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Working closely with local and national industries, NorthTec provides practical, quality training that meets Northland’s needs. NorthTec has campuses and learning centres in Whangarei, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Dargaville and Auckland. NorthTec also has over 60 community-based delivery points as well as online learning options.
We’re transforming lives right here in Northland so whether you imagine yourself as a chef, a nurse, or dream of getting a job in a trade, check out our over 100 programmes and enrol now for a brighter future.
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.
On 1 April 2020, Northland Polytechnic Limited (NorthTec) became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.
Today, our institution has taken courses beyond the main campus to the two-thirds of Northland's population who do not live in Whangārei.
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.
NorthTec is a New Zealand Government owned Tertiary Institute with a category 2 provider status. For our most recent External Evaluation Review (EER) please follow the link to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website.