Investigation at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki completed

11 November 2014

Kia ora. I’ve appreciated getting your feedback about the actions we have taken as a response to the reviews recently completed. Your endorsement of the increased accountability and robust monitoring processes we are putting in place is valuable.

This afternoon the TEC and NZQA announced the findings of a recent review at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) into the delivery of their Māori performing arts programmes.

The findings of the review are available on our website.

Given the situation at WITT and following the release of findings of an investigation at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi last month, the TEC and NZQA recently announced a joint focused review of tertiary education organisations. 

As you know, we invest approximately $2.8 billion annually in tertiary education. In making these investments we operate a high-trust/high-accountability model to enable a flexible and diverse tertiary sector. This relies on each TEO taking responsibility for the effective governance and management of their organisation.

Just this week, together with NZQA chief executive Dr Karen Poutasi, I have written to the board chairs/directors of all TEOs reminding them of our expectations around delivery and accountability.

The focused reviews will concentrate on TEOs and specific programmes that have similar features to those identified as problematic in the recent investigations including:

  • a high level of sub-contracting, and/or
  • courses with very high course and qualification completion rates, and/or
  • courses that have grown very rapidly. 

Deloitte and PWC have been contracted to undertake the focused review on behalf of the TEC and NZQA and those organisations who have been selected for review will be contacted shortly.

In addition to the focused reviews, the TEC will be undertaking further rigorous analysis of data provided by all TEOs. This analysis will help identify quickly organisations who may be under performing or not meeting funding expectations. 

If you want further information you can call us on 0800 601 301 or email us at

Ngā mihi


Tim Fowler
Chief Executive
Tertiary Education Commission

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