Overview

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Located in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region, known for its beautiful beaches, lakes, evergreen fields and exciting adventure opportunities for visitors, the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology is the result of a merging in May 2016 of two tertiary education providers: Waiariki Institute of Technology and; Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

As the largest tertiary  provider in the Bay of Plenty region and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology continues the traditions of the two merged polytechnics and is committed to working with businesses, community, industries and Kiwi partners to ensure the new institution meets their needs and most importantly, the needs of students.

Toi Ohomai is a Maori phrase meaning to "aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning."  And the name of this institution is apt, seeing as both Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic adhered to a high quality of teaching and were advocates of networking with industry partners, local and national training and governmental bodies.

Home to almost 14,000 students and more than 1,000 staff members, the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology offers more than150 programmes over 68 delivery sites. International students come from India, South America, Japan, China, Fiji, Philippines, Nepal, various countries in Europe, and Sri Lanka.  So if one of the reasons you intend to study overseas is to gain exposure to other cultures and network, then the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology is a great place for you to pursue further studies.

Why Study in Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand

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
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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);
  • JobShop website that enables industry and communityorganisations to list jobs, volunteer opportunities, student projects, and more
  • 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

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. 


IELTS

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.


JobShop

Here 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.


Parking

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).

Printers/Printing

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.


Accommodation

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.

Campuses

Toi-Ohomai has several campuses from the merger of Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.  These are:

  • Mokoia campus
  • Taupo campus
  • Tokoroa campus
  • Whakatane campus
  • Windermere campus
  • Bongard Centre
  • Road Transport Training Facility

Rotorua (Mokoia Campus)

The Mokoia Campus was the main campus of Waiariki Institute of Technology.  It is located in Rotorua. Rotorua Mokoia Campus thumbnail image. is well-known as the heartland of Maori culture and geothermal activity. Located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty, North Island of New Zealand, the Rotorua district also includes a number of rural and lakeside communities.

As a student, you can ride ride mountain trails on your bike, participate in eco-tours, go fishing, hunting or golf, check out Maori culture at its finest or visit museums and galleries during weekends.

Taupo Campus
Taupo is a fantastic place to live, study and play.  This unique part of New Zealand Taupo Campus thumbnail image. is part of a Volcanic Zone and the Thermal Explorer Highway.  The Taupo landscape has natural thermal spas in the area making for a great place to relax after a day of learning.

Kaingaroa Forest is the largest man made forest in the world and attracts mountain bikers and hikers to its stunning forest tracks. ount Ruapehu nearby is New Zealand's largest ski area and hosts one of the best one-day walks in the world: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.  This campus is about three minutes from the town centre.

Tokoroa Campus 
Tokoroa is a timber town, located in the South Waikato District.  Tokoroa lies in the Tokoroa Campus thumbnail image. heart of New Zealand’s massive forestry, timber and paper industries sitting between the lush farmland of the Waikato and the vast plantation pine forests of the central North Island. The Tokoroa campus is conveniently located in downtown Tokoroa.  

Whakatane Campus 

Whakatane, the Pacific jewel of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, has a river mouth boat harbour, spacious ocean beaches and fertile countryside. The Whakatane campus Whakatane Campus thumbnail image. is located about 6 kilometres from the central business district, and offers plenty of free on-campus parking.  

The Whakatane campus is located in New Zealand’s Sunshine Capital, only a few of kilometres from some of New Zealand’s best beaches! Students studying at the Whakatane campus will find the region a great place to get involved in the forestry, horticulture, fishing, and tourism industries.

Windmere Campus  

The main campus and administration hub of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic before the  merger with Waiariki Institute of Technology.  It is located on the south side of Our Windermere Campusmain campus and administration hub, is located on the city of Tauranga's south side.  It is set in 24 hectares of trees and gardens providing an energising and fun place to study for students of all ages.  

Windermere Campus features modern lecture theaters complete with the latest video conferencing and presentation technologies, new state-of-the-art trades workshops built to emulate industry, as well as refurbished graphic design computer labs.  It also houses purpose-built laboratories, fashion and art studios, a restaurant, cafés, beauty salon, a radio station and music recording suite, as well as Te Pare a Ruahine, our fantastic aquatic centre and gym.

Bongard Centre

Bongard Centre is home to the Business Administration, Business Management, Bongard CentreComputing and Legal Studies programmes of the former Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. It features purpose-built lecture theatres, computer laboratories  and administration facilities.  

