Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Chair: Hon Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Don Campbell (Chris Gosling from May 2015)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Porirua
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Wellington, Kapiti, Auckland
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.3% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.7% Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
14.8% Level 1–2
28.9% Level 3–4
9.4% Level 5–6
46.8% Level 7–8
0.1%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
29.4% Health
16.2% Creative Arts
10.5% Management and Commerce
10.4% Society and Culture
8.7% Mixed Field Programmes
24.7% Other
Delivery By Subject

Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia) continued its strong educational performance in 2014 and remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chair Roger Sowry highlighted several of Whitireia’s achievements, including the strategic partnership between Whitireia and the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) that remains at the forefront of the Council’s strategy. He also noted a new Master’s programme in Business and Information Technology and another, the Master in Professional Practice, in development in the Health faculty.

The Chief Executive, Don Campbell, highlighted additional achievements in 2014, including the building upgrades at the Wellington Dixon Street campus and Auckland campus. Also in 2014, Whitireia opened a new office in Bangalore to attract international students and submitted an ICT Graduate School proposal in collaboration with WelTec and Victoria University of Wellington. Council approval was gained to develop a Creative Arts Centre in Wellington’s Cuba Street, in partnership with WelTec.

Between 2013 and 2014, Whitireia’s enrolments decreased by 5 percent (131 EFTS). Most of Whitireia’s delivery was at Levels 7–8 (47%), Levels 3–4 (29%) and Levels 1–2 (15%), with provision concentrated in Health (29%), Creative Arts (16%), Management and Commerce (11%) and Society and Culture (10%).

Participation rates for under-25-year-olds and Māori each remained just below the ITP sector average. Pasifika participation remained similar to 2013 and was well above the ITP sector average. Participation for each of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was above the regional demographic. Whitireia had 192 YG EFTS (228 students) and 997 full-fee paying international EFTS (1,495 students), a 13 percent decrease on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

Whitireia’s overall educational performance was similar to previous years and on par with, or above, the ITP sector averages for all EPIs.

Performance by the TES priority groups was above the ITP sector averages in all but student progression for Māori, which was on par. Pasifika performance improved against all EPIs, and performance of Māori and under-25-year-olds dropped against the qualification completion measure but improved in terms of student retention.

Educational performance for YG students improved for all measures apart from student progression. Course and qualification completions were above the ITP sector average. However, student retention was marginally below and student progression well below. YG performance exceeded almost all of the TEC’s minimum performance expectations for EPIs.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, Whitireia achieved a net surplus of $0.8 million (1.3%), an improvement of $2.5 million over the $1.7 million (–2.8%) operating deficit in 2013. This was primarily driven by a $1.0 million reduction in non-operating expenditure, namely $0.2 million in loss of disposal of fixed assets and $0.7 million contract settlement costs in 2013 that were not repeated in 2014.

Despite a $0.7 million reduction in domestic student fees, Whitireia’s total revenue increased by $0.8 million (1.3%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to an increase in other revenue and in international student fees.

Total assets have increased by $0.3 million (0.3%) between 2013 and 2014 to $84.9 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Whitireia ITP sector 
Students under 25 49% 51%
Māori 23% 24%
Pasifika 18% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All 84% 80%
Students under 25 82% 79%
Māori 80% 74%
Pasifika 81% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Whitireia ITP sector 
All 80% 73%
Students under 25 71% 67%
Māori 68% 64%
Pasifika 78% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Whitireia region, 11% identified as Māori, 7% as Pasifika and 22% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 4% 2,891 2,701 2,570
SAC Students 3% 4,187 3,875 3,620
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 8% - 190 192
YG Students 7% - 223 228
International full fee paying students EFTS 12% 1,254 1,151 997
International full fee paying students 11% 1,809 1,697 1,495
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 83% 84% 84%
Qualification Completion 73% 78% 82% 80%
Student Retention 66% 70% 75% 76%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 36% 35% 35%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 68% 76%
Qualification Completion 65% - 65% 68%
Student Retention 68% - - 67%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 28%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $29,514 $29,677 $29,714
Domestic student fees $13,690 $12,437 $11,772
International student fees $14,171 $14,331 $14,698
Total revenue $64,297 $60,910 $61,705
Expenses      
Personnel $32,848 $32,286 $30,700
Total expenses $61,523 $61,237 $60,233
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $18 -$1,699 $816
Assets      
Total Assets $87,386 $84,615 $84,887
Equity (net assets) $63,116 $61,035 $61,851
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $4,216 $4,018 $4,936
Other      
Staffing FTE 473 449 488
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 10.6:1 10.6:1 9.2:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 20.1:1 18.0:1 17.0:1