Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

NorthTec

Chair: Vern Dark
Chief Executive: Paul Binney
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Whangarei
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Rawene, Kaitaia and Kaikohe (Far North), Auckland and Kerikeri
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.6% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.4% Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
21.7% Level 1–2
51.9% Level 3–4
10.4% Level 5–6
16.0% Level 7–8
0.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
24.9%Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
13.7%Health
13.2%Society and Culture
11.4%Architecture and Building
9.5%Mixed Field Programmes
27.2%Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, NorthTec improved its overall educational performance, compared with the previous year, and remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chair Vern Dark highlighted several of NorthTec’s achievements. These included establishing strategies to lift performance and address funding issues; partnering with the Graham Lowe Foundation in setting up a sports academy to train students in a range of sports and educational programmes; and working closely with local schools and establishing short-course trades education at the Raumanga campus. The Chair intends for this to ensure a future pipeline of students into higher-level qualifications.

The Chief Executive, Paul Binney, also highlighted several of NorthTec’s achievements for 2014, which included the high quality of educational performance, good progress in terms of health and safety, with everyone being encouraged to be actively involved in ensuring that NorthTec has a safe and healthy workplace. Mr Binney also noted the innovative relationships that NorthTec is developing with several iwi (working collectively as the Te Matarau Education Trust), providing an opportunity to expand trades training numbers.

NorthTec’s enrolments remained at the same level as 2013. NorthTec saw a shift in delivery from Levels 4–6 to Levels 2–3, with most delivery focused at Levels 3–4 (52%), followed by Levels 1–2 (22%) and Levels 7–8 (16%). The main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (25%), Health (14%), Society and Culture (13%) and Architecture and Building (11%).

Participation of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) remained similar to 2013 and was well above the ITP sector average for Māori. Participation was below the ITP sector average for Pasifika and under-25-year-olds but well above the region’s demography. NorthTec had 108 YG EFTS (145 students), a 48 percent decrease on 2013, and 169 full-fee paying international EFTS (313 students), an increase of 182 percent on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

NorthTec was 6 percentage points below the ITP sector average for qualification completion, slightly below for course completion, but above for student retention and student progression. Compared with 2013, NorthTec improved on each of the EPIs, excluding course completion, which slipped fractionally.

Achievement of the TES priority groups improved overall. For the under-25-year-olds, it was above the sector average apart from course completion, which was slightly below. Māori and Pasifika were above the sector average for all measures apart from qualification completion, which was slightly below.

Educational performance for YG students improved for course and qualification completions and fell for student retention and student progression. NorthTec remained below the ITP sector average for each of the YG EPIs and did not meet the TEC’s minimum performance expectations.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, NorthTec recorded a net deficit of $0.5 million (1.2%), a decline of $1.1 million over the 2013 surplus of $0.6 million, driven by cost increases.

Despite a $0.7 million reduction in domestic student fees, NorthTec’s total revenue increased by $1.3 million (3.7%) from 2013 to 2014, primarily due to an increase in international student fees of $1.8 million.

Total expenditure increased by $2.4 million (6.7%), mainly due to other course-related costs ($1.1 million), personnel costs ($0.7 million) and depreciation on plant and equipment ($0.4 million).

Total assets increased by $2.2 million between 2013 and 2014 to $53.0 million. This is primarily made up of $38.2 million in property, plant and equipment, and $13.0 million in cash and other financial assets.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance NorthTec ITP sector 
Students under 25 37% 51%
Māori 59% 24%
Pasifika 5% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All 79% 80%
Students under 25 75% 79%
Māori 75% 74%
Pasifika 77% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All 67% 73%
Students under 25 59% 67%
Māori 62% 64%
Pasifika 61% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the NorthTec region, 29% 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 5% 2,814 2,756 2,756
SAC Students 4% 4,517 4,348 4,444
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 5% - 160 108
YG Students 4% - 198 145
International full fee paying students EFTS 2% 108 60 169
International full fee paying students 2% 226 129 313
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 79% 80% 79%
Qualification Completion 73% 64% 62% 67%
Student Retention 66% 64% 68% 68%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 32% 34% 39%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 57% 59%
Qualification Completion 65% - 48% 52%
Student Retention 68% - - 54%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 26%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $27,500 $26,768 $26,685
Domestic student fees $6,494 $6,573 $5,885
International student fees $1,493 $1,081 $2,924
Total revenue $37,086 $35,919 $37,232
Expenses      
Personnel $21,618 $22,118 $22,867
Total expenses $35,796 $35,319 $37,683
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,290 $600 -$451
Assets      
Total Assets $49,558 $50,744 $52,983
Equity (net assets) $46,138 $47,385 $47,018
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $3,351 $2,601 $4,599
Other      
Staffing FTE 347 360 352
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 10.3:1 9.9:1 9.9:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 16.8:1 17.0:1 18.7:1