NorthTec is the region's largest provider of tertiary education, with campuses and learning centres in Whangarei city and Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, and Learning Centres in Rawene on the shores of the Hokianga, Kaikohe and our northernmost site in Kaitaia.
NorthTec remains the only Northland-based Tertiary Education Institute (TEI) that provides programmes from foundation to degree level.
Originally opened as the Northland Community College in 1978, with a staff of ten tutors, the college was hailed as "a significant centre for learning and an administrative centre for courses to be run in the wider community." In 1987 Northland Community College changed its name to Northland Polytechnic [Tai Tokerau Wananga] and to NorthTec [Tai Tokerau Wananga] in June 2006.
Now 32 years later our institution has taken courses beyond the main campus to the two-thirds of Northland's population who do not live in Whangarei.
NorthTec staff and management are committed to our Charter to make tertiary education accessible to all Northlanders. We offer our students high quality and industry-focused education, with flexible learning options and a personalised classroom approach.
Our commitment to our students extends beyond the campus boundaries. We have solid partnerships with iwi, other institutions, industry and local advisory committees, to further enable us to meet NorthTec's mission of developing Northland and its people through tertiary education. We pride ourselves on the fact that when our students are ready to leave us they graduate with the knowledge and practical skill base needed in the "real world” of business and enterprise.
NorthTec supports and encourages the development of our staff and a strong research culture. Staff participate in a wide range of research and other developmental activities, with particular encouragement being given to new researchers to attend workshops and presentations. Our staff and established researchers are increasingly collaborating both internally and externally to ensure the quality of what we offer our students.
Description of NorthTec
NorthTec is situated in the northern most region of New Zealand, servicing a population base of approximately 160,000. Our largest campus is based at Raumanga, a suburb of Whangarei city, with the new Future Trades campus in Dyer Street, and Learning Centres in Kensington (ASB Stadium) and Kamo (Primary Industries). There is a regional campus in the Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) and Learning Centres at Rāwene, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. In addition, NorthTec has achieved flexibility in programme provision for smaller or more isolated areas and through memorandums of agreements with education providers, industry, iwi and charitable trusts, NorthTec offers a range of programmes in health, science, business, technology, tourism, education, Māori studies and the arts. These programmes cater for student learning from NZQA Levels 1 to 7.
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