The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) has announced that its new head office will be in Hamilton.
The Hamilton bid was a joint one from Hamilton City Council, Te Waka Ltd (Waikato’s Regional Economic Development Agency), Waikato-Tainui and the Waikato Chamber of Commerce.
In a story posted on its website today, NZIST Council Chair Murray Strong said that the Hamilton bid partners put forward a very strong case for the Head Office to be located in Hamilton.
“Hamilton clearly demonstrated that it understood the Government’s vision for tertiary education. They also demonstrated their strong relationships between local government, iwi and central government and a commitment to learners.
“The strength of Māori business networks was evident as was their commitment to equity for Māori and underserved learners. Their proposal included a warm and sincere welcome and offer of partnership from the Kīngitanga and Waikato Tainui,” Mr Strong said.
NZIST also said that Hamilton is also highly accessible with six NZIST subsidiaries in the vicinity. It has a wide reach to learners and businesses and reflects the diversity of the New Zealand economy.