Our Profile

The Bay of Plenty region reached a significant milestone in its tertiary education history on 1 May 2016 when Bay of Plenty Polytechnic merged with Waiariki Institute of Technology to become the fourth largest ITP in New Zealand. Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is home to almost 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff and offers more than 240 programmes over 68 delivery sites.

Over the coming years we will build on the successes and histories of our legacy institutions, to deliver our students and our region the educational and employment outcomes they need.

We are committed to working with our businesses, community, industries and iwi partners, to ensure our new institution meets their needs, and most importantly the needs of our students.

With more resources, increased scope, and size our students will have better access to study and a wider choice of programmes. Together we can continue to grow our region and make it the best place in the country to work, live, learn and play.

You can visit this site to read the updates, frequently asked questions, and press releases that preceeded the merger.

NOTICE: Thank you for your patience while the website for the new institution is being built. In the meantime, this website and www.waiariki.ac.nz will continue to operate as normal and remain largely unchanged so that you can continue to find all the information you need, easily.

Please don't hesitate to contact our friendly team if you need any assistance.

We believe:

  • Good teaching is centred on the student, motivates and facilitates learning, encourages discovery and problem solving, and celebrates successes
  • Good teachers 'know their stuff', continue to keep up to date and have outstanding facilitation skills
  • Good teaching is about 'transformation' – so rather than just adding to what students already know, it’s about transforming existing knowledge and creating new knowledge together

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How we differ: hands-on learning

Our classes tend to be quite small, so as a student you’ll get lots of personal attention and support.

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

 photo of students around a tutor in a carpentry workshop

Learning support

Ako Awe provides a range of services to our students, supporting all aspects of learning from study skills and academic writing to computer literacy and CV preparation.

Disability Service is here to assist with support, information and resources including reader/writer assistance, note taking services, information, specialised equipment and adaptive technology, and specialised tutoring.

The libraries at each of our main campuses provide a wide range of resource materials (books, databases, magazines, subject guides, audio tapes, CD ROMs and more). If it’s out there, we can get it for you.

Online learning

Our online learning environment Moodle is a one-stop student learning shop - an integral part of many programmes making information and materials available online.

Our programmes and courses

We have four schools of study: Applied Science, Applied Technology, Business Studies and Design & Humanities.

View all our programmes

Teaching support

The Te Poutama team supports teachers in developing excellence in teaching through provision of professional development, support for technology enabled teaching, foundation learning initiatives and resource development. The team includes eight academic advisors with expertise in specialist fields.

Teaching evaluations run every year and peer observations of teaching and dedicated professional development for each tutor is available to ensure they remain at the top of their game.

NZQA external evaluation and review

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic received a ‘Highly Confident’ rating in educational performance by NZQA in the 2014 External Evaluation and Review (EER) report. We also retained our ‘Confident’ rating for capability in self-assess.

External evaluations and reviews are used to inform investors, the public, students, prospective students, communities, employers, and other interested parties about how a tertiary organisation is performing. The reports are also used by the organisation for quality improvement purposes. In their report released in December 2014 report, NZQA said that Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has a clear focus on supporting learners to stay engaged with their programmes and successfully complete them.


For the last decade, year after year, the Polytechnic’s financial performance has been very sound. We continually aim to improve our teaching and learning environment to meet and exceed industry standards; and we strive to develop institutional and staff capabilities for the future. Read our most recent Annual Report.

Life on campus - watch the videos

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