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Students First

13 June 2011

Kia ora koutou

WelTec and Whitireia are consulting on a proposal to create a Strategic Partnership to strengthen the
provision of vocational tertiary education in the Wellington region.  By working together the two Institutions
believe they can increase student access to a diverse range of programmes; create distinctive Centres of
Excellence that work closely with industry; provide a single strategic overview of, and stronger voice for,
vocational tertiary education; and enhance economic development in the greater Wellington region.

The proposal includes the creation of a Combined Council that has governance responsibility for WelTec and
Whitireia.  Both Councils believe that by combining they will be able to create a single strategic vision for
tertiary vocational education in Wellington which will benefit students, staff, industry and the economy.

This journey started with WelTec and Whitireia exploring options for working more closely together to benefit
students, the community and industry, and to support the economic development of the Wellington region.

Four options were explored, from working on joint projects through to full integration/merger.  After full
analysis and consideration of the benefits and impacts of each option, a Strategic Partnership was agreed
to be the preferred approach.

We welcome your feedback on this proposal, which both Councils have endorsed for consultation with
stakeholders and the wider community.


Download Documents

If you would like a hard copy of the consultation document please email StudentsFirst@whitireia.ac.nz
or StudentsFirst@weltec.ac.nz or call Whitireia on (04) 237 3103 x 3704 or WelTec on (04) 9202502.


Feedback Form


Submissions close on 31 July

The Councils will then consider all feedback received and independently make their final recommendations
to the Minister for Tertiary Education in late August.

This is an exciting opportunity to change the face of vocational tertiary education in the Wellington region,
and nationally, and we look forward to your participation.

Roger Sowry
Council Chair
Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic


Students First Project – Closing Date for Feedback

A reminder to you that 31 July, is the closing date for feedback on the Students First Strategic Partnership and Combined Council Proposal. Thank you to all those who have provided feedback already and we look forward to receiving feedback from those yet to do so.

The Consultation Document and feedback form is available electronically on our website.

You can provide your feedback electronically to studentsfirst@whitireia.ac.nz or studentsfirst@weltec.ac.nz or by filling in the hardcopy feedback form attached to the Consultation Document and sending it freepost to: Students First, CPO Box 3343, Wellington.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions that have been asked frequently during the consultation process have been posted on the intranet and this website.

Dr. Linda Sissons and Don Campbell

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