With its own library, student support, health and international services as well as Student Experience and a rooftop café, you have everything you need at Bongard, plus you have the advantage of being in the heart of the city.  Parking is available at low cost in a nearby student car park and a range of buses stop just down the road.

Road Transport Training Facility

The Road Transport, Warehousing and Logistics Training Centre of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is a fully Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Road Transport, Warehousing and Logistics Training Centrefunctioning 3,000m2 warehouse located in the middle of the distribution sector in Tauranga.  It has been established with full support of industry and is the only training facility of its kind in the country. 

The warehouse provides a real, hands-on learning environment, where our Road Transport students pick up and deliver loads to the warehouse, our Warehousing and Distribution students unload and store goods, and to complete the cycle consignments are released from the warehouse and delivered back to the clients.

Faculties & Departments

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology student

In what was formerly Waiariki Institute of Technology ...

There are four faculties in what was formerly known as Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Faculty of Applied Technology and Primary Industries - Te Kura Takawāo

Hands on training in well-equipped facilities that replicate realistic work environments in the areas of forestry, primary industries and trades training.  The faculty departments are:

  • Department of Engineering Technologies and Construction.  The Department of Engineering Technologies and Construction offer programmes such as Automotive and Engineering, Collision Repair, and Welding and Fabrication.
  • Department of Forestry and Resource Management.  The Department of Forestry and Resource Management is the largest vocational forestry training institute in New Zealand.
  • Department of Manufacturing and Primary Industries.  Courses within the Department of Primary Industries range from agriculture to plant biotechnology.

The array of certificates, diplomas and skill-based programmes are delivered from its campuses in Rotorua, Whakatane, Tokoroa, and Taupo. Training is also provided in regional satellite locations from Silverdale to Napier.

Quality hands-on training in well-equipped facilities replicate realistic work environments. There are opportunities for students to be involved in educational projects, apprenticeships as well as industry experience. They can also gain valuable on-site work experience, such as in Waiariki’s sawmill at the Waipa campus.

All tutors of Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology are qualified and experienced industry professionals who provide not only educational training and practical skills, but also a high level of pastoral care which addresses the needs of each student, enabling him or her to succeed.

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

The Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Creative Arts plays an active role in advancing applied and innovative learning. Te Kura Taki in fact maintains strong links with local businesses, the regional economy and international partners providing students with a current connection with industry.

The four departments in this faculty are:

  • Department of Business.  The Department of Business offers programmes suitable for business administration and business management.
  • Department of Creative Art and Design.  Our flexible approach to creativity and design allows students to tailor their qualification to their area of interest.
  • Department of Computing and Communications.  Learn skills that will enable you to bridge the diminishing gap between information technology and communications.
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality.  Our close relationship with local tourism operators allows us to demonstrate the relevancy of a qualification in tourism and hospitality.

Programmes offered by this faculty are available at a range of campuses including: Rotorua, Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane, with open study options available for some programmes.  A range of study options are available in the following subject areas:

  • Art
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Computing
  • Communications and Writing
  • Culinary Arts and Patisserie
  • Hospitality
  • Interior Design
  • Music
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Operations

Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities - Te Pākaro a Ihenga

The Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities is a diverse collection of departments and people committed to providing world-class education through high quality teaching, research, and professional development.

The Faculty offers a variety of study options such as:

  • Language programmes in Te Reo Māori, English language and Mandarin
  • Informed undergraduate programmes in Nursing, Health Studies, Sports, Social Work and Human Services, and Education
  • Teacher Education including specialist qualifications in the areas of Te Reo Māori Early Childhood Teacher Education, and Māori Development
  • A range of postgraduate programmes up to Masters, professional development opportunities, research, consultancy and support services for professionals

There are four departments:

  • Department of Education, Social Sciences and Languages.  education and social science degrees provide opportunities for future teachers and social workers.
  • Department of Bicultural, Bridging and Foundation Studies.  Foundation Learning prepares students for entry, progression and success in tertiary education.
  • Department of Health Studies.  Health Studies department will equip you with the skills you need to take advantage of the projected long-term employment growth in the health sector.
  • Department of Nursing.  Now is the time to train to become a nurse as the government has identified that New Zealand is facing a long term shortage in specialist nurses.

