• Culinary Arts, Baking and Hospitality

    Culinary Arts (Level 5)

    Learning how to prepare food in order to bring people together was Malkit Singh’s core inspiration to enrol in Toi Ohomai’s Diploma in Culinary Arts.

    While discovering new culinary skills and adapting from cooking Indian to Kiwi/European cuisine, Malkit landed a part-time role as a chef at Lone Star Rotorua – a role which has now become full-time since completing his qualification. 

    “Being a chef is a noble job.…

  • Culinary Arts, Baking and Hospitality

    Culinary Arts (Level 5)

    Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is one of Rotorua’s elite tourist experiences and an avid employer of the graduates of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

    In fact, with the retreat’s multi award-winning Mokoia Restaurant, it may surprise many to learn that the kitchen staff achieving this success are Toi Ohomai alumni.

    “Our group has been big supporter of Toi Ohomai for many years,” says Terry Hammond, group general manager of Wai…

  • Creative, Fashion

    Bachelor of Creative Industries

    Fashion design was always a passion for Lyndon Sheehan. A self-described “skater kid”, he was making his own stencils and sewing them onto t-shirts as a teenager.

    Now, the 29-year-old has formalised that passion with a Bachelor of Creative Industries and is already making waves in the fashion world by taking out two awards at the recent Hokonui Design Awards.

    Lyndon’s garments, an on-trend collection in both aesthetic and social…

  • Legal Studies

    New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (Level 6)

    Study never comes without its challenges but Terri Cleghorn faced more than most whilst studying a Legal Executive Diploma at Toi Ohomai.

    As well as dealing with a recent separation and caring for her two young daughters, Terri sadly lost her father while studying.

    She now works as a registered legal executive in the estates team at Harmans Lawyers in Christchurch and her favourite part of the job is helping clients during what…

  • Bridging and Foundation Skills, Health Care

    "Losing my youngest daughter last year was my inspiration to study at Toi Ohomai (then known as Waiariki Institute of Technology) in Kawerau. She had a rare liver disease called biliary atresia and fought for 17 months in Starship Hospital. I was her personal nurse for that time."

    Tessa Thornton is just one of the many young lives being given renewed direction through local delivery of Toi Ohomai’s Certificate in Smart Study and the…

  • Legal Studies

    Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice

    "I studied and completed the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice (Level 7), through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, in 2016."

    "I am based in Christchurch so I studied the programme extramurally. It was an academically challenging but extremely interesting year. Despite it being distance learning, I have made many very close friends, who are based all over the world. They are now professional colleagues in the…

  • Sport and Recreation

    Three years ago, Roly Williams could not have imagined how his life would work out. Having worked for nineteen years as a rigger and scaffolder for Riteway Rigging in Kawerau, one day he and his wife Evaleigh searched on the internet for local fitness courses and found the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (then known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) programme for the Certificate of Fitness (Level 4) in Whakatāne.

    It was a perfect choice…

  • Sport and Recreation

    Tanaya Laws is passionate about her job at MumFit Whakatāne. Most of all, she enjoys "being surrounded by mums who have chosen to instil fitness into their lifestyles." Determined, positive and energetic, Tanaya is able to make the most of her talents and warm personality in an accepting and encouraging environment that genuinely cares about the health and well-being of mothers and children.

    Having two children herself, Tanaya…

  • Legal Studies

    Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice

    "It’s all about helping people"

    Howie Yin first came to New Zealand 14 years ago as an international student, but knew almost straight away that he wanted to make this country his home.

    Following his business degree, Howie worked for the New Zealand Police for seven years, including as the Asian Liaison Officer, as well as getting involved in a number of community and professional organisations, and participating in the Auckland…

  • Tourism and Travel

    New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5)

    "I really enjoyed my study – that it wasn’t all bookwork, but was quite hands-on too."

    Tori’s qualification has worked out perfectly for her: she’d always wanted to do this job. Following her graduation, Tori joined Orbit Travel, starting as a Processor, supporting the Consultants in developing travel packages and quotes for their clients. However it didn’t take long before she moved into a Consultant role herself, and dealing with…