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. 

O-week 15 - 18 March 2022

Details will be released in January


New Plymouth Campus

Download your welcome pack


South Taranaki Campus - Hāwera 

Download your welcome pack


 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. 

November
Wednesday 3 November at 9:00am
Friday 5 November at 12:00pm (noon)
Tuesday 9 November at 4:00pm
Wednesday 17 November at 10:00am

December 
TBC

January
TBC

February
TBC

March
TBC

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 do 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 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 I find my timetable so I can 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