Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Chair: Graeme McNally
Chief Executive: Allan Sargison
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Reefton, Hamilton, Westport, Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Invercargill, Wanaka
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Not yet Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
13.2% Level 1–2
60.9% Level 3–4
25.9% Level 5–6
Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
24.6% Architecture and Building
22.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
18.4% Creative Arts
11.4% Management and Commerce
7.4% Health
15.3% Other
Delivery By Subject

Tai Poutini Polytechnic improved its overall educational performance in 2011, but was below the ITP sector average on some measures. Tai Poutini’s financial performance was mixed, and included recording a small loss for 2011.


In 2011 Tai Poutini increased its focus on and commitment to meeting the needs of the West Coast’s residents, industries and businesses. In December, Tai Poutini held a forum for community and business leaders in the Buller region as part of plans to strengthen provision in that area. Tai Poutini is enhancing access by learners in remote areas and with disabilities through greater use of e-learning, improving access to its student learning centres and ensuring library services reach dispersed campuses. Tai Poutini also developed its Westport campus to make it more student-centric.

In 2011 all of Tai Poutini’s delivery was focused at Levels 1–6, with 61 percent at Levels 3–4. Qualifications were mainly delivered in the Architecture and Building (25%) and Engineering and Related Technologies (23%) fields of study. The qualification with the most enrolments in 2011 was the National Certificate in Scaffolding (Elementary), a Level 3 qualification, comprising 13 percent of Tai Poutini’s provision.

In 2011 Māori and Pasifika students made up 25 percent and eight percent of total enrolments respectively. These proportions are much higher than the West Coast’s Māori and Pasifika populations, largely because of Tai Poutini delivering a large portion of its training in South Auckland. Participation by students aged under 25 was below the ITP sector average, but increased by three percentage points from 2010.


In 2011, the effectiveness of Tai Poutini’s education delivery was evidenced by achieving above the ITP sector average for course completions. Tai Poutini was below the ITP sector average for the other three performance indicators. These results are affected by a programme mix that includes specialised delivery, and despite this there were improvements across these indicators when compared with 2010. Performance by the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and students under the age of 25) was above the ITP sector average for course and qualification completions, but below average for student retention and progression.

NZQA completed Tai Poutini’s external evaluation and review in 2011. It gave the institution a ‘confident’ rating for its educational performance and a ’not yet confident‘ rating for the methods and processes that Tai Poutini uses for continuous self-assessment.


In 2011 the Tai Poutini 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 Tai Poutini council deciding to appoint three new members.

In 2011 Tai Poutini reported a net deficit of 0.2 percent ($46,000), compared with the 2.3 percent surplus achieved in 2010. Tai Poutini’s total revenue decreased by 8.8 percent ($2.3 million) from 2010 to 2011, including $3.3 million (15.8%) less government revenue. Tai Poutini also incurred significant costs from the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on its Christchurch-based provision.

Tai Poutini's capital expenditure is expected to average around $1.5 million annually over the next ten years. All of this is forecast to be spent replacing and refurbishing existing assets.

TES Priorities

2011 Performance Tai Poutini ITP sector 
Students under 25 41% 51%
Māori 25% 21%
Pasifika 8% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Tai Poutini ITP sector 
All  79% 78%
Students under 25 78% 76%
Māori 78% 70%
Pasifika 78% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Tai Poutini ITP sector 
All 57% 63%
Students under 25 64% 57%
Māori 58% 54%
Pasifika 64% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Tai Poutini region, 12% were identified as under the age of 25 years. Māori and 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 2,138 2,219 1,974 3%
Students 9,599 7,768 5,365 4%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 73% 79% 79% 78%
Qualification Completion 44% 47% 57% 63%
Student Retention 26% 32% 36% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 18% 21% 17% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 1.8% 2.3% -0.2% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 107.7% 111.3% 106.6% 111.0%
Liquid funds 21.7% 11.1% 19.3% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 6.2% 7.2% 12.6% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Total government revenue $22,226 $21,141 $17,797 73%
Domestic student fees $3,879 $4,456 $4,097 17%
International student fees $0 $0 $0 0%
Other income (including research) $1,403 $1,091 $2,454 10%
Total revenue $27,509 $26,688 $24,348 100%
Personnel $15,854 $16,482 $15,300 63%
Total expenses $27,133 $26,064 $24,394 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $484 $624 -$46  
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $13,817 $16,328 $15,570 72%
Total Assets $21,307 $21,780 $21,586 100%
Equity (net assets) $17,889 $18,699 $18,636  
Net cashflow from operations $1,873 $2,809 $1,491  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $2,444 $4,318 $1,067  
Staffing FTE 201 185 211  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 11:1 12:1 11:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 15:1 19:1 17:1