Introducing Te Pūkenga – The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Unitec became a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga on 1 April 2020. Te Pūkenga is the organisation responsible for ensuring equity and excellence for all New Zealanders in vocational education.  
Te Pūkenga will offer a nationally recognised way of learning that’s more accessible and flexible and will help ensure your learning is more in tune with where the world is heading.

Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari te toa takitini

Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many

Vocational education in Aotearoa – New Zealand is changing to put learners at the centre of everything we do.

This is a really exciting time to be learning and working with us.

Because right now, Unitec is helping to build a training system that fits around your life and communities, allowing you to access the skills needed to make the most of your future.

When you choose to study with Unitec, you have the strength of Te Pūkenga – the country’s largest tertiary provider - behind you.

Te Pūkenga is a national network of polytechnics, industry training organisations and institutes of technology including Unitec.

The mahi to bring all these different organisations from across the country together to deliver the best outcomes for all students has been a big effort.

We had to make sure we had heard the views, ideas and lived experience of the thousands learning, working and relying on our sector.

From the beginning of 2023, we will take another big step forward in this journey when the national network comes becomes a single body forming one of the largest tertiary institutions in the world. 

We want our students to understands what this means for them.
Find the answers to some of the key questions about the transition here

Te Pukenga values

Manawa nui | We reach out and welcome in

Manawa nui describes a person or group’s behaviours that embody manaakitanga, humility, patience, respect, tolerance and compassion.

Manawa roa | We learn and achieve together

Manawa roa describes a person or group’s behaviours that embody staying power, resilience, fortitude, grit and doing what needs to be done to achieve the collective goal.

Manawa ora | We strengthen and grow the whole person

Manawa ora describes a person or group’s behaviours that embody breathing life into all aspects of another life form.

Te Pūkenga educational priorities

Te Pūkenga has five priorities guiding our work:

  • A relentless focus on equity and ensuring participation – we honour and uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all we do.
  • Delivering customised learning approaches that meet the needs of learners and trainees wherever they are.
  • Using our size and scale to strengthen the quality and range of education delivery throughout Aotearoa.
  • Excellence in educational provision for all.
  • Services that meet the specific regional needs of employers and communities.
  • Transition educational services in a smooth and efficient manner.

Te Pūkenga charter outcomes

Ngā otinga e wawatangia ana | Our desired outcomes.

How successful we are performing will be measured by how well we meet the expectations of our Charter.
Te Pūkenga is grounded in nine outcomes that reflect our Charter:

  1. Give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all that we do.
  2. Provide exceptional learning experiences and equitable outcomes for Māori.
  3. Be learner centred. Recognise the diverse and unique needs of all learners, with a focus on the unmet needs of Māori, Pacific and disabled learners, and staff, to empower diversity, belonging, and wellbeing.
  4. Partner with employers to deliver relevant work-integrated education that meets skills needs.
  5. Be responsive and empowering to staff and learners.
  6. Become a connected and future focussed education provider driven by innovation, collaboration, research, data driven decision-making and teaching excellence.
  7. Delivering regional flexibility and nationally consistent outcomes. Create-barrier free access, mobility across, and clear pathways within the network for learners.
  8. Become a sustainable network of provision creating social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing.
  9. Focus on efficient and cost-effective delivery across the network.

Further information is available at Te Pūkenga website.