Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
If you can walk, run, swim, climb or any combination of that, then enrolling at the Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology is for you.
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.
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!
Other reasons for choosing Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology for your postgraduate studies abroad are:
There are so many programs available for students, and these include studies in:
The Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology differs as it places emphasis on hands-on learning. Consider the following:
Learning is "by doing" - 75% of students undertake work placements in industry. They also:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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):
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
|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.
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:
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.
Toi-Ohomai has several campuses from the merger of Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. These are:
Rotorua (Mokoia Campus)
The Mokoia Campus was the main campus of Waiariki Institute of Technology. It is located in Rotorua. Rotorua 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 is a fantastic place to live, study and play. This unique part of New Zealand 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 is a timber town, located in the South Waikato District. Tokoroa lies in the 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, the Pacific jewel of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, has a river mouth boat harbour, spacious ocean beaches and fertile countryside. The Whakatane campus 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.
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 main 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 is home to the Business Administration, Business Management, Computing 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 functioning 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.
In what was formerly Waiariki Institute of Technology ...
There are four faculties in what was formerly known as Waiariki Institute of Technology.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
There are four departments:
Te Pākaro a Ihenga: Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities has a wide range of professional and vocational programmes in the following subjects:
With a strong focus on inter-professional learning the faculty has strong relationships with the community and a developed international presence.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
Healthcare and Medical Science
Computer Science and I.T.
Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Food Science
The starting-out wage. Applies to starting-out workers. Starting-out workers are:
The Starting-out minimum wage is NZ$12.60 per hour which is:
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:
The information above was taken from https://www.employment.govt.nz/, last accessed on November 4, 2017
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