E Tū Ma Tātou - FAQs

What does the proposal to merge mean for current WelTec and Whitireia students?

By integrating, we’ll become a single stronger vocational training provider for the Wellington region. For WelTec students, nothing changes. In fact it’s even better than now – you’ll be able to access a wider range of programmes without having to apply for cross-credits.

For Whitireia students, Trimester 1 will proceed as normal. There may be changes to our programmes later if the proposal is approved. That’s because we need to go through a process with NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) and the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission). We will be working hard to ensure we communicate clearly with students.

You’ll be able to access a wider range of programmes than you can now, without having to apply for cross-credits. If the proposal is approved, you would transition to become a student of the Wellington Institute of Technology – we’ll make it easy. If you complete your programme after we merge, then you would graduate as a WelTec student.

If I enrol now in a WelTec or Whitireia course for 2019, how likely is it that my course will change?

Trimester 1 will proceed as normal. As we’ve said in the question above, there may be changes to our programmes for Whitireia later if the proposal is approved. That’s because we need to go through a process with NZQA and the TEC. We will be working hard to ensure we communicate clearly with students.

If I have started with a Whitireia qualification, who would I graduate with?

If you’re a Whitireia student and you complete your programme of study after a merger and the transition to the Wellington Institute of Technology, you would graduate as a Wellington Institute of Technology student.

How will decisions be made?

Your feedback will help inform the business case that we will submit to the Tertiary Education Commission later in 2018. It’s expected that the decision on the proposal will happen before mid-2019, once the Minister of Education has considered feedback from staff, students and the community. If we achieve Ministerial approval, we will aim to transition Whitireia students to the Wellington Institute for the start of trimester two 2019. Make sure you have your say before 5pm Wednesday 28 November.

What will our new name be?

Our legal name would be the Wellington Institute of Technology. Our preference at this point is to be known as WelTec because we would rather invest the time and money we’d need to spend on forming and promoting a new name on our offering for students. If the integration was approved, we would work with iwi to develop a new te reo name for the institution. We welcome your views on this approach.


 

Kāpiti Campus Questions

How will this change affect current students?

If the proposal to close the Kāpiti campus is confirmed, students who wish to undertake study in 2019 will need to travel to one of our four other regional campuses, starting in trimester one in 2019. Please call us on 0800 944 847 so we can talk through your study options.

Can I enrol in a programme at the Kāpiti campus next year?

No. Kāpiti based students who wish to undertake study next year, will need to travel to one of our four other regional campuses, starting in trimester one in 2019. Please contact 0800 944 847 so we can talk through your study options.

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