Public consultation on the proposed merger of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has announced his intention to establish a new polytechnic in the Bay of Plenty.

Both Waiariki Institute of Technology (Waiariki) and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (BoPP) will be disestablished and merged into the new institution from May 2016.


The public consultation

Minister Joyce consulted on a joint proposal submitted by the Chairs of both institutions from 25 August until 22 September 2015.

The Chairs' proposal suggested a new institution would provide enhanced vocational and applied tertiary education opportunities for students in the wider Bay of Plenty region.

There were 106 submissions of which:

  • 23 agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal
  • 8 were neutral
  • 75 disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Read the Summary of Submissions for the BoPP and Waiariki Consultation (PDF, 1 Mb).

In October 2015, after receiving the public submissions, Minister Joyce wrote to the Chairs of both institutions seeking further information.   

The Chairs of both institutions responded to the Minister on 16 October.


Consultation links

  • Read the proposal as set out in the Overview: Increasing collaboration between Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology (PDF, 491 Kb)
  • Download the Business Case (PDF, 3 Mb) 
  • Go to the Frequently Asked Questions
  • Go to Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s website
  • Go to Waiariki Institute of Technology’s website

If you have any enquiries about the consultation please contact our Sector Helpdesk

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