Waikato Institute of Technology

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Waikato Institute of Technology
Students13,000 (EFTS & EPTS, 2019)
Location, ,
CampusCity campus, Rotokauri/Avalon campus, and Hamilton Gardens campus

The Waikato Institute of Technology, also known as Wintec, is an institute of technology based in New Zealand’s Waikato region. Wintec offers over 130 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Wintec specialises in applied tertiary training for nurses, social workers, midwives, graphic designers, performing artists, engineers, trades people, early childhood teachers, horticulturists, arborists and sport scientists. Programmes range from Level 1 to Level 9. The institute works closely with industry to ensure students have relevant skills for employment, and have a wide range of work placement opportunities.

Wintec has 13,000 full and part-time students. Over 25% of Wintec students identify as Māori, and many of their other students come from culturally diverse backgrounds from around the globe.


The institution was founded in 1924 as Hamilton Technical College. The name was changed to Waikato Technical Institute in 1968 and to The Waikato Polytechnic in 1987. The name changed again in 2001, to The Waikato Institute of Technology.[1] On 1 April 2020, Waikato Institute of Technology was subsumed into New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology alongside the 15 other Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).[2]


Wintec has three main campuses in Hamilton as well as facilities at Thames and the Otorohanga Trade Training Centre.

The institute uses three additional campuses in the Waikato region.

Wintec offers student accommodation at the City and Rotokauri campuses.[3][4][5][6]

Structure and governance[edit]

Wintec's executive team is made up of 11 executives, including the Chief Executive. The chief executive reports to Wintec's governing body, the Wintec Council.


  • Centre for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing & Hospitality
  • Centre for Business & Enterprise
  • Centre for Information Technology
  • Centre for Engineering & Industrial Design
  • Centre for Health & Social Practice
  • Centre for Languages
  • School of Media Arts
  • Centre for Applied Science & Primary Industries
  • Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance
  • Centre for Trades
  • Centre for Research & Applied Innovation
  • Centre for Education & Foundation Pathways
  • Design Factory NZ


  1. ^ "Our History". Waikato Institute of Technology. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ Kenny, Lee (29 October 2019). "Wanted: 'Sophisticated' leader to head NZ's mega polytech". Stuff. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Student Accommodation at Wintec". Waikato Institute of Technology. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  4. ^ "About Us". wintec.ac.nz. Waikato Institute of Technology. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ "History". wintec.ac.nz. Waikato Institute of Technology. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Apartments". wintec.ac.nz. Waikato Institute of Technology. Retrieved 30 January 2016.

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