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Whitireia and WelTec are known for their high student success rates and culturally diverse student body. Every year we train over 8,000 students who study at one of our campuses across the Wellington region. 

We offer a range of programmes of study at certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate and Master’s levels.

Our programmes have been developed in conjunction with industry to offer excellent vocational qualifications that are future-focused and provide ākonga with practical skills so you can pursue your career goals.

Whitireia is named after the Whitireia maunga (mountain) of Titahi Bay – the mountain that Ngāti Toa Rangatira identifies with, the highest mountain in their rohe.

WelTec is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's oldest tertiary education institutions and the second-oldest in Wellington since 1904.

We were one of the first Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) to navigate this new evaluation process in 2021.

It is heartening to see the dedication and innovation of our kaimahi shine through in the report, especially as the evaluation took place as we were responding to the challenges of Covid-19.

The report enables understanding as to why the Targeted Evaluation is important, and how it is at the heart of what we do in ensuring quality vocational education for ākonga in Wellington and the wider region. 

We are known for our distinctiveness (Ahureitanga) and we have special relationships with local Iwi: WelTec with Te Āti Awa and Whitireia with Ngāti Toa. Together, we are more than the sum of our parts.

Mā tātou, mō tātou Ko WelTec ki Te Āti Awa, ko Whitireia ki Ngāti Toa. E haere kōtui nei me kura-takahi-puni tātou.

Together, we will lead and illuminate our communities through tertiary education.

Whitireia and WelTec are a business division of Te Pūkenga, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, and we share Te Pūkenga vision and values. 


Ngā kaupapa e whā (values)

Our values are what define us as one of New Zealand’s most honoured tertiary institutions. Our faculty, staff, and students follow and live by our values.

  • Whakapapa

  • Whānaungatanga

  • Manaaki

  • Tikanga

Ngā Whaingā (goals)

Our goals form the foundation that guides our outcomes and priorities.

  • Lower Hutt Branch

    21 Kensington Avenue, Lower Hutt
  • Porirua Branch

    3 Wi Neera Dr, Porirua
  • Wellington Branch

    65 Dixon St,, Wellington

Courses offered by Whitireia & Weltec


Writing Poetry

Are you interested in poetry? This course will take you through varied forms of writing poetry and introduce you to the Aotearoa/New Zealand poetry community. By the end of the course, you'll have explored different ways of seeing, created a portfolio of your own work

by Whitireia & Weltec


This programme will allow students to become fully qualified carpenters. Learn through practical tutorials, evening classes, workshops and online assessments, while getting regular on-site visits by our highly experienced tutors.

by Whitireia & Weltec

Certificate in Hospitality

This programme aims to introduce students to the skills required in food and beverage service, including barista; basic cookery, front of house operations, reception and accommodation.

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Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) (Restaurant Services)

The aim of this full-time programme is to give students the knowledge and skills they need to practice advanced food and beverage service across the wider hospitality sector.

by Whitireia & Weltec

Food Safety Practice in a Commercial Environment (Training Scheme)

Learn how to produce food safely and understand how to prevent cross contamination.

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