Orientation

To welcome new and returning students to our WITT whānau we run a little something called O-Week! The fun, games and free kai are a chance to get your study journey with us off to a good start, and make sure you feel like part of the whānau.  It's also a great chance to meet other students, your friendly tutors and welcoming support staff. 

New Plymouth Campus

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Monday 26 July

On the first day, you will be welcomed to Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki (WITT) by a powhiri, you will get to explore the campus and you will get to know your tutors, support staff and classmates. We'll be waiting for you outside Te Piere (map here

9am - Trades Training, Primary and Creative Industries & NZIHT (meet at 8:45am)

10am - Nursing, Health & Wellness (excl Nursing & Health Care Assistant) & Maori Enterprise, Business and Technology (meet at 9:45am)

12:00 noon

Eat your heart out with the perfect combo - free hamburgers and ice-blocks, at lunchtime then chill out on the beanbags with the sounds of our very own DJ. If you’re up for a competition, have a go at a game of volleyball with your friends! This will be located in and outside Te Piere (F block) – the same location as the pōwhiri this morning.

Tuesday 27 July - Game on!

12:00 noon

We will have balloon pop, water balloon throwing, corn hole and more that you can team up and join in on to win for giveaways! What will it be…. The Edge will also be here blasting some fab beats with a wheel where you have the chance to WIN. Outside Te Piere, from 12pm noon to 1pm.

Wednesday 28 July - Market Day

It’s nice to know what’s on offer at WITT and within the community while you are on campus, so we are bringing lots of local businesses and companies to our market day, to offer you a range of services, discounts and giveaways. This will all be outside Te Piere (F Block) from 12 noon to 1pm. P.S. there is going to be FREE ice cream!

Thursday 29 July - Wellness Day

Your health and wellbeing is really important, especially when studying. So come and join us for a FREE yoga class, join in on the Fitness Factory activities, have a go at the smoothie bike, and enjoy some healthy snacks from us!

Wednesday 4 August - Tradies - it's your turn!

Eat your heart out with the perfect combo - free hamburgers and ice-blocks at lunchtime. But wait there’s more... we will have tug a war, the pull up overalls challenge, a tyre change challenge and more that you can team up and join in on to win for giveaways! What will it be…. The Edge will also be here blasting some fab beats with a wheel where you have the chance to WIN! 


South Taranaki Campus - Hāwera 

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Monday 26 July

12:00 noon

On the first day, you will be welcomed by a pōwhiri at TSB Hub.  Please arrive by 11:45am.  Enjoy some delicious kai after your pōwhiri, get to know your tutors, support staff and classmates.

Tuesday 27 July - Pizza time!

We have a FREE pizza lunch coming your way!

Wednesday 28 July - Lunch & coffee!

Enjoy a FREE Pita Pit lunch and a coffee or hot chocolate to go with it from our very own Study Break Café, all on us!

Thursday 29 July - Game day!

We will have ring toss, corn hole, ball toss and more that you can team up and join in on to win giveaways.

Win an iPad O-Week Competition!

How it works:

Download and log in to MyWITT on the app, or my.witt.ac.nz with your student login details. 

Terms and Conditions:

Entrant must be a current WITT student on the date of prize draw.

Employees of WITT are ineligible to enter. 

This competition will commence at 9:00NZST on Friday 23 July 2021, and all entries must be recieved by 16:00NZST on Friday 6 August 2021. Registered users must have been active on MyWITT via the app or a desktop during this time. 

Promoters decision is final. 

The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.

Winner will be notified by direct message, by 5:00pm Monday 9th August 2021. If the prize winner can not be contacted by 5pm Wednesday 11 August 2021, the prize will be redrawn. 

The winners agree to take part in reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity. 

The promoter is Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, 20 Bell Street, Welbourn, New Plymouth, 4310.


Campus Tours (New Plymouth)

Learn to navigate your way around campus, discover all the key places and step into your first day with confidence. Tours usually take around 20-30 minutes.  

