Wellington Mayor Justin Lester turns on the lights at Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity assisted by Anna Wallace third year circus student at Whitireia.

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Lights on at Te Auaha!

News in Brief

Our new creative campus Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity is nearing completion and will open to the public in February 2018.  

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester was invited to turn on the giant A, representing a Waharoa meaning The Gateway, outside the campus and viewed a stand-out student performance in our Big Yellow Container situated on Cuba Street. The Container will be making its way round key Wellington locations in the coming months and will feature student performances and exhibits showcasing Te Auaha. Keep an eye on for news and information about our new programmes including the Bachelor of Creativity.

With creative and arts delivery part of Te Auaha we have been able to move forward with other programme and campus changes. This includes moving the Whitireia construction and engineering delivery to the Wi Neera Drive Porirua campus which will increase the visibility of our carpentry and related programmes and locate students closer to wider Whitireia services and support.

WelTec Social Services programmes will move to Porirua in 2018 to be closer to Whitireia Health programmes. This is a significant step as we realise a key strategic goal of creating a base for our Centre of Learning for Health and Social Services at the Whitireia Porirua campus. The campus has a thriving School of Health in modern facilities which will also be used by social services students. Read about this here.

Other social services and health programmes which provide a gateway to higher level vocational education and specific training such as WelTec’s funeral and embalming programmes will be delivered at WelTec’s Petone campus. Certificate level programmes will also be delivered at the Whitireia Kāpiti campus and at the Porirua campus. WelTec will continue delivery of social services programmes through its Auckland campus on Queen Street. 

Strengthening our international connections continues to be a key focus. I recently spoke at the India New Zealand Business Council annual summit in Auckland of which WelTec and Whitireia are long-standing members and this year we have come on board as a strategic partner. I was part of a panel discussion on skills and spoke on the contribution ITPs make to providing a skilled workforce through the integration of academic knowledge, applied practical skills and industry experience.

We have hosted numerous international delegations.  Ten Japanese Kosen (Colleges of Technology specialising in engineering) visited the Petone campus and were particularly interested in our IT and engineering programmes.

A leading scientific and technological university from Thailand (RMUTI) explored potential collaboration opportunities with us in areas such as creative, business, engineering and architecture.

Senior leaders from vocational tertiary education providers across China visited New Zealand for a one-week intensive Vocational Education and Leadership Training experience.  

The opportunity to profile what we do as ITPs to the world has positive spin-offs enabling our institutions to forge new key relationships enhancing the student experience, and advancing the skills and knowledge of our staff.

Kaye Jujnovich has been appointed as the joint Head of School for Creative supporting Director Victoria Spackman. Kaye's extensive leadership experience and skills will be very beneficial to Te Auaha. Read more about Kaye here. In this issue of Te Hononga we also profile Head of Business Mick Jays, Head of Health Carmel Haggerty and Head of Social Services Kendra Beri.

As we head towards the end of the academic year, there are many student exhibitions, performances and showcase events for industry to engage with us and to view student work including projects completed by students in the final year of their degree. I look forward to catching up with many of you at these events.

Chris Gosling
Chief Executive Whitireia and WelTec

New Whitireia Website Launched 

Whitireia has launched its new website. The website is modern, contemporary and speaks to who Whitireia is, its connections with its community and provides quality and meaningful content to current and prospective students. The new website sees the introduction of online enrolment for the first time. Do take the time to have a look
A project is now underway looking at a new website for WelTec.
Gina Solomon and Liz Day in the Learning Street Wikitoria Katene at the Whitireia Porirua campus with Greg Campbell and Chris Gosling

Greg Campbell Welcomed

New Council Chair Greg Campbell has spent the last few weeks visiting campuses.

A Pōwhiri was held at Tākāpuwāhia Marae as Ngāti Toa welcomed Greg.

A Mihi Whakatau at Petone by Te Atiawa was well attended by staff.

Greg is hosting a dinner this month with industry at our hospitality campus student training restaurant Bistro 52 in Wellington.

Intergen Junior Consultant Kat Raureti Addresses WelTec ICT Students

Industry Shares Experience

On 22 August, Katherine (Kat) Raureti from Intergen inspired students at the School of IT guest lecture series. Invited by Simon Park, lecturer of NZ Diploma of IT (Technical Support), Kat spoke of her decision to embark on IT as her career. She shared her experience juggling work to support her study, child care and achieving good grades. Kat's commitment to enhancing her career prospects was motivating.

Kat reminded students of the spectrum of IT jobs available, not limited to writing codes. Her advice on getting ready for the job market included gaining work experience, learning CV writing and interview skills, networking with the IT industry, and valuing individual points of difference such as diversity. Students commented that her lecture was insightful, relevant and very inspirational.

Through events like the guest lecture series, the Intergen Young Achiever Award, and the Intergen Internship Programme, our School of IT continues to strengthen connections with industry.
The Whitireia and WelTec School of Business is one of the largest and most highly regarded in the country.

