Waiariki Institute of Technology

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Waiariki Institute of Technology (Māori: Whare Takiura o Waiariki) based in Rotorua, is one of the largest tertiary institutes outside the university centres in New Zealand. Originally developed as a centre for adult and trades education, the institute began to offer bachelor degree courses in the early 1990s.


The main campus (Mokoia Campus) is located in Rotorua ten minutes from the city centre. Regional campuses exist in Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane.

Tangatarua Marae[edit]

Waiariki has an on-site marae named Tangatarua, which translates as "two peoples" and reflects their bicultural nature. Tangatarua Marae was officially opened on October 5, 1996 and is named after a Túhourangi ancestor, Ihenga, who lived on the land where the Mokoia Campus is situated today.

Student Support[edit]

Waiariki offers a small classroom environment, maximising individual attention and learning. Tutorial support is also available in many forms.[citation needed]

Courses at Waiariki[edit]

The largest courses (by student volume) are nursing, forestry, business, computing, tourism and hospitality. In addition to degrees offered by Waiariki, the institute also collaborates with Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, The University of Waikato, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and the Waikato Institute of Technology on a range of qualifications.


Waiariki Institute of Technology is divided into six schools of study which offer graduate and postgraduate qualifications, degrees, diplomas and certificates in several subject areas.


Waiariki Academy of Sport (WAOS) offers talented athletes the opportunity to prioritise their sport while gaining a tertiary education. Similarly, Waiariki Academy of Singing and Music (WASM) supports talented young singers and musicians to reach their musical goals while studying.

  • School of Business and Tourism – (Māori: 'Te Kura Taki')
  • School of Computing, Technology and Communications – (Māori: 'Te Kura Pärongo')
  • School of Forestry and Primary Industries – (Māori: 'Te Kura Takawäö')
  • School of Nursing and Health Studies – (Māori: 'Te Puna Whai Ora')
  • School of Trade Training – (Māori: 'Te Kura Mahi-ä -Rehe ')
  • Te Wānanga a Ihenga
  • Waiariki Academy of Sport
  • Waiariki Academy of Singing and Music

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