Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Chair: Graeme McNally
Chief Executive: Allan Sargison
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Greymouth
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Reefton, Hamilton, Westport, Auckland, Christchurch, Invercargill, Wanaka
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
8.9% Level 1–2
72.7% Level 3–4
18.4% Level 5–6
Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
24.2% Architecture and Building
20.6% Creative Arts
16.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
16.9% Health
8.1% Management and Commerce
13.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 Tai Poutini Polytechnic (Tai Poutini) reported strong performance for TES priority groups and remained above the ITP sector average for course completion, but was below on other educational indicators. Financially, Tai Poutini remained in a sound position.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Chair Graeme McNally recognised a number of Tai Poutini’s achievements, which saw the polytechnic expand tertiary education and training opportunities to contribute positively to the West Coast economy and commit to an engineering workshop in Westport.

Tai Poutini also strengthened its responsiveness to initial and continuing training needs of allied trades, including courses that recovered full costs. Of further note was Tai Poutini’s implementation of a strategy to increase international activity and its substantial progress in ensuring performance is consistent with tribal benchmarks for ITPs. The Chair also reported that the diversity and location of provision creates unique educational and financial challenges.

Chief Executive Allan Sargison highlighted a number of additional achievements for Tai Poutini, including its success in achieving a projected increase in Priority and Pasifika Trades (510 EFTS for Priority Trades, of which 49 EFTS were for the mining industry), as well as growth in Trades Academy delivery from 89 to 168 students, and a 12 percent increase in Level 3 delivery. He also reported a lower than anticipated intake to support the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild was a factor in poor performance by Tai Poutini’s Industry Training faculty.

Enrolments decreased by two percent (46 EFTS) on 2012 and were focused on Levels 1–2. Nearly three-quarters of Tai Poutini’s delivery was at Levels 3–4 (73%), with the remainder spread across Levels 5–6 (18%) and Levels 1–2 (9%). The main fields of study were Architecture and Building (24%), Creative Arts (21%), Engineering and Related Technologies (17%), and Health (17%).

Participation for each of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) increased between 2012 and 2013 (by one, two, and three percentage points respectively). Māori and Pasifika participation remained above the ITP sector averages, while under-25-year-olds were below but consistent with demographics for the region. Tai Poutini had 40 Youth Guarantee EFTS (58 students) and 63 full-fee paying international EFTS (335 students).

EffectivenessTop

Achievement improved on the previous year for qualification completions (from 67% in 2012 to 72% in 2013) and student retention (from 43% in 2012 to 52% in 2013).

Performance by the TES priority groups was strong, with all above the ITP sector averages on every indicator except student progression. Achievement also improved for Māori on all measures compared with 2012.

Financial performanceTop

Tai Poutini had a net surplus of $0.03 million (0.1%), $0.5 million lower than the 2012 result owing to significantly increased expenditure in 2013.

Total revenue increased by $1 million (4.1%) from 2012 to 2013, while total expenditure rose by $1.5 million (6.3%) owing to increases in other expenditure of ($0.5 million) and salary and wages costs ($0.9 million). Net assets and total equity remained largely unchanged in the same period, with movement of under $0.1 million for both.

In 2013 Graeme McNally, who also serves on the Aoraki Polytechnic council, was reappointed as Chair by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Tai Poutini
Polytechnic
ITP sector 
Students under 25 46% 52%
Māori 28% 23%
Pasifika 15% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Tai Poutini
Polytechnic
ITP sector 
All  81% 80%
Students under 25 80% 78%
Māori 80% 75%
Pasifika 78% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Tai Poutini
​Polytechnic
ITP sector 
All 72% 73%
Students under 25 69% 66%
Māori 70% 65%
Pasifika 62% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Tai Poutini region, 9% identified as Māori and 17% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 1% (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 3% 1,974 2,023 1,977
SAC Students 3% 5,365 5,098 4,394
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 2% - - 40
YG Students 2% - - 58
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 79% 81% 81%
Qualification Completion 73% 57% 67% 72%
Student Retention 64% 36% 45% 52%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 17% 21% 19%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     87%
Qualification Completion 60%     73%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $17,797 $17,944 $18,661
Domestic student fees $4,097 $4,604 $4,876
International student fees $0 $85 $75
Other income (including research) $2,454 $1,734 $1,756
Total revenue $24,348 $24,367 $25,368
Expenses      
Personnel $15,300 $13,493 $14,417
Total expenses $24,394 $23,831 $25,334
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) -$46 $536 $34
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $15,425 $14,799 $14,417
Total Assets $21,586 $22,110 $22,001
Equity (net assets) $18,636 $19,166 $19,202
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $1,491 $1,764 $1,829
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $1,067 $920 $1,458
Other      
Staffing FTE 211 172 170
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 11 : 1 14 : 1 15 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 17 : 1 27 : 1 29 : 1