Mick Jays Head of Business

Mick Jays brings a valuable set of skills and experience to his role as Head of School for Business at WelTec and Whitireia. As a trained chef Mick spent 16 years working in the hospitality industry, initially in the management of taverns, before shifting emphasis to accommodation management, then cookery, culminating in owning and operating a fifty-seat restaurant. In 1990, Mick joined the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) and then WelTec as a senior lecturer in Hospitality Management. In 2010 he moved from the Hospitality School to manage the School of Business which in 2013 joined with the School of Information Technology. He has managed the combined School through to 2017.

Mick believes a commitment to teaching inherently promotes your own learning journey and his professional development has included a Diploma in Business Studies (Management) at Massey University, and Lincoln University’s Master of Professional Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management. An active researcher, having presented and published a number of papers on industry needs in vocational education and training, and expectations and perceptions of consumers in relation to the purchase of services, Mick maintains close industry connections with companies across the region and through a number of industry partnerships and professional business networks.

Sustaining a valuable portfolio of programmes that meets the evolving needs of all stakeholders, including fostering the local community remains a key priority.  

“We operate as part of our communities and strive to enrich and give back to them through our students and staff. Being connected to the changing needs of industry and diversity of markets is also highly important. It’s a rapidly growing sector with many job opportunities for qualified people and we’re delighted with the success of our graduates in securing employment.” 

Future Engineers Problem Solve with Vex Robotics at Te Papa  

Week of Engineering

From Vex Robotics to 3D printing, CNC machining, liquefaction modelling and land contour profiling, Wellingtonians had the chance to explore it all for free at Te Papa on Saturday 5 August during the Wellington Week of Engineering Expo. The Engineering Expo was part of the nation-wide Week of Engineering supported by the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and many local and national engineering companies, including Beca and Opus.

“The Week of Engineering is a great initiative that we are pleased to support. Having the opportunity to explain to potential students what a career in engineering can offer is our main focus,” Graham Carson Head of Engineering at WelTec and Whitireia.

Kāpiti Work Ready Passport

The Whitireia Kāpiti campus hosted the launch of the Kāpiti Work Ready Passport bringing together local youth and employers, including award-winning hair salon JOMP (owned by a past Whitireia trained student), trades and construction companies such as Goodman’s, Mitre 10 and several builders and plumbers.

Work Ready Kāpiti is a not-for-profit organisation committed to helping 16-25 year-olds transition into local employment. It is a joint initiative between the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Kāpiti Coast District Council and the Youth Employment Strategy Group of which Whitireia is part of. For more information please visit  or contact Carole Jowett at the Kāpiti campus. 

Secondary School Girls Explore Digital Media and Creative Technologies 
Rotary and Hutt City Council Partner

As part of the strategy to attract more women into the fields of science, technology engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM), the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme provides young women (year 11 and year 12 students) the opportunity to observe and participate in a range of technologies. This is a partnership between Rotary and the Hutt City Council. WelTec is a sponsor and participant.

Through IYM week-long schedule of activities the girls participating met women who have forged successful careers in technology and innovation related industries. WelTec hosted the 40 students in this year’s IYM programme, involving them in technology and innovation related activities. They got to explore a virtual world using VR (virtual reality) technology, learn 2D and 3D digital skills to manufacture keyrings they designed, dismantle a computer, build an electronic circuit, experiment with compressed air and use a laser cutter.

We wish the students well and hope that the knowledge they acquired will inspire them to pursue a career in the technology and innovation sector.

Dedicated to Health Education for 20+ Years

Head of Health Carmel Haggerty

Carmel Haggerty is the Head of Health across Whitireia and WelTec. Health delivery at our institutions encompasses all aspects of nursing including primary, mental health and addictions nursing; paramedic education, exercise science and care worker qualifications for those working in rest homes and hospitals. “There are numerous entry points into health qualifications. Students can enrol in foundation programmes to prepare for study at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate qualifications and eventually progress to the Masters of Professional Practice if that is their goal.”

Carmel is ideally placed to lead health delivery for Whitireia and WelTec. Having worked in a variety of health settings since 1977, specialising in acute mental health nursing during the latter part of her clinical career. Carmel moved to education in 1996 and has worked across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and health programmes since.

A widely published academic, Carmel has researched Nursing Entry to Practice; Preceptorship; On-line Education; Faculty workloads and Mental Health Consumer outcome measures. Her most recent research work has been looking at the integration of ePortfolio’s into nursing education, along with the effectiveness of new entry to practice (NESP) programmes within the mental health sector. View the full list of Carmel’s research here.

Carmel is a registered nurse and has a Masters in Online Education from the University of Southern Queensland and an MA (Applied) in Nursing from Victoria University of Wellington. She is an active member of Te Ao Maramatanga - New Zealand College of Mental Health & Addiction Nurses, as a Fellow and Chair of its Wellington branch.

Social workers deal with some of New Zealand’s most disenfranchised children and families.  

Meet Kendra Beri Head of Social Services

Kendra Beri is the Head of Social Services for WelTec and Whitireia. 

Social Services comprises a diverse programme portfolio including Degrees and Post Graduate qualifications in Social Work, Addictions, Counselling, Youth Development and Early Childhood Education.

