Annual Research Symposium

Every year we hold a research symposium that aims to bring together our faculty and faculty from other tertiary providers. The symposium involves a wide range of presenters, submissions, presentations, and exhibitions. It’s always an exciting and inspiring time where we discuss challenges and opportunities while showcasing the variety of interdisciplinary and collaborative research already taking place.


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WWOPRS 2018: November

The 2018 Whitireia and WelTec Research Symposium were held on 22 November 2018 at the WelTec Petone campus. Subtitled Knowledge Through Diversity, the symposium featured 75 extracts, with researchers from Whitireia and WelTec being joined by their colleagues from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Manukau Institute of Technology, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and keynote speaker from Massey University.

WWOPRS 2018: Abstract Booklet ​

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WWOPRS 2017: November

Whitireia and WelTec were now joined by the Open Polytechnic as official co-hosts, creating a triumvirate of research for the latest instalment of the annual research symposium. The theme was Innovating for Industry & Community and the symposium was held on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Whitireia Porirua campus. In addition to presentations from the three host institutions, the symposium welcomed presenters from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand.

WWOPRS 2017: Abstract Booklet ​(986KB PDF) 

Photos from the 2017 Symposium

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WWRS 2017​: February

The 2016 Whitireia and WelTec Research Symposium was rescheduled as a result of the Wellington earthquakes and was held on 3 February 2017 at the WelTec Petone campus. Subtitled Enriching the Future, the symposium featured 53 presenters and exhibitions, with researchers from Whitireia and WelTec being joined by their colleagues from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Manukau Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

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WWRS 2015​​

In 2015, researchers from Whitireia, WelTec and the Open Polytechnic were joined by presenters from Manukau Institute of Technology, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Otago Polytechnic and Southern Institute of Technology. The theme was Emerging Enquiry, with Professor Ken Udas from the University of Southern Queensland as the keynote speaker.

WWRS 2015: Abstract Booklet ​(2.09MB PDF)

 Photos from the 2015 Symposium

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WWRS 2014​​

In 2014, researchers from Whitireia and WelTec presented at the WelTec Petone campus. The theme was Strengthening Relationships and Dr Mark Stagg of the Royal Society of New Zealand provided the keynote address Aspiration and Inspirational Research Funding and the Royal Society.

WWRS 2014: Abstract Booklet ​(660KB PDF)

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WWRS 2013

2013 was the first Joint WelTec Whitireia Research Symposium, providing staff with an opportunity to collaborate and learn more about the work of colleagues across both institutes. The joint Symposium was implemented at the start of the strategic partnership of WelTec and Whitireia. 

The theme was Making Connections with keynote speakers Professor Dennis Robinson and Dr Fiona Beals. 

WWRS 2014: Abstract Booklet (PDF 460KB)