1. Safe and Welcoming Region
Taranaki is a beautiful region of the beautiful country of New Zealand. The city of New Plymouth is friendly and safe. WITT qualifications and courses reflect the region's economic strengths as well as New Zealand employment needs. New Plymouth has also won the most liveable city award for populations 20,000 - 70,000 at the 11th International Awards for Liveable Communities in 2008. Click here for a snapshot of Taranaki.
2. Government Guaranteed Institute of Technology
WITT is a high quality, Government owned and guaranteed, tertiary education institute situated in the Taranaki region of New Zealand' North Island. Our qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Class sizes are typically small so you get to enjoy good contact time with your tutors and your class mates.
3. Experienced and Qualified Staff
All our staff are experienced and dedicated in their approach to teaching. They maintain up-to-date skills for the benefit of our students. WITT offers extensive support for study and pastoral care.
4. Great Weather
New Plymouth has fresh clean air and blue skies. It has a healthy and comfortable climate, not too hot and not too cold.
Summer: December - February (15 - 25 degrees Celsius)
Winter: June - August (6 - 17 degrees Celsius)
5. Vocational Education
WITT qualifications offer the best in vocational education. Our courses have a strong applied learning component which supports the theory they learn in the class room. WITT offers qualifications from certificate, through to diploma and degree level.
6. Centrally Located
New Plymouth is located on the west coast of the North Island, about 45 minutes by plane from either Auckland or Wellington. Tourists and students come from around the world to enjoy the stunning scenery, surf beaches, art, culture, lifestyle and education opportunities that Taranaki offers.
Taranaki is recognised as New Zealand's Energy province. The Taranaki region is home to New Zealand's Oil and Gas industry with almost ninety percent of the sector's total nationwide employment based in the region.
The region boasts a thriving boat and yacht building industry and is home to many national and international engineering companies.
WITT works closely with hospitality leaders to create up to date, relevant qualifications. WITT's popular Diploma in Professional Cookery is an extremely well respected qualification and many graduates have gone on to gain employment and New Zealand residency.
9. Arts and Media
The Taranaki region hosts many working artists and is home to the world renown Govett Brewster Art Gallery. Students studying Art at WITT can specialise in media, photography or cultural design. Check out our WITT Art department website.
10. Free Bus Service
Our Tertiary Bus Service allows WITT students to travel for free on all New Plymouth urban bus services provided by Tranzit Coach Lines, including travel from Waitara and Oakura, on any day at any scheduled time (including weekends and evenings). Bus timetables are available in the WITT cafe or online at www.taranakibus.info. You will need to show your WITT ID card to access this service. There is now also a free bus from South Taranaki through the Connector Bus www.trc.govt.nz/hawera-new-plymouth-connector/ picking students up from Opunake and Hawera through to New Plymouth Central.