Wed 20 Mar 2019

TEC visits

The Review of Vocational Education (RoVE) was on agenda in New Plymouth today as Tertiary Education Commission representatives visited Taranaki.

Chief Executive Tim Fowler went straight from a powhiri at Te Piere, on the WITT campus, to a meeting with the WITT council chaired by Robin Brockie.

He also had a meeting scheduled at the New Plymouth District Council. Local body politicians across Taranaki have taken a keen interest in vocational education and teamed up to express their support for WITT in a letter to education minister Chris Hipkins last December.

Further sessions today were also planned to enable staff, stakeholders and students to ask the TEC questions.

Speaking at this morning's powhiri, WITT CE John Snook said it was an important day for WITT.

He was pleased the TEC chief had come to New Plymouth to share reports and objectives and WITT wanted to assist. He said staff at WITT had dedicated their lives to tertiary education and were committed to getting it right for the community they represented.

WITT has come out firmly in support of the proposals from Minister Hipkins to restructure the country's 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and create a single polytechnic.