Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Chair: Graeme McNally
Chief Executive: Allan Sargison
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Greymouth
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Reefton, Hamilton, Westport, Auckland, Christchurch, Invercargill, Wanaka
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
8.3% Level 1–2
73.0% Level 3–4
17.8% Level 5–6
1.0% Level 7–8
0.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
28.3% Architecture and Building
22.0% Creative Arts
15.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.3% Health
7.9% Management and Commerce
10.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (Tai Poutini’s) educational performance remained similar to 2013 while the institution with an improved financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chair Graeme McNally highlighted several of Tai Poutini’s achievements. These included contributing positively to the West Coast economy by providing additional training opportunities that support the local community and businesses, and delivering its first degree-level programme (offered in conjunction with CPIT, the bachelor degree in musical arts) in Auckland.

The Chief Executive, Allan Sargison, highlighted additional achievements in 2014, such as developing relationships and business in China, and becoming an official partner organisation with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School Leadership Ventures programme. Tai Poutini also hosted the first group of MBA students from Wharton on experiential leadership training.

Tai Poutini’s enrolments decreased by 2 percent for the second consecutive year (43 EFTS for 2014). Nearly three-quarters of Tai Poutini’s delivery was at Levels 3–4 (73%), with the remainder spread across Levels 5–6 (18%) and Levels 1–2 (8%). The main fields of study were Architecture and Building (28%), Creative Arts (22%), Engineering and Related Technologies (16%) and Health (15%).

Participation of Māori and Pasifika increased slightly in 2014 and was above the ITP sector average for both groups. Participation of under-25-year-olds dropped slightly and was below the ITP sector average. Tai Poutini had 49 YG EFTS (78 students) and 55 full-fee paying international EFTS (295 students).

EffectivenessTop

Compared with the previous year, Tai Poutini’s performance dropped against all EPIs apart from student retention, which increased. Tai Poutini was below the ITP sector average for all measures, with the exception of course completion, where it was on par with the sector average.

Performance by the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was mixed, compared with 2013, with a drop in course completion for all groups and an increase in student retention. The TES priority groups were generally comparable with the ITP sector average, excluding student progression, which was well below the sector average for all groups.

Educational performance of YG students dropped for all measures apart from student retention, which showed improvement. Tai Poutini’s YG performance was above the ITP sector average for all measures apart from student progression. YG performance was above the TEC’s minimum performance expectations for most EPIs.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Tai Poutini achieved a net surplus of $0.7 million (2.9%), an improvement of $0.7 million over the 2013 break-even result. This was driven by expenditure reductions.

Tai Poutini’s total revenue decreased marginally by less than $100,000 from 2013 to 2014. Student fees revenue reduced by $0.3 million (­­­–6.9%) and government revenue reduced by $0.1 million, however, this was offset by increases in other income.

Total expenditure decreased by $0.8 million (–3.1%), mainly due to reductions in other expenditure, which reduced by $0.9 million (–10.1%).

Total assets increased by $0.7 million (3.1%) between 2013 and 2014 to $22.7 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance TPP ITP sector 
Students under 25 44% 51%
Māori 29% 24%
Pasifika 16% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  TPP ITP sector 
All 80% 80%
Students under 25 77% 79%
Māori 80% 74%
Pasifika 74% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  TPP ITP sector 
All 69% 73%
Students under 25 67% 67%
Māori 71% 64%
Pasifika 69% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Tai Poutini region, 9% identified as Māori and 17% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 1% (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 3% 2,023 1,977 1,934
SAC Students 3% 5,098 4,394 4,082
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 2% - 40 49
YG Students 2% - 58 78
International full fee paying students EFTS 1% 68 63 55
International full fee paying students 2% 358 335 295
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 81% 81% 80%
Qualification Completion 73% 67% 72% 69%
Student Retention 66% 45% 52% 61%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 21% 19% 16%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 87% 73%
Qualification Completion 65% - 73% 69%
Student Retention 68% - - 76%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 30%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $17,945 $18,661 $18,556
Domestic student fees $4,604 $4,875 $4,496
International student fees $85 $75 $112
Total revenue $24,367 $25,367 $25,277
Expenses      
Personnel $13,493 $14,417 $14,470
Total expenses $23,831 $25,334 $24,536
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $536 $33 $742
Assets      
Total Assets $22,110 $22,001 $22,689
Equity (net assets) $19,165 $19,202 $19,937
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $1,764 $1,829 $2,338
Other      
Staffing FTE 172 170 157
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 14.3:1 15.0:1 16.3:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 26.7:1 29.3:1 34.1:1