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Te Pūkenga welcomed its first 24,000 ākonga (learners) and an additional 1,700 kaimahi (staff), with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) moving into the national provider today.
Whakanuia celebration events were held at all eight Toi Ohomai and Wintec campuses around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty to acknowledge this exciting milestone. Te Pūkenga Chief Executive Stephen Town said the events focused on acknowledging the strengths of the two Institutes of Technology, their people, learners and communities as they move into Te Pūkenga.
“For the first time, Te Pūkenga has ākonga (learners). We’re committed to providing these ākonga, and those who follow in their footsteps, with a learning experience that sets them up to thrive and enables them to succeed – whatever success looks like for them. We’ll do that by building on the history and collective mahi that Wintec and Toi Ohomai bring to this move.
Welcoming Toi Ohomai and Wintec into the Te Pūkenga whānau also brings with it benefits of unification and scale. Ahead of this move, we’ve seen Wintec and Toi Ohomai working together and with Te Pūkenga, starting to demonstrate the benefits of working together as a network,” he said.
Through network wide sharing and collaboration, our information and insights will enable us to be innovative in all that we do – accelerating opportunity for ākonga and enhancing learner outcomes.
This change also paves the way for the rest of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) network to transition later this year.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Chief Executives Dave Christiansen (Wintec) and Dr Leon Fourie (Toi Ohomai) as well as their respective boards. They have led their teams through this change with courage and empathy and have been champions for the work of Te Pūkenga.
“An interim reference group has been established to support Toi Ohomai and Wintec through until the Operating Model implementation. The reference group includes Te Pūkenga Council members Tania Hodges and Kathy Grant as well as two additional members to enhance our Te Tiriti relationship,” Mr Town said.
Toi Ohomai Chief Executive Dr Leon Fourie will take on the role as Wintec and Toi Ohomai Transitional Executive Lead and Wintec Chief Executive Dave Christiansen will take on the role of Te Pūkenga ITP Transition Lead. Both roles will report to Te Pūkenga. There are no other changes to roles as part of this transition.
Outgoing Toi Ohomai Chief Executive and Te Pūkenga Toi Ohomai / Wintec Transitional Lead Dr Leon Fourie says there will continue to be a strong focus on providing high quality learning opportunities across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.
“Kaimahi at Wintec and Toi Ohomai have really embraced this change and are already working more closely as a network. They can see the opportunity to learn from each other, to take what works well in one part of the country and apply it in another. It’s been a catalyst for changing behaviour in a really positive way,” he said.
Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, was established in 2020 as one of seven key changes of the Reform of Vocational Education. Te Pūkenga is bringing together a national network of integrated learning that supports learners, employers and communities to gain the skills, knowledge, and capabilities Aotearoa needs now and for the future.
The operations of Wintec and Toi Ohomai have been absorbed, as they currently stand, into Te Pūkenga. There will be no staffing changes other than that to the role of the Chief Executives.
This early move will not affect the current brands, campus or building names. Toi Ohomai and Wintec, along with the other ITP subsidiaries recently began co-branding with Te Pūkenga as part of an engagement campaign to educate their local communities about the shift into Te Pūkenga.