E Tū Ma Tātou

Whitireia and WelTec are undertaking a joint change programme E Tū Ma Tātou – Our People. Our Challenges. Our Future. – to strengthen the provision of quality vocational education and training across the Wellington region and restore our financial position.

This change programme has been underway for some time. It entails several initiatives:

  1. Reducing costs to address our financial situation
  2. Simplifying how we work to reduce the duplication that exists between our two institutes. Originally this comprised a proposal to merge our two institutes, however this has ceased following a decision from the Minister of Education in light of his proposed reforms for the sector
  3. Readying ourselves for the future of vocational education as envisaged by the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)
Evolution including proposal to merge

The scope of E Tū Ma Tātou has changed following the announcement of the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, to reform the vocational education sector.  

Shortly after the Minister’s proposals were released, the Minister advised that while there was a clear rationale for Whitireia and WelTec merging, given the proposed Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), it was not in the best interests of the tertiary education system to progress with a merger.

We support the Minister’s decision to not proceed with the merger in light of his recently announced reforms for the sector. The scale of reform he is contemplating is far more significant than we anticipated when we submitted our business case for merging our two institutes.

While the merger proposal is off the table, we are continuing with the other elements of E Tū Ma Tātou, including addressing our financial situation. This work is already underway.

Once the Minister has made a decision about the wider reforms for the sector through RoVE, we will develop a programme to be ready to respond. In the interim, our focus is on returning our two institutes to a strong financial position so we can deliver effective, quality vocational education and training for our students and meet the needs of our communities and stakeholders.

Background documents

The following documents were prepared to support our efforts to engage with staff, students and stakeholders about the scope of E Tū Ma Tātou, including the proposal to merge. These documents are provided for transparency.

Read the Overview of E Tū Ma Tātou (published November 2018)

Read the Summary of Feedback on our proposal to merge (published December 2018)

Read the Minister’s letter declining the proposal to merge (published March 2019)

Read our response to the Minister’s decision on merger 


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