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Whitireia Polytechnic


Whitireia Polytechnic is a government-funded tertiary institution, established in 1986. We specialise in vocational training and our courses help people get good jobs. Our courses are British based and we offer more than 120 courses including short six-month certificates, two year diplomas and our Degree Programmes. We can offer a kiwi experience studying in Wellington at Whitireia’s main campus in Porirua with 6000 local and international students or an international experience studying in downtown Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Whitireia Polytechnic prides itself as a multicultural centre of educational excellence and international students have attended since 1988. Our classes are small (up to 30 max) so we can ensure our international students have personal attention.


• NZ Diploma in Business can be completed in 18 months (Auckland & Wellington)
• NZ Diploma in ICT (Level 5-6) can be completed in 18 months (Auckland campus only
Over 120 full-time programmes of study are available. Many programmes can be taken part-time. At present there are over 6000 local students enrolled in full-time and part-time programmes.

















Location & Facilities

The main Porirua campus is 20km north of Wellington sited beside the scenic Porirua harbour close to beaches where swimming, surfing and boating are popular recreational activities

We have also established a new International Campus in downtown Auckland. Auckland is NZ’s largest city with a million people and is the centre of commerce and industry. This campus is solely aimed at international students, consisting mainly of Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

FACILITIES (Wellington & Auckland)

Computer Rooms


Student Association

Health Centre (with nurse, doctor and councillor

Language Lab


Free Internet and Email

Student Liaison Officer


International Marketing Offices

Accommodation options include Home stay, Flatting and Hostels

All students in this option complete the core subjects of Communications, Mathematics and Word Processing. In all subject areas NZQA Units are taught where appropriate. Specialised subjects studied are:

  • Health Science – Biology, Chemistry and Social Science
  • Business– Accounting, Economics/Management and Computer Studies.
  • Social Sciences – Social Psychology, Nutrition and Applied Science
  • Service
  • Industries-Office Systems & Computing
  • Beauty
  • hairdressing
  • Cosmetics
  • Retail
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Outdoor
  • Adventure
  • Catering
  • Hospitality
    •Trades - automotive, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drainlaying, gas fitting & roofing, transport, aviation
















List of Departments / Schools / Faculty / College


  • School of Business School of Computing & ICT
  • School of Food & Hospitality
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Health Science
  • School of Applied Science
  • School of Architectural studies
  • School of Design
  • School of Performing Arts
  • School of Broadcasting























Courses Offered

Sr No Level Name of the Program
1. Diploma Civil Engineering
2. Certificate Aviation
3. Certificate Aviation
4. Certificate Aviation
5. Certificate Road Transport
6. Certificate Aviation
7. Certificate Aviation
8. Certificate Aviation
9. Certificate Health
10. Certificate Social Science
11. Certificate Health Science
12. Certificate Visual Arts
13. Certificate Digital Media
14. Certificate Rock, Jazz And Commercial 
15. Certificate Live Sound And Event Production
16. Certificate Dj Music
17. Certificate Music
18. Certificate Photography
19. Certificate Practical Photoigraphy
20. Certificate Outdoor Adventures
21. Certificate English
22. Certificate English ( Adv)
23. Certificate Beauty Therapy
24. Certificate Retail And Cosmetic Services
25. Certificate Automotive Engg
26. Certificate Automotive Engg
27. Certificate Electrical Engg
28. Certificate Beauty And Hairdressing
29. Certificate Information Technology
30. Certificate Technology
31. Certificate Information Technology
32. Certificate Office Administration And Computing  
33. Certificate Carpentry
34. Certificate Plumbing, Drainage
35. Certificate Trade Skills 
36. Certificate Nursing
37. Certificate Catering
38. Certificate Business
39. Certificate Management
40. Certificate Small Business Management
41. Certificate Professional Cookery
42. Certificate Early Childhood Education
43. Certificate Travel
44. Certificate Travel
45. Certificate Office Administration And Computing  
46. Graduate Diploma  Information Technology
47. Graduate Diploma  Applied Business Studies 
48. Graduate Diploma  Creative Writing
49. National Certificate Hairdressing
50. National Certificate Computing
51. National Certificate Computing
52. National Certificate Travel And Tourism
53. National Certificate Floristry
54. National Certificate Mental Health Support
55. National Certificate Journalism
56. National Certificate Mental Health Support
57. National Certificate Hospitality Management
58. National Certificate Journalism
59. Diploma Information Technology
60. Diploma Outdoor Adventures
61. Diploma Management
62. Diploma Youth And Community Studies
63. Diploma Early Childhood Education
64. Diploma Jewellery Design
65. Diploma Digital Design And Multimedia
66. Diploma Applied Stage And Sreen Arts
67. Diploma Stage And Screen Arts
68. Diploma Publishing
69. Bachelor Business Studies
70. Bachelor Business Studies
71. Bachelor Applied Arts
72. Bachelor Applied Arts
73. Bachelor Applied Arts
74. Bachelor Nursing
75. Bachelor Information Technology
76. Bachelor Nursing  Practise
77. Bachelor Health Science
78. Bachelor Teaching
79. Pg Certificate Nursing
80. Pg Certificate Forensic Phychiatric Care
81. Pg Certificate Speciality Care
82. Pg Certificate Hospice Pallative Care
83. Pg Certificate Perioperative Speciality Nursing
84. Pg Certificate Primary Health Care Nursing 























You may be eligible to apply for one of the following scholarships to assist with your programme fees. Application forms for all scholarships are available fromWhitireia Customer Services from 1 September each year

























Intakes are July and February






























Application Form

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