Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Chair: Hon Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Don Campbell
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Porirua
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Wellington, Kapiti, Auckland
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.4% Teaching and Learning
Capability
0.6% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
15.0% Level 1–2
29.9% Level 3–4
10.1% Level 5–6
45.0% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
27.3% Health
16.8% Creative Arts
11.7% Management and Commerce
9.9% Mixed Field Programmes
8.8% Society and Culture
25.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia) continued its strong educational performance in 2013 and remained in a sound financial position, though not as strong as in the previous year.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Council Chair Hon Roger Sowry highlighted a number of Whitireia’s achievements, including the opening of Wikitoria Katene, a $17 million fully self-financed state-of-the-art health education facility and the establishment of Te Komiti Poutokomanawa, a Ngāti Toa advisory group to strengthen strategic dialogue in the Wellington region with local iwi. He also cited Whitireia’s advancement of nine key projects in partnership with Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), including branding, campus developments, domestic and international marketing and Centres of Research Excellence. Of particular note was the savings on procurement of close to $1.0 million realised through W², the Whitireia-WelTec shared services unit.

Chief Executive Don Campbell recognised a number of additional achievements, including the launch of a postgraduate diploma and certificate in information technology and the introduction of Pasifika Trades scholarships for students studying carpentry, electrical, horticulture, landscaping, civil engineering and plumbing programmes, with strong support from the Pacific Churches Ministers’ Group. Whitireia also celebrated selection as an industry partner by Immigration New Zealand to streamline visa processing, and its establishment of new partner institutions in Sri Lanka, the Philippines and South Korea, with students recruited from these countries for Whitireia programmes in 2014.

Between 2012 and 2013 Whitireia’s enrolments decreased by seven percent (190 EFTS). The majority of Whitireia’s delivery was at Levels 7–8 (45%), Levels 3–4 (30%) and Levels 1–2 (15%), with provision concentrated in Health (27%), Creative Arts (17%), and Management and Commerce (12%).

Participation rates for under-25-year-olds and Māori each increased by one percentage point compared with 2012. Pasifika students accounted for 20 percent of Whitireia’s enrolments, almost double the sector average. Whitireia had 190 Youth Guarantee EFTS (223 students) and 1,151 full-fee paying international EFTS (1,698 students).

EffectivenessTop

Whitireia was above the ITP sector average for three of the four educational performance indicators (EPIs) and achieved the highest equal course completion rate at 84 percent. With the exception of student progression, each EPI at Whitireia increased compared with the previous year.

Performance by the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was above the ITP sector averages in all but student progression for Māori and Pasifika. Compared with 2012, achievement by Māori and under-25-year-olds improved against each EPI, with course completion rates of 81 percent and 79 percent respectively and qualification completion rates 79 percent and 74 percent respectively. Pasifika rates increased for course completion (79%) and student retention (73%).

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 Whitireia had a net deficit of $1.7 million (-2.8%), compared with a break-even result in 2012. This was owing to non-operating expenditure of $1.6 million increasing the underlying net deficit.

Whitireia has significant investments in subsidiary and associated entities, including a 50 percent share of the Computer Power Plus joint venture, which generated income of $4.9 million and contributed income of $0.2 million to Whitireia’s operating result.

The terms of two long-serving council appointees, Suzanne Snively ONZM and Dennis Sharman, expired in 2013. In light of the planned reduction of the WelTec-Whitireia combined council to eight members on 1 January 2014, a new Ministerial appointment was made (Dr Deborah Hume).

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance Whitireia ITP sector 
Students under 25 50% 52%
Māori 21% 23%
Pasifika 20% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All  84% 80%
Students under 25 81% 78%
Māori 79% 75%
Pasifika 79% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All 82% 73%
Students under 25 79% 66%
Māori 74% 65%
Pasifika 70% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Whitireia region, 11% identified as Māori, 7% as Pasifika and 22% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 4% 2,725 2,891 2,701
SAC Students 3% 4,230 4,187 3,875
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 10% - - 190
YG Students 8% - - 223
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 80% 83% 84%
Qualification Completion 73% 68% 78% 82%
Student Retention 64% 64% 70% 75%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 35% 36% 35%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     68%
Qualification Completion 60%     65%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $26,458 $29,514 $29,677
Domestic student fees $11,989 $13,960 $12,437
International student fees $14,910 $14,171 $14,331
Other income (including research) $5,139 $5,126 $4,465
Total revenue $58,496 $62,771 $60,910
Expenses      
Personnel $30,460 $32,848 $32,286
Total expenses $55,916 $61,523 $61,237
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $2,580 $18 -$1,688
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $62,674 $73,373 $73,635
Total Assets $85,211 $87,386 $84,615
Equity (net assets) $63,513 $63,116 $61,035
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $5,129 $4,216 $4,018
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $9,840 $14,945 $5,260
Other      
Staffing FTE 446 473 449
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 10 : 1 11 : 1 11 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 17 : 1 20 : 1 20 : 1