Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Chair: Mary Bourke
Chief Executive: Richard Handley to April 2013; Barbara George from October 2013
Main Campus Key Main Campus
New Plymouth
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
16.2% Level 1–2
48.8% Level 3–4
25.9% Level 5–6
9.2% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
23.8% Creative Arts
20.5% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.7% Society and Culture
8.8% Health
7.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
23.4% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) performed well educationally, sitting above the ITP sector average on three indicators. WITT also remained in a sound financial position, though not as strong as in 2012.

Responsiveness

In a combined report, Chair Mary Bourke and Chief Executive Barbara George highlighted a number of WITT’s achievements for 2013, including the adoption of a new strategic plan and vision for WITT to be the leading facilitator of tertiary outcomes in Taranaki. The vision is underpinned by five strategic goals: forming three matataki or flagship enterprises (Engineering, Oil and Gas; Māori Development; and Marine Development); developing critical alliances within the region and nationally, particularly with other ITPs; supporting a vibrant campus; championing state-of-the-art learning; and promoting pathways to employment or higher education.

WITT saw significant growth in its Engineering, Oil and Gas matataki in 2013, with several new courses taught in partnership with industry. A significant achievement was the successful Nursing Council audit of its new bicultural Bachelor of Nursing and the high number of graduates obtaining employment with the Taranaki District Health Board.

WITT’s enrolments decreased by 11 percent (183 EFTS) on 2012 numbers. This decline was spread relatively evenly across enrolments. Enrolments were mainly concentrated at Levels 3–4 (49%), Levels 5–6 (26%) and Levels 1–2 (16%). The main fields of study were Creative Arts (24%), Engineering and Related Technologies (20%), and Society and Culture (16%).

Māori participation remained well above the ITP sector average and in line with the previous year. Participation rates of Pasifika and under-25-year-olds remained consistent with regional demography. WITT had 57 Youth Guarantee EFTS (75 students) and 64 full-fee paying international EFTS (144 students).

EffectivenessTop

WITT achieved above the ITP sector average for three of the four educational performance indicators (EPIs). Performance for course completion, qualification completion and student retention all improved compared with the previous year, while student progression slipped one percentage point.

Performance for the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was above the ITP sector average for Māori and Pasifika across all four EPIs, while under-25-year-olds achieved higher than sector averages in qualification completion and student retention. Compared with 2012, each of the three priority groups generally improved in course completion, qualification completion and student retention.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 WITT had a net deficit after unusual items of $0.6 million, compared to $1.3 million in 2012. This was owing in part to an income tax expense of $1.4 million in relation to WITT's subsidiary (the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology). If this item is disregarded the underlying 2013 operating result before unusual items was a surplus of $0.7 million. This decline, of $0.6 million compared to 2012, was chiefly owing to revenue reductions.

From 2012 to 2013 WITT’s total revenue decreased by $0.5 million (2.3%), while total expenditure increased slightly (by less than $0.1 million). Total assets increased by $1.4 million, primarily owing to increases in the balance of cash and cash equivalent assets.

WITT’s application for the transfer of its New Plymouth campus into its own title remained under consideration throughout 2013, awaiting the outcome of Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance WITT ITP sector 
Students under 25 47% 52%
Māori 44% 23%
Pasifika 4% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  WITT ITP sector 
All  81% 80%
Students under 25 75% 78%
Māori 84% 75%
Pasifika 78% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  WITT ITP sector 
All 79% 73%
Students under 25 70% 66%
Māori 79% 65%
Pasifika 72% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the WITT region, 16% identified as Māori and 19% 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 2% 1,685 1,786 1,603
SAC Students 2% 2,721 2,919 2,759
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 3% - - 57
YG Students 3% - - 75
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 76% 79% 81%
Qualification Completion 73% 70% 72% 79%
Student Retention 64% 75% 72% 77%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 13% 37% 36%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     68%
Qualification Completion 60%     62%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $15,444 $16,046 $14,557
Domestic student fees $4,938 $5,278 $6,217
International student fees $1,200 $1,051 $701
Other income (including research) $1,973 $1,945 $2,297
Total revenue $23,555 $24,320 $23,772
Expenses      
Personnel $12,015 $12,691 $13,203
Total expenses $22,263 $22,988 $23,071
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,292 $1,332 -$660
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $24,798 $26,878 $27,288
Total Assets $32,620 $35,132 $36,504
Equity (net assets) $25,994 $29,055 $28,396
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $2,622 $2,761 $3,248
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $2,685 $1,974 $2,266
Other      
Staffing FTE 155 159 170
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 13 : 1 13 : 1 11 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 23 : 1 23 : 1 21 : 1