Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

NorthTec

Chair: Vern Dark
Chief Executive: Paul Binney
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Whangarei
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Rawene, Kaitaia, Kaikohe (Far North)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.6% Teaching and Learning
Capability
0.4% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
20.1% Level 1–2
50.3% Level 3–4
13.8% Level 5–6
15.8% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
21.6%Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
14.4% Society and Culture
13.9% Health
12.6% Architecture and Building
8.5% Creative Arts
29.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 NorthTec generally improved its educational performance compared with the previous year, with room for improvement in qualification completions and in further advancing TES priority group (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) performance. NorthTec remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Chair Vern Dark highlighted a number of NorthTec’s achievements, including maintaining existing levels and improved levels of academic performance and its enhanced relationships with stakeholders and partners, particularly Māori. He further cited the introduction of Lean Thinking at NorthTec to improve internal efficiencies, with the initial focus on its enquiry and enrolment function, resulting in improved responsiveness. Of note also was the decision to develop NorthTec’s Raumanga campus as the tertiary hub for the North.

Chief Executive Paul Binney recognised a number of additional achievements, including an increased focus on improving the learning experience for students and NorthTec’s greater cooperation with Te Taitokerau Trades Academy and school-tertiary academies. He also cited the adoption of a more robust international recruitment framework and the development of a central Auckland campus focused on international students.

NorthTec’s enrolments went down by two percent (58 EFTS), compared with 2012. The majority of the decrease was at Levels 3–4 (133 EFTS), down one percentage point on 2012 volumes but still accounting for half of all enrolments in 2013. The rest of NorthTec’s delivery was spread across Levels 1–2 (20%), Levels 7–8 (16%) and Levels 5–6 (14%). The main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (22%), Health (14%), and Society and Culture (14%).

Māori participation increased for the fifth consecutive year, accounting for 57 percent of all enrolments (up from 40% in 2009). Participation rates for Pasifika and under-25-year-olds each increased by one percentage point on 2012 levels and remained in line with the region’s demography. NorthTec had 160 Youth Guarantee EFTS (198 students) and 60 full-fee paying international EFTS (129 students).

EffectivenessTop

Compared with 2012 NorthTec improved on each of the educational performance indicators (EPIs), excluding qualification completion, which slipped fractionally.

Achievement of the TES priority groups showed rates for under-25-year-olds remained at similar levels to 2012, with the exception of student retention, which rose by seven percentage points. Pasifika achieved a strong increase for course completion (from 68% in 2012 to 76% in 2013) but fell against student retention and qualification completion (six percentage points to 46%).

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 NorthTec had a net surplus of $0.6 million, $0.7 million (50%) lower than in 2012. This was primarily owing to falling revenue failing to be offset by cost savings. Between 2012 and 2013 NorthTec’s total revenue decreased by $1.2 million (3.1%), while total expenditure decreased by $0.5 million (1.3%).

Net assets increased by $1.2 million between 2012 and 2013, largely driven by the revaluation of land and buildings, which increased by $0.6 million. The development of the Auckland International Campus also increased the value of work in progress by $0.2 million.

In 2008 NorthTec received an $8.5 million suspensory loan from the Crown, which was repayable if NorthTec failed to meet specified equity conversion conditions. NorthTec converted the final tranche of the loan ($1.9 million) to equity during 2013. NorthTec’s application for the transfer of the Crown-titled land and/or buildings at its Raumanga, Kaitaia and Rawene sites and the disposal, with the retention of the net proceeds, of its Dargaville campus, remained under consideration pending progress with Treaty of Waitangi Settlement negotiations.

Vern Dark was reappointed by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment as Chair for a further two-year term.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance NorthTec ITP sector 
Students under 25 39% 52%
Māori 57% 23%
Pasifika 4% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All  80% 80%
Students under 25 75% 78%
Māori 76% 75%
Pasifika 76% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All 62% 73%
Students under 25 54% 66%
Māori 58% 65%
Pasifika 46% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the NorthTec region, 29% identified as Māori, 2% as Pasifika and 18% 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 4% 2,757 2,814 2,756
SAC Students 3% 4,997 4,517 4,348
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 8% - - 160
YG Students 8% - - 198
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 79% 79% 80%
Qualification Completion 73% 64% 64% 62%
Student Retention 64% 53% 64% 68%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 27% 32% 34%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     57%
Qualification Completion 60%     48%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $27,372 $27,500 $26,768
Domestic student fees $6,481 $6,494 $6,573
International student fees $852 $1,493 $1,081
Other income (including research) $1,296 $1,599 $1,497
Total revenue $36,001 $37,086 $35,919
Expenses      
Personnel $20,209 $21,733 $22,428
Total expenses $34,921 $35,796 $35,319
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,080 $1,290 $600
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $38,587 $38,980 $39,694
Total Assets $48,894 $49,558 $50,743
Equity (net assets) $44,848 $46,138 $47,385
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $3,953 $3,351 $2,601
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $3,378 $2,769 $2,097
Other      
Staffing FTE 326 347 365
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 10 : 1 10 : 1 10 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 17 : 1 17 : 1 17 : 1