Our Profile

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand.

We are home to over 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff and we offer more than 150 programmes ranging from certificate to post-graduate level.

Our History

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is an amalgamation of two high performing institutions – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga and Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. The institutions merged in May 2016 to better meet the education and employment needs of the region.

The Story Behind our Name

Toi Ohomai means to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning.

Our name was gifted to us by iwi. It has a story that has been woven from our whakapapa, history and the aspirations of our communities. It is a representation of institutional excellence that supports innovation, connectedness and motivates and inspires the people of the region.  

Toi is the pinnacle of achievement. It inspires the pursuit of excellence. It is also a reference to Toi-te-huatahi and Toi Kai-rākau – a common eponymous ancestor of iwi across the region. 

Ohomai is an awakening, to be alert and to create a shift in mindset. It is moving from a place of disillusionment to enlightenment and becoming transformed. It is also a reference to Ohomairangi, an eponymous ancestor of Te Arawa and Tainui.

Mai also represents the geographical markers of the region in which Toi Ohomai operates, Mai Maketū ki Tongariro, mai i ngā Kuri a Whārei ki Tihirau, tae atu ki te Kaokaoroa a Patatere - it acknowledges the Mana Whenua, the place of learning for the students and also the place and space from which students originate and come from, their iwi, their community, in the region and across the country.

Our Location

Toi Ohomai’s five main campuses are in Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatane. We teach from more than 68 delivery sites around the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato.

Our Future

Toi Ohomai is a network of purposeful connections – together we are forming constellations of excellence, knowledge, people, partnerships and innovation throughout the region, united in the exchange of knowledge. We are all here to be awakened and inspired by learning and to ensure our people, communities and region continue to prosper and flourish.

We are Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

NOTICE: Thank you for your patience while the website for the new institution is being built. In the meantime, this website - www.boppoly.ac.nz - details our study options and services in Tauranga and www.waiariki.ac.nz details our study options and services in Rotorua. 

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

tutor with students in class

How we differ: hands-on learning

Our classes here in Tauranga 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 at Tauranga

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 Windermere and Bongard 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 in Tauranga: 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

In 2015 Bay of Plenty Polytechnic received a ‘Highly Confident’ rating in educational performance by NZQA in the External Evaluation and Review (EER) report. The institution also retained its ‘Confident’ rating for capability in self-assess and was rated a Category 1 provider.

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, NZQA said that Bay of Plenty Polytechnic had a clear focus on supporting learners to stay engaged with their programmes and successfully complete them.


For the last decade, year after year, the institution'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 in Tauranga - watch the videos

Our videos give you the best idea of what it's really like here. Come with us and have a look.