Fri 18 Dec 2020

Stronger together: NZIHT to amalgamate with WITT

Changes in the regulatory and economic environment have led WITT and its wholly owned subsidiary, New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology (NZIHT) Limited, to review their operations including the viability of NZIHT’s Hamilton campus.

The WITT and NZIHT Boards have decided to proceed with a short form amalgamation which will merge NZIHT with WITT and remove NZIHT from the companies register. This means business activities as the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology Limited will cease, with a transition date of 31 December 2020.

The Board’s decision has been influenced by many factors including the significant impact of Covid-19 on New Zealand’s international student market, and the effects of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) that is underway across the country. These factors also influenced the Board’s decision to move out of NZIHT/WITT’s Hamilton campus.

WITT, together with NZIHT, has been a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga since 1 April this year – a major RoVE development. Te Pūkenga has a strong philosophy about removing competition and encouraging collaboration across the network of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), which includes WITT and NZIHT.

It is widely recognised that NZIHT is unique and what it does, it does well. Largely taught by industry for those in industry, NZIHT aligns with the future of work including part-time study for the full-time workforce. The world has changed since NZIHT was established in 1992 so we’re adapting to meet New Zealand (and the world’s) changing needs, including Aotearoa’s commitment to a 2050 net zero carbon target.  WITT will work with Te Pūkenga to ensure that the great work NZIHT does is not only able to continue, but will be held up as the gold standard in New Zealand’s vocational education network.

The NZIHT brand will continue and it will strengthen. NZIHT will now expand to represent WITT’s School of Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure, becoming the brand that underpins all the future-focussed, innovative work that is happening within the School.  NZIHT, School – Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure is set to play a leading role in New Zealand’s future, as a centre for vocational excellence.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kyle Hall, Director NZIHT, School – Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure: k.hall@witt.ac.nz.

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