Te Pākaro a Ihenga: Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities has a wide range of professional and vocational programmes in the following subjects:

  • Nursing
  • Health studies
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Languages
  • Māori studies and
  • Foundation learning

With a strong focus on inter-professional learning the faculty has strong relationships with the community and a developed international presence.

Academy of Sport

Waiariki Academy of Sport was launched in 2007 to provide an environment where young, talented athletes of the region can prioritise their sport whilst also gaining a tertiary qualification.  Sport science and medicine support for athletes is managed by the Academy of Sport staff.  The Academy of Sport has several key progammes:

  • Waiariki Athlete Programme - The academy is committed to supporting young talented athletes in New Zealand.
  • Waiariki Sport Community Programme (High Performance and Recreation) - The academy has set up its own sport science testing facility, the only one of its kind in the Bay of Plenty. Toi Ohomai Institue of Technology provides world-class sport science services to the BOP sport and recreation community. If you coach a club or rep team, are a recreational mountain biker, or want fitness support to your workplace, then the instiute has people and the programmes to help you achieve that extra edge no matter your performance goals.
  • Waiariki Staff and Student Programme - Kick-start or rejuvenate your fitness, exercise, or nutrition desires. Academy staff contribute to and support the programmes offered at the Waiariki Community Recreation Centre.
  • High Performance Sport NZ - Toi Ohomai Institue of Technology retains close links to Sport New Zealand's High Performance arm to provide world-class sport science support to elite athletes in the region.

Whatever your sport, athletic ability, or your sporting team's needs, Toi Ohomai Institue of Technology can tailor a support package to help you gain that extra edge.

Sport science and medicine support for athletes is managed by the Academy of Sport staff. Services to athletes include individual programme planning, testing, and prescription in areas such as exercise physiology, physical training and conditioning, and nutrition. Academy staff work with the athletes, their individual coaches, and their mentors to provide complete support through training and competition.

The academy is modelled on High Performance Sport New Zealand's (HPSNZ) system that delivers support to New Zealand's most elite athletes. The academy bridges the gap between when athletes leave secondary school and when they reach the fully supported HPSNZ system.

  • Training Squads: Bike, Kayak/Waka Ama, Golf, and General
  • Facilities: Performance centre and services, sport and recreation centre, and nine-hole golf training facility

In the what was formerly Bay of Plenty Polytechnic …

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's programme portfolio in Tauranga is delivered through four schools of study, offering short courses, certificates, diplomas, degrees and pathways in their respective subject areas.

Each school provides an enthusiastic and supportive learning environment through a range of specialised services.

School of Applied Science in Tauranga

Applied Science is the discipline of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems.  The School of Applied Science embodies this by bringing together research and teaching excellence in several fields. Innovation, commitment and providing industry and community relevant programmes are what we're all about.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has superb facilities at Tauranga's Windermere Campus including a dive training and aquatic centre, and we also make use of the region's wonderful natural environment whenever possible.

These are the Applied Science programmes and courses:

  • Animal Care
  • Environmental Management
  • Horticulture
  • Marine Studies
  • Maritime & Seafood
  • Sport & Recreation

School of Applied Technology in Tauranga

The School of Applied Technology in Tauranga provides high quality, hands-on programmes and courses designed to meet the varied and ever-changing needs of the industry.  These programmes range from pre-employment courses for entry into apprenticeships, to certificates and diplomas that help you advance your career.

You can get the skills industry needs in architectural technology, automotive, carpentry, construction, electrotechnology, engineering, law enforcement, road transport and welding.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology keeps pace with technological advances and industry to ensure you'll receive the best training and education possible in today’s fast changing world.

These are the Applied Technology programmes and courses:

  • Architecture & Surveying
  • Automotive
  • Bridging Programmes
  • Carpentry & Construction
  • Electrotechnology & Electrical
  • Engineering & Welding
  • Law Enforcement
  • Road Transport, Warehousing & Logistics

School of Business Studies in Tauranga

The School of Business is based in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD in the Bongard Centre.  Offering a wide range of certificates, diploma, graduate diploma and degree programmes, you can choose to study accounting, business analysis, business administration, finance, computing and information technology, legal studies (including immigration, conveyancing and real estate), management, marketing, travel and tourism programmes.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology also has links with other institutions allow study at certificate, diploma and degree level in Tauranga.

