Introducing Te Pūkenga

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. Learn more about Te Pūkenga

What Te Pūkenga will mean for new students from January 2023

You might be thinking about your next step, such as studying for the first time, upskilling, or retraining.

We want to help you navigate that process.

  • Unitec is still your first port of call. We’re here to talk with you about your options.
  • Unitec can also help if you need information about other courses that are available across Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Learning and training options in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland will continue to be offered. In fact, there may be more opportunities to learn a wider range of subjects as Te Pūkenga brings together our network of teachers and industry leaders.
  • Te Pūkenga is creating a unified network of polytechnics and industry training organisations to give you the benefit of the strengths of the whole network in our local region.

    What Te Pūkenga will mean for existing students from January 2023

We want to help you fit learning around your life.

  • The aim is to make learning in/on Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland more connected with other parts of the country to give you more flexibility in what, where, and how you learn.
  • Your learning and training won’t just take place in a classroom – we’ll guide and support you into real workplaces.

We’ll help you find a way of learning that works best for you.

  • This might be on-job learning, where you’ll learn while you work alongside an employer.
  • It might be online learning, to fit around your other responsibilities, such as work or caring for your whānau.
  • It might be campus-based learning, where you can test new skills and access services to support your journey.
  • Our goal is to help you get more than a qualification. We want to see you build the right skills and knowledge that you’ll need to take the next step in your job or career.
  • Let’s talk about training options in/on Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland and how we can help you take that next step.

Right now, nothing changes.

  • You’ll continue to learn in the same way, at the same place, with the same people.
  • Unitec will continue to support you to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out to discuss other ways we can help you succeed.
  • Te Pūkenga is creating a unified network of polytechnics and industry training organisations to give you the benefit of the strengths of the whole network in our local region.
  • The aim is to make learning in/on Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland more connected with other parts of the country to give you more flexibility in what, where, and how you learn.

From 1 January 2023, you’ll be enrolled as a learner at Te Pūkenga, instead of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.

  • Unitec staff will be here to talk to you and support you as you learn.
  • Unitec will keep you updated about this change as we get closer to this date.
  • You’ll still be enrolled in a nationally recognised qualification, learning locally.
  • There will always be education and training options on/in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.
  • In fact, you’ll have access to more study options than ever on/in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.
  • Most importantly, Te Pūkenga will ensure you have a positive experience and local support so you can gain the skills you need for the next step in your journey.

About Te Pūkenga

Te Pūkenga brings together 27 educational providers under a single unified network, moving from a competitive environment to one of working together. This new network will deliver a consistent quality of education across all of New Zealand by putting learners at its centre.  It aims to create ways of learning that are more in tune with where the world is heading, and that fit around people’s lives to work for everyone. 

Te Pūkenga was previously known as the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) until the new name, Te Pūkenga, was announced on 29 September 2020.s a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga, on 1 April 2020 Unitec changed it's legal name to Unitec New Zealand Limited (Unitec NZ).

There is no change to our trading name for the time being and we will continue to be known as te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka - Unitec Institute of Technology. 

Our logo, brand, email signatures and other marketing materials will not change at this stage. For day-to-day operations, it’s business as usual. 

Visit the Te Pukenga website.