With Mount Taranaki in the background and the wild west surfing beaches on the coast, there’s no shortage of sun, sand, surf or snow around New Plymouth.



• 3,363 students
• 3,101 domestic students
• 262 international students


There are also a number of scholarships available for WITT students to apply for. For more details check out their website www.wittworks.ac.nz

Western Institute of Technology at TaranakiArt, fashion and photography; hospitality, cooking and hairdressing; agriculture; computing; and Māori – the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) has it all. And that’s not including the ski slopes of Mt Taranaki or the beaches along Surf Highway 45. As the only tertiary education provider in the Taranaki region, WITT caters for all ages of students interested in studying for a career, developing new skills, or simply learning about something new. There are full-time and part-time courses available at all levels, from certificates to diplomas and degrees. Most are vocational which means the qualification you gain from WITT will be valuable in the workplace.

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Where is WITT?

WITT's main campus is on Bell St in New Plymouth, on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.

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How do I get into the Western Institute of Technology?

Entry requirements into WITT vary depending on the type of course you are applying for. As a general guide:

  • Certificate level courses generally require NCEA Level 1 or 2, at least three years of secondary schooling, School Certificate/Sixth Form Certificate or be at least 20 years of age with evidence of appropriate work or other experience.
  • Diploma level courses generally require NCEA Level 2, with credits in related subjects (including English and Maths), at least four years of secondary schooling, Sixth Form Certificate or be at least 20 years of age with evidence of appropriate work or other experience.
  • Degree level courses generally require NCEA Level 2, with credits in related subjects (including English and Maths), at least five years of secondary schooling, University Entrance or be at least 20 years of age with evidence of appropriate work or other experience.


What can I study?

WITT has the following degree programmes available:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Highways)
  • WITT also has a large range of certificate and diploma programmes available in the following subject areas:

  • Business and Computing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering, Trades, Oil and Gas
  • Vocational Studies
  • English (ESOL)
  • Hospitality
  • Journalism
  • Maori Language and Culture
  • Social Sciences
  • University Entrance

Find out more information about WITT's courses at www.wittworks.ac.nz



The cost of studying at WITT will depend on the course you choose to enrol in. Fees also increase from first through to third or fourth year papers and from undergraduate to graduate papers. Many programmes have additional course-related costs for items such as textbooks, tools and safety equipment.

Example of fees at WITT
Indicative only
120 point (full-time) first year bachelor degree programme

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Early Childhood Education






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The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki offers students a new style of affordable, apartment-like living. The two blocks, situated on the perimeter of the WITT campus have spacious, lifestyle accommodation, specifically designed for people who want to live in the heart of the city.

Students can choose between having their own room or share with a room-mate. Each room has a:
-bathroom - toilet, basin and shower ensuite
-double bed or twin beds
-computer desk

The accommodation blocks also have common areas and facilities which give students great opportunities to socialise or relax, away from lecture theatres or to avoid the assignments on their desk. There are also
-cafe style eating areas
-TV room, complete with large screen TV and satellite television
-big, comfortable lounge areas
-washing machines, driers and irons
-separate kitchens
-local free calls and broadband

Accommodation on Bell also caters for short-term stays. See www.accommodationonbell.co.nz


For those hunger pangs in between lectures, head to WITT’s café on campus; if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, then check in to WITT’s health clinic; and if nothing is making sense in class then ask a learning tutor for a bit of help. These are just some of the student services offered at WITT to help make your experience as a tertiary student that little bit easier.

WITT's Customer Service Team provides information and guidance on courses and assists with course selection, ensuring that students make informed choices about their future. WITT also has computer suites available to all students, where you can check your WITT email or use the internet for your studies and research.

The Tertiary Bus Service allows WITT students to travel for free on all New Plymouth urban bus services. There's also a Maori and Pasifika Centre which provides a range of cultural and pastoral support services to encourage and support Maori and Pasifika students to achieve their study goals.

The WITT Students' Association offers a number of services for students on campus including:
• Student advocacy
• Student phones
• Student A-Z Diary
• Stationery shop, and post shop
• Photocopying, colour copying and printing
• Second-hand texts and uniforms
• Microwaves
• Health Rebate Scheme
• Lost property

Make sure you pick up a Student Handboook to find out what’s on offer for you as a student at WITT.