The business programmes and courses being offered are:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Computing & IT
  • Legal Studies
  • Real Estate

School of Design & Humanities in Tauranga

Creativity and ingenuity are the guiding principles behind the School of Design and Humanities.  Encompassing art, beauty, fashion, graphic design, music and communications, the Design division focuses on nurturing your creative talents. And, tutors are leaders within their chosen fields, and include celebrated national artists and award-winning designers.

The Humanities division of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology focuses on developing your skills for the workplace and offers further education in adult teaching, early childhood education, health care, mental health, social work and work skills for the intellectually disabled.

Created in consultation with local industry, all programmes are high-quality, relevant and needed for growth in our region.

Design & Humanities programmes and courses are as follows:

  • Art
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Bridging Programmes
  • Creative Industries
  • Communications
  • Education
  • English Language
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Hospitality
  • Music
  • Social Services
  • Tourism & Travel

Academic Programs

Healthcare and Medical Science

Nursing and Midwifery

General Fitness

Accounting and Finance

Sales and Marketing

Business and Management

Education

Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, etc.)

Computer Science and I.T.

Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Food Science

Agricultural and Environmental Studies

Social Work, Community Service

Cost of Living in New Zealand

Expenses * Range in NZD
Apartment, 1BR in City Centre 1,000 - 1,700
Apartment, 1BR outside of City Centre 800 - 1,300
Basic utilities e.g. electricity, heating water, garbage for an 85 sq.m. apartment 127.50 - 255
Internet, 10Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL 80 - 90
Transportation, Monthly Pass not Unlimited 100 - 166
Regular Milk, 1 liter 1.99 - 3.20
White Rice, 1 kg. 2.20 - 4
Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 50 g. 1 - 3.50
Eggs, 1 dozen 3.50 - 6
Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 11 - 20
Beef round, 1 kg. 12 - 20
Potato, 1 kg 2 - 5
Tomato, 1 kg. 4 - 8
Banana, 1 kg. 2 - 4
Water, 1.5 liter bottle 0.99 - 4
Coca-Cola, 1.5 liter bottle 3.29
Light lunch 5 - 15
McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent Combo Meal) 8.50 - 12
Cappuccino, regular 4 - 5
Women's hair cut 50 - 90
Men's hair cut 10 - 40
Take-out pizza, large 13
Movie ticket 17
Theater ticket 11 - 145
Pair of Levi's jeans, men's clothing 119
Woolen sweater 40 - 140
T-shirt 20 - 45
Shampoo 3.50 - 12
Toothpaste 2 - 3
Medicine, per item 5 - 15
Visit to Dentist, per visit 50 - 120

* Source of data is http://www.numbeo.com/ as of July 1, 2016

Wages & Salaries in New Zealand

The adult minimum wage: 

  • Applies to all employees aged 16 and over who are not starting-out workers or trainees, and all employees who are involved in supervising or training other employees.
  • The adult minimum wage is $15.25 an hour; which is:
    • $122.00 for an 8-hour day or
    • $610.00 for a 40-hour week or
    • $1,220.00 for a 80-hour fortnight.

The starting-out wage.  Applies to starting-out workers. Starting-out workers are:

  • 16- and 17-year-old employees who have not yet completed six months of continuous employment with their current employer OR:
  • 18- and 19-year-old employees who have been paid a specified social security benefit for six months or more, and who have not yet completed six months continuous employment with any employer since they started being paid a benefit. Once they have completed six months continuous employment with a single employer, they will no longer be a starting-out worker, and must be paid at least the adult minimum wage rate OR;
  • 16- to 19-year-old employees who are required by their employment agreement to undertake industry training for at least 40 credits a year in order to become qualified.

The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over who are doing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits a year as part of their employment agreement, in order to become qualified.

Employers and employees may agree to any wage rate as long as it is not less than the applicable minimum wage rate. Starting-out workers must be paid at least the minimum starting-out wage rate, and trainees over 20 years of age must be paid at least the training minimum wage rate.

A small number of people hold an exemption from the minimum wage.

The minimum rates that apply to starting-out workers, and employees on the training minimum wage (before tax), are:

  • $12.20 an hour; which is:
    • $97.60 for an 8-hour day or
    • $488.00 for a 40-hour week or
    • $976.00 for a 80-hour fortnight.
  • Employees have to be paid at least the minimum hourly wage rate for any extra time worked over eight hours a day or over 40 hours a week or 80 hours per fortnight.

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