Whitireia New Zealand

Whitireia New Zealand is a government owned polytechnic with seven campuses in four locations.

Locations: Auckland, Wellington, Kapati and Porirua

Established in 1986, Whitireia has established a reputation for producing a wide range of work-ready graduates who have gone on to secure employment both in New Zealand and overseas.

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Learning Environment

Whitireia is a multicultural polytechnic reflecting the ethnic richness and values of a diverse society. Staff are dedicated to providing students with an education that will support their chosen career and ensure that they have the right training to begin work in the real world. Staff are concerned about the needs of every student and provide a range of services to ensure a safe, exciting environment for living, learning and sharing. All programmes have strong links to industry and all tutorial staff have many years of industry experience to bring reality into the classroom.


Whitireia offers over 130 programmes with strong industry links. Pathways allow students to enter their chosen study area with varying English and academic requirements. All programmes have a focus on enabling students to be work-ready, with many qualifications incorporating industry experience.

Bachelor Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • English Language
  • Beauty, Hairdressing & Cosmetic Services
  • Business
  • Legal Executives Course
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Communications
  • Applied Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Creative Writing & Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Computing
  • Information Technology
  • Applied Arts (Performing Arts, Music)
  • Applied Stage and Screen Arts
  • Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music
  • DJ Music
  • Foundation Music
  • Nursing
  • Health Science (Paramedic)
  • Social Work
  • Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Gasfitting
  • Drainlaying
  • Roofing
  • Road Transport
  • Commercial Transport Aviation
  • Applied Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Jewellery Design
  • Digital Design and Multimedia
  • Desktop Publishing for Print and the Web
  • Advanced Photography
  • Practical Photography
  • Floristry
  • Office Administration and Computing
  • Nursing Registration
  • Foundation Education (Health Science)
  • Foundation Education (Social Science)

Some courses are only available at certain campuses.

Educational Style

Whitireia offers a post-secondary vocation-based polytechnic type of education. Theoretical knowledge is enhanced by applied in-class projects and assignments as well as industry-based learning.


Whitireia combines industry-experienced lecturers and tutors with excellent pastoral care support to enable students to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in the “real world”.

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English requirements are listed in Whitireia’s International Student Guide, available on request. Whitireia’s Auckland (International) Campus focuses on the provision of tertiary education to speakers of English as a second language and incorporates an English language component into its programmes as well as offering a range of entry points.


Address: Porirua Campus, Wineera Drive, Porirua City 5240
Website: http://www.whitireia.ac.nz

Find out more

For more information about this institution, please contact ISENZ.