10 Reasons To Choose WITT

1. 2nd safest place in the world

Taranaki is a beautiful region of the beautiful country of New Zealand and the city of New Plymouth is friendly and safe. New Zealand is one of the safest and friendliest places on earth. In 2018 we were named the world’s second most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.

Click here for a snapshot of Taranaki.

2. Government owned

WITT is a high quality, Government owned and guaranteed, tertiary education institute. Our qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Class sizes are typically small so you’ll enjoy plenty of contact time with your tutors and your classmates.

3. Internships and industry relationships

WITT qualifications and courses reflect the region's economic strengths as well as New Zealand employment needs. We work closely with industry partners to ensure that what we’re teaching is what they’re looking for when you graduate. The qualifications available are recognised nationally, and in some cases internationally. Many WITT programmes offer internships with employers, a great way to get your foot in the door!

4. Industry experienced teaching staff

WITT employs more than 150 industry experienced tutors. Strong links to the community and Taranaki industry pave the way for greater job opportunities for students. 

5. Dedicated international support

The International Students' Centre staff are here to help students with general advice, accommodation, course applications, enrolments, fee payments, visa assistance and medical insurance. They also arrange cultural events during the year.

6. Cost of living

The cost of living and accommodation in Taranaki is considerably cheaper than in bigger cities such as Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

7. Growing international community

WITT's international student community is growing, with over 300 international students enrolled in 2020 from many corners of the world, including India, South America, China, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Our students have achieved a programme completion rate of over 92%.

8. Great facilities

Facilities at the New Plymouth campus include a student run café, modern commercial kitchen, library, student run hairdressing and beauty salon, student support services, health and wellness centre, updated computer suites, and learning resource centre. 

9. NZQA Category 2 provider

For more details see the NZQA External Evaluation and Review Report

10. Central location, great weather

New Plymouth is located on the west coast of the North Island, a 45 minute flight 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.

Getting around is easy – the central city is compact and easy to walk or cycle around. All WITT students are eligible to travel for free on New Plymouth bus services.

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 to February (15 - 25 degrees celsius)

Winter: June to August (6 - 17 degrees celsius)