1. How did Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology come about?
Toi Ohomai is the amalgamation of two high performing institutes – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. The two merged on 1 May 2016 to become the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand.
2. How big is Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology?
Toi Ohomai is home to almost 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff and offers more than 150 programmes over 68 delivery sites.
3. What does the new name, Toi Ohomai mean?
Toi Ohomai means to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning. The name was gifted to the institute by local iwi and is a representation of institutional excellence that supports innovation, connectedness and motivates and inspires the people of the region.
4. How will the merger help the wider Bay of Plenty?
Our legacy institutions were renowned for their many educational and business successes, their partnerships with business and industry and their passion for education. Building on those reputations, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is committed to working with our businesses, community, industries and iwi partners, to ensure our new institution meets their needs, and most importantly your needs, our students.
Due to the scale of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology’s size, it also means we have the resources to do even better for the wider region – enabling delivery of the outcomes needed for the economic and social development of the Bay of Plenty. Toi Ohomai will be able to draw on the expertise and the experience of our two institutions to enhance outcomes for Māori, Pasifika, International and other priority learners.
5. Will the merger affect current students?
There will be no change in 2016 for our students. All students enrolled at our legacy institutions who did not complete their studies before 01 May 2016 will be automatically transferred to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology to complete their programme of study. All students who complete their studies after 01 May 2016 will graduate from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
Please refer to the Student FAQs for a full listing of student-centric FAQs Frequently asked questions - students.
6. Who is on the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Council?
There are eight Council members. They are Council Chair, Cathy Cooney, Deputy Chair, Michael Chapman, and Council members Colin Rangi, Ian Macrae, Ngaroma Tahana, Rahera Ohia QSM, Dr. Ryan Morrison and Dr. Tom Richardson.
7. Who will be the new CEO for the new institution?
Dr. Leon Fourie has been appointed as the new CEO for Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. His first day with the institute is on 12 December 2016. Until that time, our Interim CE is Dr. Neil Barns.
8. Will the merger result in redundancies or changes to staff roles?
No immediate changes are planned.
9. Will roles move to different locations?
It is unlikely this would happen in the short term. Once our permanent CEO is in place institution decisions about the management and operational structure, and location, will be made.
10. Has a decision been made about where a head office will be located?
The Council expect that there will not be a ‘head office’ as such and that key functions and senior staff will work across the region.
11. How long will it take to complete the merger?
Transformation to the new institution will take two to three years.
12. How will the merger affect key relationships, such as the University of Waikato?
All partnership agreements have transferred to the new institution.
The University of Waikato will be a key partner for the new institution and we will be able to build on the collaboration and pathways which have been developed over a number of years with BoPP.
13. What are the Centres of Excellence?
Building on the strengths of our region and working with our partners, the new institution will establish Centres of Excellence around key courses and qualifications. The Centres will be linked to key regional industries, including tourism and hospitality, forestry and wood processing, marine and aquaculture, and transport and logistics.
14. Who do I contact if I would like more information?