Orientation

To welcome new and returning students to our WITT whānau we run a little something called o-week! Orientation gives you an opportunity to get your study journey with us sorted and off to a good start. It's also a great way to meet other students, your friendly tutors and welcoming support staff - all before you begin your this journey with us. 

Download the O-Week itinerary for New Plymouth right here

Download the O-week itinerary for South Taranaki - Hāwera right here

Download your welcome pack right here


New Plymouth Campus

Tuesday 9 March

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.

12:00pm noon

Eat your heart out with some free hamburgers 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.

Wednesday 10 March - Are you ready?

We will have balloon pop, water balloon throwing and many more games that you can team up and join in on to win for giveaways! What will it be…. Once you’ve had your fun enjoy some free pizza.

Thursday 11 March - Market Day

It’s nice to know what’s on offer at WITT and within the community while your 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 located in the Cafeteria in B block and outside Te Piere (F Block) from 12 noon to 1pm.

Friday 12 March - Edge fun day!

Let’s finish your first week off with a bang by bringing in The Edge! Enjoy a bag of popcorn and some fab beats while chilling on the beanbags. Spin the wheel and win a petrol, iTunes, Warehouse or Spotify voucher. Or have some fun competing with others at giant jenga or connect four.

South Taranaki Campus - Hāwera

Tuesday 9 March 

1:30pm

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 at our South Taranaki campus in Hāwera. 

2:30pm 

Enjoy some delicious kai.

Wednesday 10 March - Edge fun day!

Let’s start your o-week off with a bang by bringing in The Edge! Enjoy a bag of popcorn while listening to some fab beats. Or have some fun competing with others at giant jenga or connect four. Prizes are also up for grabs! Spin the wheel and win a petrol, iTunes, Warehouse or Spotify voucher.  

Thursday 11 March - Are you ready?

Enjoy some fun with games that you can team up and join in on to win for giveaways. Once you've had your fun enjoy some free icecream!


To be into win the $500!

Head to iWITT, find the post that will be posted during O-week, comment your name and just like that you are into win $500. It's that easy!!


Get Study Ready 

Get Study Ready is a programme designed to help introduce you to tertiary study and support services at WITT. The programme is available to all new students to help prepare you for Orientation and studies. 

If you're interested in coming along, please register here 

When:
Monday 1st March from 9:15am - 2:45pm

Where:
Te Piere o te Rangi


Campus Tours

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

MARCH
Tue 2nd - 2:15pm
Wed 3rd - 12pm noon
Thurs 4th - 4pm
Tuesday 16th - 4pm
Wednesday 17th - 2pm

APRIL
TBC

MAY
TBC

JUNE
TBC

Where:
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 stationery requirements when you get to class on the first day. There will be some light refreshments available after the pōwhiri and Te Kāuta cafe will be open all day if you want to purchase any food. 

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 Tuesday it is still important that you come to Orientation if you are a new student.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the first week?

Students will be formally welcomed on the Monday by a powhiri 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.

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.

How long is a trimester?

15 weeks.

What do I need on my first day?

Pen and paper. We have free food 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.

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.

How do I get an ID?

ID cards are issued by library staff, to enrolled students.

When do we get our ID?

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.

Am I going to be disadvantaged not having course books week one?

No. The library course reserve section has a copy of all student textbooks.

What happens if we have appointments booked on course day?

Inform your tutor.

Who do I talk to about Studylink?

Studylink will only respond to online requests, so contact them via their website.

When are course fees due?

Usually, 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 will also be available on the intranet (iWITT).

Where do we get our books from?

Student textbook lists are included in your enrolment packs. If you didn’t receive one contact your department or tutor.

What about stationery lists?

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 does WITT open?

8am.

What times does the library open?

8am.

How long is the library open?

Mon-Thu 8am - 5:30pm.
Fri 8am - 4pm.
Sat 9.30am - 12.30pm.

When will I know which classroom I am in?

Check your class timetable, available online.

Where do we get timetables from?

You can access the information here for your timetable.
If you have any queries contact your department or email timetable@witt.ac.nz

What are the hours of my course?

Check your class timetable, available online, or in many locations around campus like; reception, Te Kāuta cafe, ground level of A Block, Te Whare Matauranga (The Library), Trades.