Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Chair: Mary Bourke
Chief Executive: Barbara George
Main Campus Key Main Campus
New Plymouth
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly 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
16.3% Level 1–2
48.6% Level 3–4
24.8% Level 5–6
10.2% Level 7–8
0.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
25.2% Engineering and Related Technologies
19.7% Society and Culture
10.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
9.7% Health
8.5% Creative Arts
26.9% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) had varied performance. WITT’s educational performance dropped. However, there was sound financial performance, considering that a large repayment was made back to the TEC.

Responsiveness

During 2014, WITT Council and leadership continued to develop the strategic plan and to work towards realising goals designed to see the institute go from strength to strength, establishing its unique place in the tertiary sector, the community and the learning journey of students. The vision is that WITT is the leading facilitator of tertiary outcomes in Taranaki.

After an 11 percent decrease between 2012 and 2013, WITT’s enrolments decreased by 12 percent (196 EFTS) for 2014. Most of the decline was at Level 4, which decreased by 40 percent on the previous year. Enrolments were mainly concentrated at Levels 3–4 (49%), Levels 5–6 (25%) and Levels 1–2 (16%). The main fields of study were Engineering and Related Technologies (25%), Society and Culture (20%), Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (10%) and Health (10%).

Māori participation remained well above the ITP sector average but fell 9 percentage points on 2013. Participation rates for Pasifika and under-25-year-olds remained below the ITP sector averages but all were above the regional demographic. WITT had 61 YG EFTS (85 students) and 127 full-fee paying international EFTS (196 students), a 112 percent increase on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

WITT achieved well below the ITP sector average for each of the EPIs, except student retention. Compared with the previous year, performance dropped across all measures apart from student retention, which saw a slight increase.

Compared with the previous year, performance for the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) fell significantly across the board apart from retention for under-25-year-olds and Pasifika, which showed slight increases. Performance for each of the TES priority groups was well below ITP sector averages for course and qualification completions, slightly below for student progression and above for student retention.

Educational performance for YG students decreased slightly for all measures apart from student retention, which showed a 10 percentage point increase. All measures, with the exception of student retention, remained below the ITP sector average. YG performance exceeded most of the TEC’s minimum performance expectations for EPIs.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, WITT achieved a net deficit of $3.3 million (–13.2%), an increased deficit of $2.6 million, compared with 2013. This is primarily due to a one-off unusual expenditure item of $3.7 million incurred in 2014. Excluding this repayment, WITT's net surplus was $0.9million (3.7%).

WITT’s total revenue increased by $1.2 million (5.1%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to an increase in international student fees of $0.9 million (133%). Meanwhile, total expenditure increased by $1.5 million (6.3%), primarily because of an increase in general operating expenditure of $1.0 million (12.5%).

Total assets decreased between 2013 and 2014 by $1.7 million, due in part to the one-off expenditure item incurred, which reduced cash balances.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance WITT ITP sector 
Students under 25 50% 51%
Māori 35% 24%
Pasifika 4% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  WITT ITP sector 
All 71% 80%
Students under 25 70% 79%
Māori 58% 74%
Pasifika 66% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  WITT ITP sector 
All 60% 73%
Students under 25 55% 67%
Māori 41% 64%
Pasifika 37% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the WITT region, 16% identified as Māori and 19% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 1% (based on Census 2013).

In 2014, an investigation was undertaken by the TEC, which resulted in funding being recovered from WITT. The amount recovered is reflected in WITT’s financial performance. More information is available on the TEC website.

At the time of publication, the WITT 2014 audit process was still ongoing. As such, the 2013 and 2014 financial information included in this report is subject to change.
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 2% 1,786 1,603 1,408
SAC Students 2% 2,919 2,759 2,483
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 3% - 57 61
YG Students 3% - 75 85
International full fee paying students EFTS 1% 70 60 127
International full fee paying students 1% 121 108 196
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 79% 81% 71%
Qualification Completion 73% 72% 79% 60%
Student Retention 66% 72% 77% 77%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 37% 36% 30%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 68% 67%
Qualification Completion 65% - 62% 60%
Student Retention 68% - - 79%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 37%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $15,368 $14,557 $14,379
Domestic student fees $5,278 $6,217 $6,191
International student fees $1,051 $701 $1,631
Total revenue $24,320 $23,772 $24,993
Expenses      
Personnel $12,691 $13,203 $13,530
Total expenses $22,988 $23,071 $24,535
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,332 -$660 -$3,291
Assets      
Total Assets $35,133 $36,504 $34,797
Equity (net assets) $29,055 $28,396 $25,104
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $2,761 $3,248 -$482
Other      
Staffing FTE 172 170 167
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 11.7:1 11.2:1 20.4:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 22.7:1 21.0:1 11.5:1