Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Chair: Distinguished Professor Sir Hirini Moko Mead
Chief Executive: Distinguished Professor  Hingangaroa Smith (Professor Wiremu Doherty from May 2015)
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Auckland (Tāmaki) and
Northland (Te Tai Tokerau)
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
95.8% Teaching and Learning
2.2% Capability
2.0% Research
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
1.7% Level 1–2
43.4% Level 3–4
1.4% Level 5–6
47.0% Level 7–8
6.4%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
45.3% Society and Culture
27.5% Creative Arts
13.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
6.8% Education
6.3% Management and Commerce
1.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, the educational performance of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA) generally declined, compared with the previous year. Financially, TWWoA remained in a healthy position.


In the 2014 annual report, the Chair, Distinguished Professor Sir Hirini Moko Mead, highlighted several achievements. These included the awarding of five PhD degrees, including the first Doctor of Philosophy in Environment Studies; the awarding of honorary doctorates to two long-serving elders of Ngai Te Rangi, Mr Kihi Ngatai QSM and Mr Hauata Palmer, and to Ms Georgina Kingi, QSO, for years of outstanding service to Māori development and education. As part of engagement in education discussions with indigenous people across several countries, an Honorary Doctorate was awarded to Professor Alan R Parker, a noted Native American Indian educator of Washington State and a well-known advocate for Native American Indian affairs. Te Ōhanga Mataora Paetahi: Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori (Nursing) degree was relaunched and relocated to Whakatāne.

Sir Hirini also acknowledged the contribution of retiring Chief Executive Distinguished Professor Hingangaroa Smith, stating that Professor Smith’s incomparable leadership, vision and dedication will be sorely missed.

Professor Smith himself highlighted several achievements over the seven years that he had been with the wānanga. In looking specifically at 2014, Professor Smith celebrated TWWoA as being a leading exemplar of innovative indigenous education, with innovation in its pedagogy and curriculum space with respect to mātauranga Māori, producing graduates with competencies in Māori and contemporary world knowledge.

Following a 4 percent increase between 2012 and 2013, TWWoA’s enrolments decreased by 17 percent (498 EFTS) for 2014, mostly across Levels 3–4. Most of its delivery was focused at Levels 7–8 (47%) and Levels 3–4 (43%), with provision concentrated in Society and Culture (45%), Creative Arts (28%), Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (13%) and Education (7%).

Participation by Māori (92%) remained stable and at similar levels to previous years, well above the wānanga sector average (61%). Participation by under-25-year-olds (27%) was also well above the wānanga sector average (16%), while Pasifika participation, at 6 percent, remained below the sector average (10%).


Overall performance for TWWoA against the EPIs decreased against its 2013 results. However, course completion remained above the wānanga sector averages both overall and for the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds).

Performance by the TES priority groups fell against all EPIs, with the exception of student retention, which increased for each group. The decrease was particularly significant for qualification completion and student progression. Educational performance was generally below the wānanga sector average for the TES priority groups.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, TWWoA achieved a net surplus of $1.8 million (6.3%), a result on a par with the restated 2013 result of $1.8 million (6.5%). When compared with the non-restated 2013 surplus of $3.9 million, the decline is $2.1 million (–54.6%) and is primarily driven by reductions in government funding.

Total revenue for TWWoA increased by $0.2 million (0.7%) when compared with the restated 2013 result. This is primarily due to the $1.6 million reduction in government funding being offset by increases in other income of $1.5 million. Total expenditure increased marginally, by $0.3 million (1.0%) with the $1.5 million (13.1%) increase in personnel expenditure offset by other cost savings.

Total assets have remained reasonably similar to 2013 levels. However, the restatement of the 2013 account has seen the addition of a 2013 liability to the TEC of $5.9 million. Total equity has increased, compared with the restated result (by $3 million). The 2014 total assets were $55.4 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance Awanuiārangi Wānanga
Students under 25 27% 16%
Māori 92% 61%
Pasifika 6% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Awanuiārangi Wānanga
All 82% 80%
Students under 25 80% 75%
Māori 82% 77%
Pasifika 84% 79%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  Awanuiārangi Wānanga
All 52% 72%
Students under 25 45% 63%
Māori 51% 68%
Pasifika 60% 72%
The difference in size and offerings between the wānanga is significant and this may skew the wānanga-sector averages for comparative purposes.

In 2014, an investigation was undertaken by the TEC that resulted in funding being recovered from TWWoA. The amount recovered is reflected in TWWoA’s financial performance. More information is available on the TEC website.
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of Wānanga sector 2012 2013 2014
EFTS 11% 2,906 3,013 2,516
Students 12% 4,990 5,004 4,440
Educational Performance Indicators Wānanga sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 88% 86% 82%
Qualification Completion 72% 64% 68% 52%
Student Retention 72% 57% 59% 60%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 36% 38% 23%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Total government revenue $23,584 $23,341 $21,774
Domestic student fees $2,489 $3,033 $3,155
International student fees $0 $112 $34
Total revenue $29,197 $28,049 $28,255
Personnel $11,175 $11,330 $12,819
Total expenses $25,310 $26,212 $26,486
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,887 $1,837 $1,769
Total Assets $51,749 $55,993 $55,473
Equity (net assets) $47,538 $45,656 $48,654
Net cashflow from operations $7,218 $6,302 -$130
Staffing FTE 151 146 178
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 22.6:1 24.0:1 16.9:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 46.7:1 49.3:1 33.1:1