Educational Partnerships

Educational partnerships with other institutions provide new  opportunities for the northland community where education is the key to unlocking our students' full potential.



NorthTec has articulation agreements in Business, Science (Conservation and Environmental Management) and Sports Science with AUT University. These arrangements allow students to study at NorthTec and to transfer to AUT qualifications with credit. The students who successfully complete the Diploma in Sport and Recreation at NorthTec gain automatic right of entry into the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (AUT) programme through a partnership NorthTec has with AUT, New Zealand’s newest university.  AUT has also agreed that NorthTec can deliver the third year of the degree in Whangārei thus allowing students to complete the degree without leaving the

Campus Chamber

A partnership between NorthTec and the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland ensures that Northlanders engaged in tertiary education can maintain contact and networks within the business community and see the sectors as relevant and accessible.

eCampus NZ

NorthTec is a member of the eCampus NZ. The purpose of eCampus NZ is to work collaboratively as an accord  to identify, design, develop, deliver and evaluate applied vocational quality products for tertiary learners.

Massey University 

In October 2003 Northland took a step forward when NorthTec and Massey University agreed to cooperate in a venture that would improve study and research opportunities in the region.

Under the initial agreement articulation arrangements and academic pathways between qualifications have been negotiated in science, Conservation and Environmental Management, Business and Computing.  The agreement also provides a mechanism for much-needed research to assist the further development of the Northland region, including Māori development. To date one collaborative project has been completed.  There is a growing range of research needs within Northland and this agreement will enhance the capacity to meet those needs.

The agreement also facilitates cooperation in staff development.


The OERu is an independent, not-for-profit network that offers free online university courses for students worldwide. The OERu will provide more affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions. NorthTec is one of New Zealand's anchor partners.

Rugby League Northland

NorthTec and Rugby League Northland announced their partnership in February 2011. The organisations have shared visions and goals that include transforming young people's lives through education.

Te Wānanga O Aotearoa

Guided by Māori principles and values, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa prides itself on having an inclusive, interactive and nurturing learning environment. It has eleven main campuses across the country, including the one in Whangārei at the Raumanga campus, where it began delivering its programmes in August 2011. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be working alongside NorthTec to provide staircasing opportunities from each other’s programmes.

Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiārangi

Given wānanga status in 1997, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi formed a partnership with NorthTec in 2009 and began delivering graduate and undergraduate programmes at NorthTec’s Whangārei campus in 2010. The two institutions continue to develop graduate and post graduate study pathways in Whangārei and at other NorthTec sites.


Since the beginning of the 2012 academic year, students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Conservation and Environmental Management at NorthTec can apply to gain direct entry into the one year Bachelor of Applied Science degree programme with Unitec.

University of Auckland 

NorthTec is a member of the James Henare Maori Research Centre Advisory Board.