Our People

The people at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic are passionate, creative and supportive. Our students, staff and governance come from a range of different backgrounds and experiences, and go on to do many different things however they have one thing in common; they're the kind of people we're proud to work together with to reach their fullest potential.

Everyone on the staff from administration to council members, is dedicated to our students and to providing the best possible learning and teaching experience for everyone.

Our Students and Graduates

The Polytechnic is home to an amazing community of students and staff creating a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. You can hear our talented music students jamming, taste the delicious food served up by our hospitality students, get fit with our passionate sport and recreation students, and get the latest industry insights from our engineering team.

Students on campus

Here are some stats on our students (2013)

  • 5,967 students enrolled
  • 3,106 total EFTS ('Equivalent Full-time Students')
  • 31% Māori students
  • 4% Pacifika
  • 2% International students (that’s about 80 -100 international students)


  • Male: 54%
  • Female 46%


  • <20: 25%
  • 20-24: 22%
  • 25-30: 13%
  • 31-40: 16%
  • 41-50: 13%
  • >51: 11%

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Staff

Our staff are highly skilled and experienced professionals who are motivated, creative, innovative, curious and have a passion to help others succeed. It really is true what our annual report says. They're teachers, learners, helpers, coaches, artists, researchers, environmentalists, innovators and champions – all working together to reach our fullest potential.

Staff group photo on campus

Amongst our teaching staff we've got:

  • 3 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award winners (2009 and 2010)
  • 2 supreme award winners, a bridalwear winner, a menswear winner at Westfield Style Pasifika (2007, 2009, 2010)
  • a four time winner of the Auckland Marathon
  • a NZ High Performance Elite Beach Volleyball manager and former NZ Volleyball player

Our Staff 2013

  • 451 total staff
  • 42% of staff are male
  • 58% of staff are female
  • 58% of academic staff are female
  • 62% of allied staff are female
  • 52% of staff in senior roles are female
  • 16% of staff in senior roles are Maori females


  • 32% are Pakeha/European
  • 12% consider themselves New Zealanders
  • 12% are Māori
  • 1% are Indian
  • 2% are Other European
  • 2% fall under Other Asian & Oceania 
  • 18% are listed as other or unknown