Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Chair: Jenn Bestwick
Chief Executive: Kay Giles
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Christchurch City
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Waltham (Christchurch)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.2% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.8% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
8.2% Level 1–2
24.4% Level 3–4
20.7% Level 5–6
46.7% Level 7–8
0.0% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
22.3% Health
14.8% Creative Arts
14.1% Architecture and Building​
13.6% Management and Commerce
10.6% Engineering and Related Technologies
24.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) continued to perform well in both educational and financial terms. CPIT remains well placed to advance the TES priorities in 2014.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Chair Jenn Bestwick highlighted a number of CPIT’s achievements, including its success in securing a Government commitment of $18.9 million to expand its Trades Innovation Campus and the polytechnic’s launch of a $120 million Campus Master Plan to rebuild and refurbish buildings on both campuses by 2022. CPIT also continued to collaborate with industry partners to train more people for the rebuild of Christchurch and deliver other work-ready graduates and worked closely with the anchor projects of the new city, particularly the Health Precinct, to drive progress.

Chief Executive Kay Giles identified a number of additional achievements, including the launch of its Technology-Enhanced Learning Strategy, a Learning Spaces pilot, and Women in Trades initiative, with fee-free scholarships for 2014. Of further note was CPIT’s creation of the Eke Takaroa kaupapa to support the success of Māori students from 2014, while Pasifika student success was put centre stage with the Lead Your Future project. 2013 also saw CPIT become a founding member of the Global Education Skills Alliance (GESA).

CPIT’s enrolments increased by two percent (111 EFTS) compared with 2012. Delivery remained primarily at Levels 7–8 (47%), with the balance mostly at Levels 3–4 (24%) and Levels 5–6 (21%). Delivery at Levels 1–2 was down five percentage points on 2012 but went up three percentage points at Levels 3–4. The main fields of study were Health (22%), Creative Arts (15%), Architecture and Building (14%), and Management and Commerce (14%).

Participation of under-25-year-olds at CPIT was above the ITP sector average in 2013 and also rose by one percentage point on the previous year. Māori and Pasifika participation rates increased compared with 2012 and reflect a higher proportion than the regional demographics. CPIT had 141 Youth Guarantee EFTS (207 students) and 555 full-fee paying international EFTS (936 students).

EffectivenessTop

CPIT achieved above the ITP sector averages for all four of the education performance indicators (EPIs). CPIT notably maintained the highest course completion rate in the sector at 84 percent. Performance improved for both course completion and student retention (each up by one percentage point on 2012).

While performance against the EPIs for Māori and Pasifika was generally above or on par with the sector averages, both groups had decreases on their 2012 rates across all EPIs, with the exception of student retention. Performance by under-25-year-olds was above the sector average in each of the four EPIs and improved or remained on par with the previous year for all but student progression.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 CPIT had a net surplus of $10.4 million (10.7%), which exceeded the 2012 result by $6.0 million. This was partly owing to the reversal of a $2.4 million accrual relating to expected 2012 TEC funding recoveries that did not materialise. Total revenue increased by $8.0 million (8.9%), with increases in Government funding ($5.4 million) and student tuition fees ($1.2 million). Meanwhile, total expenditure decreased by $2.5 million (3.0%).

While CPIT continues to be impacted by the ongoing effects of the Canterbury earthquakes, the net impact on the 2013 result was minimal, with insurance proceeds of $6.8 million only marginally exceeding earthquake-related expenditure of $6.5 million.

Jenn Bestwick, who has served on the polytechnic council since 2005, was reappointed as Chair by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance CPIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 61% 52%
Māori 11% 23%
Pasifika 3% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  CPIT ITP sector 
All  84% 80%
Students under 25 83% 78%
Māori 75% 75%
Pasifika 70% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  CPIT ITP sector 
All 74% 73%
Students under 25 68% 66%
Māori 66% 65%
Pasifika 67% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the CPIT region, 7% identified as Māori, 2% as Pasifika and 21% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 8% 4,502 5,045 5,156
SAC Students 8% 8,725 9,854 10,185
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 7% - - 141
YG Students 8% - - 207
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 85% 83% 84%
Qualification Completion 73% 71% 75% 74%
Student Retention 64% 53% 66% 65%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 30% 48% 46%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     56%
Qualification Completion 60%     39%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $52,045 $51,525 $56,963
Domestic student fees $18,686 $20,294 $21,410
International student fees $7,292 $7,218 $7,409
Other income (including research) $6,815 $10,050 $11,263
Total revenue $84,838 $89,087 $97,045
Expenses      
Personnel $51,376 $53,065 $55,515
Total expenses $78,799 $84,441 $86,976
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $5,720 $4,324 $10,361
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $190,656 $188,641 $186,315
Total Assets $233,649 $239,633 $253,788
Equity (net assets) $215,332 $219,411 $235,689
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $11,757 $13,142 $9,409
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $5,483 $4,579 $6,534
Other      
Staffing FTE 757 776 780
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 7 : 1 8 : 1 8 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 14 : 1 15 : 1 17 : 1