Mission and Role

The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki, is a government-funded tertiary institute providing education to people within the region and from around the world.

As the local hub of learning in this region, WITT is here to serve Taranaki. Our role is to cater to the needs of our learners, to play our part in addressing national skills shortages, to keep talented people in the region, and to provide our key industries and local businesses the skilled workforce that they need. 

We are guided by WITT's Strategy, Te Korowai Mātauranga o Taranaki, and our 'why': 

We connect people to their future

From degrees and diplomas to certificates and short courses, WITT delivers industry-relevant training to people at all stages of the learning journey. Through provision of education, we respond to the needs of industry and align with the regional development priorities outlined in the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap and Tapuae Roa.

WITT at a glance (2019)

Students enrolled










18 years and under




19-24 years old




25+ years






WITT programmes include foundation levels 1 to 3 through to Bachelor’s Degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Post Graduate qualifications at Level 9. We deliver through four academic schools, which were introduced in 2019, and align with the needs of the region and skills shortages across the country: School of Māori Enterprise, Business and Information Technology; School of Nursing, Health and Wellness; School of Trade Training, Primary and Creative Industries, and School of Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure - which includes WITT’s wholly owned subsidiary company, New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology (NZIHT).

In the midst of vocational education sector reforms, we are operating in a changing environment. WITT is one of 16 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics (ITPs) in Aotearoa New Zealand, and became a subsidiary of a national institute - the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology - on 1 April 2020. We strive to manage change in a way that is positive for our people, our students and our community and we are committed to remaining relevant and adaptable.

A focus on collaboration with industry, schools, and local iwi keeps us relevant and connected to the needs of our community. Building new partnerships, nurturing existing relationships and strengthening our links with the region are all priorities as we move into a changing future.