the main reception


Waiariki Community Recreation Centre

Fit body, fit mind!  

Let's face it, study can leave you drained, tired and sometimes stressed. Increasing your heart rate, even for just 20 minutes, has been proven to elevate your mood, give you MORE energy and alleviate stress.

The institute believes a healthy community is a happy and prosperous community. The Waiariki Community Recreation Centre – Te Pūtahi Hākinakina o Waiariki on Mokoia Campus houses a gym and weights room, as well as recreational/social sports leagues and fitness classes.  You can be eligible for discounted membership fees while you study.

As a member you can pop in for a game of badminton or basketball, a quick weights session and more. Membership fees include access to social sports and a great range of exercise classes.

Waiariki Community Recreation Centre

What the Centre Has Range on Offer
Exercise Classes Balance, Circuit classes, Spin Class
Sports Basketball, Dodgeball, Netball, Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton, Cricket, Touch
Services Offered Personal training sessions, Personal exercise programmes, Health and fitness testing, Sports science services

Student ID Card

All enrolled Waiariki students whose fees are paid are provided with a programmed smartcard ID which is used for identity and access to buildings, printing and photocopying, and free bus rides on Rotorua Cityride routes.  

ID cards must be topped up by students with EFTPOS or credit card using the self service KIOSK located in N Block.


You are strongly enjoined to immediately advise the International Centre if you change your accommodation address and/or contact numbers. Failure to do so may place your continuation as a student in jeopardy.

All homestay and hostel contracts are between the provider of accommodation and student. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology however, will do their best to meet your accommodation preferences.  If you are looking for rental accommodation, the International Centre is available to help you find suitable rental accommodation.

You are asked to advise the International Centre immediately if you change your accommodation address and/or contact numbers. Failure to do so may place your continuation as a student in jeopardy.

Hostel Accommodation.

Tangatarua Hall of Residence is located next to the Rotorua campus of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Situated in a park-like setting with mature landscaping and open spaces, the hall offers students affordable housing within walking distance to your courses on Mokoia Campus. The hall is open to all students and offers an ideal alternative to commuting from other areas.

Some of the facilities and services include:

  • communal kitchen and dining areas
  • full-time residential manager to ensure your security and safety
  • broadband internet available in your room
  • table tennis
  • pool table and games, and
  • free on-site parking.

Homestay Accommodation with a New Zealand Family.

Homestay accommodation is a unique way of familiarising yourself with your new culture. A family boarding situation, homestay accommodation takes you in to the home of a New Zealand family. All families have undergone house inspections, interviews and have been policed cleared.

The homestay option is especially recommended for students studying English. This will provide you with an opportunity to practice your English in a real world situation. Living in a family environment will also aid your adjustment to life in New Zealand.

If you choose homestay, you are highly encouraged to commit to at least onoe month with your host family, which will allow you time to adapt to each other.

The weekly homestay fee of NZ$195 includes your own room, most meals, and power and laundry. It may also include internet access.

We encourage you to commit to at least one month with your host family, which will allow you time to adapt to each other.

The weekly homestay fee of NZ$195 includes your own room, most meals, and power and laundry. It may also include internet access.

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