As the sole provider of funeral and embalming qualifications, the School has a national reputation to be proud of. Programmes in animal care offered in association with the Wellington SPCA are also part of the Social Services School. WelTec is one of the few tertiary level providers to offer programmes for students who have a long-term illness, injury or learning disability. “We are especially proud of this delivery."

"I am excited to be in the role. I want to help grow a social sector workforce that has people at its heart. The education we provide is central. It needs to be Treaty based, people and skills focused, and equip graduates for reflective and interdisciplinary practice.

The recent announcement regarding the introduction of compulsory registration for social workers saw Kendra comment in the media. "Social workers deal with some of New Zealand’s most disenfranchised children and families. The work is important and complex and it is therefore important that practitioners keep up-to-date in their competency which will be assured through the compulsory registration process.”

Kendra brings a wealth of experience from the social services sector to our institutions. Prior to joining Whitireia and WelTec, Kendra was the Policy Manager with the Ministry for Social Development and has held senior policy roles with the Human Rights Commission, Child Protection and Youth, and Justice Manager with Child Youth and Family.  Kendra has a Masters of Education and a law degree, and lectured at the University of Canterbury for a number of years. 

Automotive Technology Programmes adapting to Arrival of Electrical Vehicles

Partnership with Electric Vehicles

WelTec and Whitireia joined Hyundai, Vector, Charge Net NZ and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) at evworldNZ, 8-9 September at the Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland.

As a leading automotive educator we are proud to be the Education Partners of evworldNZ and sponsors of the EV Champions’ Awards recognising the after-sales service Champion of the Year.

Cliff McKenna from our School of Engineering joined EV brands for a panel discussion at the conference. "I'm keen to ensure the vehicle service and repair industry is prepared for the move to EV through education."

EvworldNZ is the first dedicated electric vehicles (EV) show bringing together the EV curious, EV owners and EVangelists for a unique combined industry and public showcase. 

WelTec and Whitireia are looking at possible short courses for the automotive industry and also making changes to the courses delivered to our students starting on the pre-trade and managed apprenticeship programmes. This will increase the number of trained vehicle mechanics in industry that can safely work on electric vehicles.

Female tradies join forces

Women in Trades

Women in Trades was celebrated at the School of Engineering and School of Construction at Whitireia. The Women in Trades morning tea gathered together women who are enrolled in various trades courses and staff. Sponsored giveaways were generously provided by Bunnings and Student Support Services. This was the second get-together for the year recognising women entering trades training and becoming successful employees in the construction and engineering industry.

1680 students are currently studying construction trades with WelTec and Whitireia. Of these, 4% are women. This includes students enrolled with the Wellington Trades Academy through to pre-trade students and apprenticeship-level. Another 40 women are currently studying construction management through the School of Engineering in fields like architectural technology, construction management and quantity surveying.
Neil McDonald, Head of Construction WelTec and Whitireia, “Our institutions are committed to encouraging and supporting women to study construction. There are many opportunities for women to succeed in the construction industry whether that is building houses or in one of the many trades associated with construction such as electrical, painting and decorating or plumbing. 

“We also encourage women to consider careers on large scale commercial projects on the construction side or in management roles including site managers or supervisors, quantity surveying or as engineers. Women can, and do, undertake all of these roles very successfully. Female students often go on to be promoted into senior levels in the industry. We work with a number of companies who actively promote women into apprenticeships and other senior roles.

We say to all young people consider construction as a great career path and go for it and we’ll support them in their studies.”

Peter Besseling (left) and Scott Campbell (right) with the WelTec Toque d'Or student team competing in Auckland.

Hospitality Students Impress 

WelTec Hospitality students put their culinary and restaurant service skills to the test on 30 July as they battled it out for the top title in this year’s Toque d’Or competition. Toque d’Or challenges the country’s talent in a live kitchen cook-off. Each competing team comprises three students – two culinary and one restaurant service - drawn from the country’s top training institutes. This year, 12 institutes took part in the competition. Congratulations to our Toque d’Or team who were awarded two silver medals for kitchen and restaurant service and announced as second placed team in what was an extraordinarily fierce competition.

Whitireia professional cookery students showcased their talent catering the Civic and Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards to great reviews.

The WelTec Petone campus was home to this year's Hutt Food Lab, part of Wellington on a Plate. The annual event is organised by the Hutt City Council and offered a fusion of science and cuisine. School of Hospitality staff developed an edible garden that challenged visitors to eat worms and our chefs demonstrated their creative culinary and science skills making slime, chocolate dirt and plenty of steam.


Research Symposium

The 2017 WelTec Whitireia Open Polytechnic (WWOP) Research Symposium will be held on Thursday 23 November at the Whitireia Porirua campus, with the theme of Innovating for Industry and Community. 

This is our annual showcase of research across the breadth of discipline areas that are taught at our institutions. The keynote speaker is Kylie Reiri. Kylie is a data scientist and lead analyst at the newly-formed Social Investment Agency, the government agency charged with using data-driven insights to improve outcomes across New Zealand and to answer New Zealand’s most challenging questions.

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