Mission and Role


The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki, or “WITT”, is the largest tertiary provider of education outcomes in Taranaki.  As a regional provider, we offer a unique service to our customers who include students, employers and industry.


WITT’s Purpose is to ensure excellent tertiary education outcomes and valued outcomes for students, employers and the Taranaki region.  Our Vision is to ensure the success of every student

The context for tertiary education has changed dramatically over the last few years, leading WITT to assess, reassess and also change direction to ensure that our Purpose and our Vision remain appropriate for our size and context – with some room also to dream of a better world. 

WITT’s role is to provide quality tertiary education outcomes that are measured at not less than the median for the sector; valued outcomes for students that can be measured by student, graduate and employer feedback; and align our programmes to meet the skills shortages of the region based on engagement with employers.  We will strengthen our secondary tertiary pathways to both provide compelling choices for the region’s secondary school young people, and stress-free transitions through levels of learning with a line of sight to employment.  We will continue to address the widening gap in achievement between Māori and non-Māori learners. 

We will continue to improve our business processes to remain sustainable, and make progress in plans to diversify revenue streams. We expect to continue our positive transformational change and build confidence in our operation and impact with our stakeholders who include students, employers, the Taranaki community, Iwi and Government. Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu. Though we are small, we are of greenstone. 

WITT at a glance (2016)

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18 years and under




19-24 years old




25+ years






WITT offers courses which cater to people at all stages of their lives. In 2016, 28% of students were above 40, while 38% were below 25.

Courses at WITT include foundation level 1-3 courses, through to bachelor and graduate diploma programmes at level 7.  Our mix of provision has been further developed for 2018 to provide compelling programmes that meet learner needs for progression and preparation for employment, in nine programme areas.  These are: Engineering, Construction and Engineering Trades, Health and Wellbeing; Business, Computing and Design Technologies; Hospitality; Hair and Beauty; Foundation Learning and Pathways; Māori Development; Primary Industries; and Highways and Engineering Technologies through its wholly owned subsidiary company New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology (NZIHT).

NZIHT operates a block course model in most cities or larger towns throughout New Zealand and also has offshore delivery.  It responds to requests from industry, and develops its teaching materials in partnership with industry and employers, thereby directly addressing skills needs.  As well, NZIHT offers more than 200 short courses that are relevant and required by industry, up-skilling those already in employment, and providing a non–Government funded revenue stream to the company, ensuring the profitability of the entity. 

Within the network of provision, WITT is an Institute of Technology or Polytechnic (ITP), one of 16 in New Zealand.  It works collaboratively with a number of Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO)s to ensure it can continue not only operate cost-effectively, but provide a range of opportunities in the region for its learners. These collaborations include blended programme delivery and content development using Open Polytechnic’s iQualify platform; MOUs and programme development with Wintec, Toi Ohomai, Weltec, the seven-TEO consortium for Bachelor of Applied Management, and the Engineering Consortium for diploma level engineering programmes.