Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Aoraki Polytechnic

Chair: Janie Annear from May 2014 (Kevin Cosgrove to April 2014)
Chief Executive: Alex Cabrera
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Timaru
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Ashburton, Oamaru, Christchurch, Dunedin
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.0% Research
0.0% Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
23.8% Level 1–2
49.5% Level 3–4
26.7% Level 5–6
0.0% Level 7–8
0.0% Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
28.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
14.0% Creative Arts
13.1% Management and Commerce
11.5% Society and Culture
8.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
24.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

Aoraki Polytechnic (Aoraki) achieved solid educational performance in 2014 and had a challenging time financially with falling enrolments.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chair Janie Annear and Chief Executive Alex Cabrera highlighted several of Aoraki’s achievements for 2014, including focusing its portfolio to meet the needs of the region, the primary sector and trades, and delivering high-quality outcomes for learners and employers. Other developments of note included key strategic partnerships entered into in 2013 with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) and Lincoln University, which are starting to show tangible results in areas such as programme development, shared facilities and marketing, and initiatives to improve business efficiency and sustainability.

Ms Annear and Mr Cabrera acknowledged the continued hard work and inspiration of the staff at Aoraki throughout this period of change and organisational restructure, and the support of its council. Finally, both also acknowledged the work undertaken in 2014, and continuing in 2015, towards a possible merger with CPIT.

Aoraki’s delivery continued to drop in 2014 by 27 percent from the previous year (326 EFTS). The change was spread across all qualification levels, with the largest decrease observed in Levels 2–3 certificates (196 EFTS decrease from 2013).

In 2014, all of Aoraki’s provision was across Levels 3–4 (50%), Levels 5–6 (27%) and Levels 1–2 (24%) and focused on Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (28%), Creative Arts (14%) and Management and Commerce (13%).

Participation of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was almost unchanged from 2013 with participation of under-25-year-olds above the ITP sector average but Māori and Pasifika below. Participation was, however, above the regional demographic for these groups. Aoraki had 46 YG EFTS (56 students) and 13 full-fee paying international EFTS (39 students) in 2014.

EffectivenessTop

Aoraki was above the ITP sector average for qualification completion and student retention. Aoraki’s educational performance showed improvements in 2014 in course and qualification completions, compared with 2013. Overall, student retention saw a small decrease of 4 percentage points while student progression increased slightly, compared with 2013.

Performance by the TES priority groups also improved in terms of course and qualification completions but fell overall across retention and progression with the exception of progression for Pasifika, which increased. All priority groups were above the sector average for qualification completion, with Pasifika above for course completion while Māori were below and under-25-year-olds on par. All groups were on par or below the sector average for retention and progression.

Educational performance for YG students was mixed in 2014, compared with 2013, with a drop in course and qualification completions and improvements in retention and progression. However, Aoraki remained above the sector averages for all YG EPIs and exceeded the TEC’s minimum performance expectations.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Aoraki achieved a net deficit of $2.6 million (–19.9%), an improvement of $0.5 million over the 2013 deficit of $3.1 million.

Aoraki’s total revenue decreased by $3.7 million (22.1%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to a reduction of $2.6 million (25.3%) in government funding because of reducing demand and a reduction in domestic student fees of $0.6 million (20.6%).

Total expenditure decreased by $4.2 million (15.1%) mainly due to a reduction of $2.5 million (22.4%) in personnel expenditure, which was driven by a reduction in redundancy cost, and a $1.4 million (25.4%) reduction in costs of services.

Total assets have reduced by $3.7 million (6.5%) between 2013 and 2014 but remain strong at $53.2 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Aoraki
Polytechnic
ITP sector
Students under 25 60% 51%
Māori 14% 24%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Aoraki
Polytechnic
ITP sector
All 79% 80%
Students under 25 79% 79%
Māori 71% 74%
Pasifika 78% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance Aoraki
Polytechnic
ITP sector
All 77% 73%
Students under 25 77% 67%
Māori 70% 64%
Pasifika 67% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Aoraki region, 6% identified as Māori, 2% as Pasifika, and 18% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 2% 1,821 1,187 860
SAC Students 2% 4,248 2,454 1,495
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 2% - 37 46
YG Students 2% - 38 56
International full fee paying students EFTS less than 1% 28 12 13
International full fee paying students less than 1% 77 41 39
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 78% 75% 79%
Qualification Completion 73% 77% 69% 77%
Student Retention 66% 67% 72% 68%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 21% 21% 22%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 81% 77%
Qualification Completion 65% - 83% 73%
Student Retention 68% - - 82%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 59%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $16,451 $10,114 $7,559
Domestic student fees $3,234 $2,868 $2,276
International student fees $417 $166 $156
Total revenue $23,664 $16,798 $13,087
Expenses      
Personnel $12,343 $11,080 $8,594
Total expenses $23,638 $19,869 $15,693
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $26 ($3,070) ($2,607)
Assets      
Total Assets $57,509 $56,887 $53,212
Equity (net assets) $53,387 $50,351 $49,673
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $3,711 $1,659 ($4,301)
Other      
Staffing FTE 175 150 134
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 11.5:1 8.7:1 7.4:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 15.0:1 13.0:1 12.0:1