Orientation

Orientation is our welcome to new and returning students. It gives you an opportunity to get your study year sorted and off to a good start. It's also a great way to meet other students, your tutors and support staff - all before you begin your journey with WITT.

MONDAY 22 JULY - New Plymouth

On the first day, you will get to explore the campus and get to know your tutors, support staff and classmates.

08:45am Assemble outside F Block
09:00am Pōwhiri, F Block.
10:00am Head to your first class
12:00pm Lunchtime activities, giveaways and food.
01:00pm As per your class timetable.

WEDNESDAY 24 JULY - Market Day, New Plymouth

The market day is a great opportunity to get familiar with useful businesses and services from our community including student discounts.

12:00pm Information stalls
1:00pm As per your class timetable.

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.  

When:

Thursday 25th July at 4pm
Friday 26th July at 12.15pm
Wednesday 31 July at 12.15pm 

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, you have pen and paper with you. The tutors will be able to 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. If there are no classes scheduled on Mondays it is important that you still 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 one semester?
17 weeks

What do I need on my first day?
Pen, paper.  We have free food on Monday (New Plymouth) and Tuesday (Hawera) 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 at www.studylink.co.nz

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 will 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 www.taranakibus.info.

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.