Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Northland Polytechnic

Chair: Vern Dark
Chief Executive: Paul Binney
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Whangarei
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Rawene, Kaitaia, Kaikohe (Far North)
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Scheduled for June 2012
Self-assessment:
Funding by TEC
99.8% Teaching and Learning
Capability
0.2% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
21.5% Level 1–2
49.1% Level 3–4
13.5% Level 5–6
15.9% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
22.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
15.4% Health
11.5% Creative Arts
11.3% Society and Culture
10.5% Management and Commerce
28.6% Other
Delivery By Subject

The educational performance of Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec) was strong in 2011, improving across all measures compared with 2010. NorthTec remains in a healthy financial position, above TEC guidelines.

Responsiveness

During 2011 NorthTec demonstrated its service to its community through the opening of Te Wānanga O Aotearoa facilities within NorthTec’s main campus in Raumanga, Whangarei. This collaboration will enhance accessibility of tertiary education to students in the region. NorthTec also formed an alliance with Taratahi Agricultural Training centre enabling NorthTec to offer full National Certificate training in a number of farming skills. It also entered into an agreement with Unitec for NorthTec to deliver the final year of Unitec’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).

NorthTec’s delivery for 2011 was focused on Levels 1–2 (22%) and Levels 3–4 (49%). However, enrolments across Level 3–4 decreased by five percentage points, while enrolments at Levels 7–8 increased from 14 percent of total enrolments in 2010 to 16 percent in 2011. The main fields of study were Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (23%) and Health (15%).

Māori students were well represented at NorthTec, with their proportion (46% of enrolments) above ITP sector averages and the region’s demography. Pasifika and youth participation, while below the ITP sector average, broadly reflected the local region.

NorthTec met the majority of the key performance indicators outlined in its Statement of Service Performance. Where it did not meet a target, NorthTec still improved on its 2010 performance.

Effectiveness

In 2011 the effectiveness of NorthTec’s education delivery was evidenced in NorthTec achieving above the ITP sector average against three of the four educational performance indicators, with student progression the only indicator to be below the average. These results generally improved in 2011, with the largest increase in qualification completions (8%). NorthTec’s course completion, qualification completion and student retention by Māori and Pasifika students were all above the ITP sector average, while performance by under-25-year-olds was below the average for all indicators except student retention.

NorthTec’s external evaluation and review is scheduled for June 2012. In the meantime, NorthTec retains its Quality Assured status.

NorthTec received 0.02 percent of the 2011 total allocation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), the same proportion as in 2010. It earned no PBRF-eligible external research income in 2011, the same as in 2010.

Capability

In 2011 the NorthTec council re-assessed the capability of its membership following the reconstitution of ITP councils, which had restricted council-appointed members to an initial term of one year. The assessment resulted in the NorthTec council deciding to retain its existing members.

In 2011 NorthTec reported a net surplus of 3.0 percent ($1.1 million), down on the 4.5 percent surplus achieved in 2010. NorthTec’s total revenue fell by 9.5 percent ($3.8 million) from 2010 to 2011, including a $4.0 million (12.7%) decrease in government revenue.

In 2011 NorthTec applied for the transfer of the Crown-titled land and buildings at its Raumanga, Kaitaia and Rawene sites, which form about two-thirds by value of the institution’s land and buildings. NorthTec also sought the disposal, with the retention of the net proceeds, of its Dargaville campus. At year end this application remained under consideration.

NorthTec's capital expenditure (is expected to remain steady at around $3 million annually over the next ten years, with the majority to refurbish and replace assets. In 2012 a one-off purchase of IT equipment (approx $0.4 million) is planned, followed by one-off expenditure on non-residential buildings of about $1.3 million in 2013.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance NorthTec ITP sector 
Students under 25 37% 51%
Māori 46% 21%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All  79% 78%
Students under 25 75% 76%
Māori 74% 70%
Pasifika 75% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  NorthTec ITP sector 
All 64% 63%
Students under 25 54% 57%
Māori 54% 54%
Pasifika 67% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the NorthTec region, 31% were identified as Māori and 19% as under the age of 25 years.  Pasifika population figures were unavailable. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of ITP sector
EFTS 2,961 2,826 2,757 4%
Students 7,652 6,444 4,997 4%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 72% 77% 79% 78%
Qualification Completion 44% 56% 64% 63%
Student Retention 46% 52% 53% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 34% 27% 27% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 4.9% 4.5% 3.0% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 106.2% 115.2% 112.2% 111.0%
Liquid funds 12.1% 24.1% 28.4% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 4.7% 8.1% 9.9% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $31,028 $31,354 $27,372 76%
Domestic student fees $4,601 $5,610 $6,481 18%
International student fees $1,530 $1,133 $852 2%
Other income (including research) $1,778 $1,660 $1,296 4%
Total revenue $38,937 $39,757 $36,001 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $20,850 $21,212 $20,209 58%
Total expenses $37,036 $37,986 $34,921 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $1,901 $1,771 $1,080  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $36,568 $38,010 $38,977 80%
Total Assets $43,675 $47,578 $48,894 100%
Equity (net assets) $39,090 $43,768 $44,848  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $2,135 $5,480 $3,953  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $5,695 $1,906 $3,378  
Other        
Staffing FTE 351 330 326  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 10:1 10:1 10:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 17:1 17:1 17:1