The Whitireia Auckland campus was established in 2002 with a focus on providing academic programmes to speakers of English as a second language. The campus initially offered the New Zealand Diploma in Business and English language programmes and had 200 international students enrolled by the end of the year.
By the end of 2010, the campus had over 1200 students enrolled in a wide range of programmes of international relevance drawn from the Whitireia programme portfolio. These included the Bachelor of Applied Business Studies with five optional majors, the Bachelor in Information Technology with two optional majors, and Diplomas in Hospitality Management, Business, Information Technology and Early Childhood Education with programmes in Professional Cookery and International Tourism scheduled to start in September 2011.
Whitireia is the second largest provider of international education amongst the ITPs in New Zealand and, in addition to students based in New Zealand, has over 600 students studying with partner institutions and Universities in other countries. Students have one of the highest success rates across all ITPs, sitting above ITPs benchmarks. This success is based on the tailoring of delivery to meet the specific needs of international students with small class sizes (average of 18), embedded English language programmes, a full-time study centre and pastoral care staff with multiple languages and a deep understanding of the cultures of our international students.
In 2011, the campus at 450 Queen Street increased to double its size and was fully renovated to accommodate up to 2000 students.
Whitireia Community Polytechnic is set to expand in 2002 – both upwards and outwards. Enrolments at the Porirua polytechnic increased by 70 per cent in six years which has put pressure on buildings and facilities. Chief executive Deirdre Dale said the institution consulted community stakeholders, including staff, students and tangata whenua Ngāti Toa, on how it could develop its Porirua campus.
Among the proposals was one to close Wi Neera Drive, which runs between the polytechnic and Porirua Harbour at the northern end of the city centre, so the institution could build closer to the foreshore. Ms Dale said the polytechnic was not committed to that proposal but had discussed its implications, especially for traffic and public access to the foreshore, with council officers. Ms Dale said the polytechnic would only decide what proposal to proceed with once it had evaluated feedback for the community.
However, additional space in some form was needed. That could mean going up, though only several floors. The campus is on reclaimed land and is almost entirely single-storey. Ms Dale said the land’s reclaimed status ruled out tower blocks. The polytechnic was established in 1986 and had grown in an ad-hoc manner since.
A 35-strong dance troupe from the Whitireia Performing Arts group leaves shortly for dance festivals in Europe. The group will give 30 performances in just 20 days at seven festivals in Belgium and Northern France. The group is giving a farewell concert on Anzac Day, 7:30 pm at Pataka, Porirua's Museum Of Arts & Cultures. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Also performing at the concerts are two of last year's graduates, Waiana Karepa and Fati Tagatam who are leaving New Zealand to take up permanent positions with the Drums of Polynesia Dance Company in Miami.
Finding herself in a camera
Kāpiti Observer 27.04.2002 by K Gurunathan
Being a stranger in a strange land helped Japanese Mizuho Nishioka understand the universal language of loneliness - and empathy that won the Mel Philips Photo School student first and third placing at the recent YWCA Women's Photography Competition. "When I first came I was very very lonely. Being a minority I looked for others the same as me," says Mizuho, who was given a camera as a child.
Why did this Tokyo lass choose to study in Kāpiti New Zealand? "I found the school through the internet. It was the only one starting a course in July last year. I am very lucky as it has been a very good choice."
Mel Philips who runs the school with Marie-Jean Mills and in partnership with Whitireia Community Polytechnic, says since the school has been advertised on the internet they have also had students from Hong Kong, Chile and North America. What's the future for Mizuho when the course finishes at the end of next month? "The school has given me knowledge and confidence. I would like some working experience in photography in this country," she says.