If financing your study is a challenge, and you need a helping hand for study at Whitireia or WelTec in 2023, keep an eye out for the launch of our Whitireia Foundation Scholarships 2023.
Scholarships launch in October
We’re here for you!
If you have enthusiasm and commitment for your chosen course of study, we’d love to help you succeed. Check out the Application Form and read the Application Guide on this website. We’ll be uploading a new form for 2023 in October. In the meantime, take a look at this year’s and get ready!
Thanks, as always, to our amazing sponsors – they’re local businesses, families and individuals who demonstrate unwavering generosity and faith in our ākonga (learners).
Becoming Te Pūkenga
From the first day of September (Mahuru) in 2022, Whitireia and WelTec join together and form part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.
Te Pūkenga brings together the existing Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) as one organisation. The aim is to develop capabilities that underpin work-based, campus-based, and online learning, as a successful, unified system. A comprehensive network of studying opportunities for ākonga (learners) and increased collaboration between programmes are key objectives. Career focused learning, reflecting and meeting the needs of learners, businesses and communities, and evolving to meet new and rapidly changing demands like Covid-19, are three capability building workstreams that the new entity is entrusted to deliver on. Read more in our September Newsletter.
Whitireia and Weltec
Since 2012, Whitireia and Weltec have been allied in a strategic partnership, with both now part of Te Pūkenga, alongside all other institutes of technologies and polytechnics in Aotearoa New Zealand.
One crisp dawn in 1985, in a groundbreaking ceremony, the role was given to Whitireia (or Parumoana as it was for a brief time) to provide Porirua and its surrounding communities with life changing tertiary education opportunities, where prior to this historic moment, there were none.
Whitireia is a name our people brought from Hawaiiki with them. They believe it came from the ngā atua, from the gods. That name is very deep in the Māori world. There are two names in Māoridom that we say are from the gods, and Whitireia is one of them – Ihakara Arthur, Ngāti Toa kaumātua
WelTec began life as the Petone Technical School in 1904, teaching classes in the evenings from rented accommodation, and as such, is one of the oldest tertiary education entities in New Zealand. Until 2001, when it became the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), it was known under various titles, including, Petone Technical College, Hutt Valley Memorial Technical College, Petone Technical Institute and Hutt Valley Polytechnic. WelTec came into being with the combining of the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) – based in Heretaunga, and once part of the original institute in Petone – with Hutt Valley Polytechnic.
Tohu – Kaitiakitanga and Ākonga
Two Tohu, Kaitiakitanga and Ākonga, have been crafted by Māori visual artist Manukorihi Winiata (Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) for Whitireia and WelTec.
Watch this video to hear from Manukorihi Winiata on the elements and concepts intrinsic to the crafting of the two Tohu (kaitiakitanga – guardianship and ākonga – learners) for Whitireia and WelTec.