August:
Monday 2nd August, 3pm
Tuesday 3rd August, 4pm
Thursday 12th August, 9am
Friday 13th August, 12noon

Meet us outside the main Reception at 20 Bell Street, five minutes prior to the tour starting.


What to bring on your first day

You don't need to bring much on the first day, just make sure you have pen and paper with you. The tutors will let you know any other special stationery requirements when you get to class on the first day. There will be some light refreshments available after the pōwhiri. 

Do you know your timetable?

Make sure you know where and when your classes are, click here to find out your class timetable, or you can use one of the timetable screens around campus - locations are in the FAQ's below. Even if there are no classes scheduled on the day of your pōwhiri we encourage you to attend as it is an important part of welcoming you into the WITT whānau.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the first week?

Students will be formally welcomed on the Monday by a pōwhiri and then go to your class where you will do a number of induction activities including a campus tour, getting a student ID card and logon, meet your classmates and start formal classes.  During the first week or so there will be O-week activities designed to welcome you to campus and provide a fun way to meet other students (and get some free stuff!).  O-week activities are for all students, no matter if it is your first time on campus or if you've been here before.

What do I need on my first day?

Most classes just need a pen and paper. We have free lunch on Monday (New Plymouth) and Tuesday (Hāwera) but otherwise also bring your lunch or money to buy some.  Water stations are located in multiple places around both campuses, so bring a water bottle to refill as well.  If you still have paperwork to return, no worries, bring it with you and show it to the team in Reception. 

How many students are at WITT?

WITT has around 4000 students in total with around 1000 on campus at any one time.

Is there a cost for parking?

No, but you will need a car park sticker (there is a one week grace period at the start of each Trimester).  Check the campus map for where to park.  Parking on campus can be busy so it pays to plan ahead, or maybe even take the bus?  WITT students get free Bus travel all over Taranaki with a Bee Card.

How long is a trimester?

15 weeks.

 I have ordered textbooks and haven't got them yet, what do I do?

Talk to your tutor or ask another student to share with you until your textbook arrives.  You won't be disadvantaged by not having course books in week 1, the library course reserve section has a copy of all student textbooks.

When and how do I get my Student ID?

ID cards are issued by library staff, to enrolled students.  Your tutor would have booked you for a session during your first week in class. ID cards can be issued to one week prior to course start, for those students who need to catch the bus.

What happens if we have appointments booked on course day?

Let your tutor know.

Who do I talk to about Studylink and when are course fees due?

Studylink will only respond to online requests, so contact them via their website.  Fees are usually due within two weeks of course start but if you are paying by Studylink then there may be a delay.

Do we get a student handbook?

An electronic version of the student handbook can be found here and is also be available on the intranet (iWITT).  

Where do we get our books and stationery from?

Student textbook lists are included in your enrolment packs. If you didn’t receive one contact your department or tutor.  For stationery most classes require only a pen and paper. Course equipment, if any, is issued to students in their first week in class.

If we have a personal problem, who can we go to?

Make a booking with our student counsellor, located at Te Puna Manaaki health and wellness centre in B Block.

Who do we ask if we get lost on campus?

Any staff member or fellow student. We are all here to help! But if you want a contact person call into the staff at the Learning Resource Centre or Te Puna Manaaki health and wellness centre.

Bus timetables?

Paper copies are available in the cafeteria or are online at the Taranaki Regional Council.

What times is WITT open?

Monday to Friday from 8am - 5pm.

When is the library open?

Mon-Thu 8am - 5:30pm

Fri 8am - 4pm.

Sat 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Where do we get timetables from and check where/when classes are?

You can access the information here for your timetable or if you are on campus there are kiosks you can located in reception, Te Kāuta cafe, ground level of A Block, Te Whare Matauranga (The Library), and Trades. 
If you have any queries contact your department or email timetable@witt.ac.nz