With 3048 EFTs and 98 full-time programmes, Whitireia continued to excel in 2002, creating a $4.1 million surplus and receiving an A rating for financial management and performance from the Tertiary Advisory Monitoring Unit
The Whitireia Auckland campus was established in 2002 with a focus on providing academic programmes to speakers of English as a second language. The campus initially offered the New Zealand Diploma in Business and English language programmes and had 200 international students enrolled by the end of the year.
By the end of 2010, the campus had over 1200 students enrolled in a wide range of programmes of international relevance drawn from the Whitireia programme portfolio. These included the Bachelor of Applied Business Studies with five optional majors, the Bachelor in Information Technology with two optional majors, and Diplomas in Hospitality Management, Business, Information Technology and Early Childhood Education with programmes in Professional Cookery and International Tourism scheduled to start in September 2011.
Whitireia is the second largest provider of international education amongst the ITPs in New Zealand and, in additional to students based in New Zealand, has over 600 students studying with partner institutions and Universities in other countries. Students have one of the highest success rates across all ITPs, sitting above ITPs benchmarks. This success is based on the tailoring of delivery to meet the specific needs of international students with small class sizes (average of 18), embedded English language programmes, a full time study centre and pastoral care staff with multiple languages and a deep understanding of the cultures of our international students.
In 2011, the campus at 450 Queen Street increased to double its size and was fully renovated to accommodate up to 2000 students.
Whitireia Community Polytechnic is set to expand in 2002 – both upwards and outwards. Enrolments at the Porirua polytechnic increased by 70 percent in six years which has put pressure on buildings and facilities. Chief executive Deirdre Dale said the institution consulted community stakeholders, including staff, students and tangata whenua Ngāti Toa, on how it could develop its Porirua campus.
Among the proposals was one to close Wi Neera Drive, which runs between the polytechnic and Porirua Harbour at the northern end of the city centre, so the institution could build closer to the foreshore. Ms Dale said the polytechnic was not committed to that proposal but had discussed its implications, especially for traffic and public access to the foreshore, with council officers. Ms Dale said the polytechnic would only decide what proposal to proceed with once it had evaluated feedback for the community.
However, additional space in some form was needed. That could mean going up, though only several floors. The campus is on reclaimed land and is almost entirely single-storey. Ms Dale said the land’s reclaimed status ruled out tower blocks. The polytechnic was established in 1986 and had grown in an ad-hoc manner since.
A 35-strong dance troupe from the Whitireia Performing Arts group leaves shortly for dance festivals in Europe. The group will give 30 performances in just 20 days at seven festivals in Belgium and Northern France. The group is giving a farewell concert on Anzac Day, 7:30pm at Pataka, Porirua's Museum Of Arts & Cultures. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Also performing at the concerts are two of last year's graduates, Waiana Karepa and Fati Tagatam who are leaving New Zealand to take up permanent positions with the Drums of Polynesia Dance Company in Miami.