Whitireia New Zealand

    Whitireia New Zealand
    Established on: 1986

    Whitireia New Zealand is a polytechnic institute located in Porirua, New Zealand. It was founded in 1986 and offers a range of certificate, diploma, and degree programs in various fields, including business, computing, creative technologies, engineering, health, and social services.

    Whitireia is a government-owned and supported technological tertiary institute noted for its strong student success rates and ethnically diversified student body. Whitireia, founded in 1986 on the banks of Porirua Harbour, has evolved to become the tertiary institution of choice for over 6,200 students (about 3,440 equivalent full-time students) who attend one of three modern campuses in Porirua, Wellington, or Auckland.

    There are over 135 programs available at the certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate, and master's levels. All programs were designed in collaboration with industry to provide good applicable credentials, and they have all been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

    NZQA has given Whitireia a Highly Confident rating for educational performance and capability in self-assessment, making Whitireia a Category 1 institution.

    The home campus of Whitireia is just 20 minutes from Wellington City; the Porirua campus boasts one of New Zealand's most beautiful sites for a tertiary institution.

    Whitireia offerings from Porirua include automotive, business, construction trades, early childhood education, hospitality, information technology, nursing, paramedic, social services, and toi poutama.

    Whitireia has a diverse student body, with students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The Polytechnic is committed to providing education and training opportunities to Maori and Pacific Island students.

    In addition, Whitireia strongly focuses on practical, hands-on learning, and many of its programs include internships or work placement opportunities to help students gain real-world experience.

    Whitireia has several campuses and learning centres throughout the Wellington region, including Porirua, Kapiti, and Lower Hutt. The polytechnic also has strong ties to the local community and works with several community organisations and businesses to provide education and training opportunities.

    In addition to its academic programs, Whitireia offers a range of support services for students, including academic advising, career counselling, and health and wellness resources. The Polytechnic is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all students and has several initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity.

    Overall, Whitireia New Zealand is a dynamic and innovative polytechnic institute dedicated to providing high-quality education and training to students in the Wellington region.

    Institution highlights

    Institution Type


    Established Year


    No of Students


    Tuition Fees for International Students Yearly

    19000-21000 NZD


    September, January, and May.

    Main intakes

    The main intakes are in September, January, and May.


    Whitireia Foundation Scholarships 2023

    Mason Publishing Scholarship 

    Penguin Random House Māori and Pacific Publishing Scholarship

    Excel Digital Scholarship

    Creative New Zealand Publishing Internships Initiative

    Andrew Mason Prize for Most Promising Editor

    Application Process/ documents needed for admission

    Academic Documents (For Bachelor)

    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th grade

    Academic Documents (For Masters)

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree and 12th grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree and 12th grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor's Degree and 12th grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor’s Degree and 12th grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor’s Degree and 12th grade

    IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores


    Experience letter

    Statement of Purpose

    Application Fees

    Proof of Scholarships - If any

    Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

    College Recommendation (if a current student)

    Language Requirement


    Minimum Score requirement(PG)

    Minimum Score requirement(UG)

    Minimum Score requirement(Lvl 5 diploma)

    TOFEL Requirements

    A score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)

    A score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

    46 (with a writing score of 20) 

    IELTS Requirements

    6.5 overall with no sub-score less than 6.0

    6.5 overall with no sub-score less than 6.0

    5.5 overall with no sub-score less than 5.0 






    Q. Can I work as a student in New Zealand?

    Yes, international students in the United Kingdom can work part-time (20 hours per week, seven days a week) throughout the academic year.

    Q. Does Whitireia New Zealand offer financial aid to International Students?

    Yes, Whitireia New Zealand offers scholarships to international students. You can find details about scholarships in our scholarship section.

    Q. What are the different intakes at Whitireia, New Zealand?

    Generally, September, January, and May are the time when intakes occur.

    Q. Are New Zealand credentials recognised internationally?

    Yes, degrees from New Zealand universities are recognised globally and are known for their educational excellence.

    Q. How can I determine the best university or college for my chosen course?

    No university or college is perfect for everyone; different places suit different people, so it depends on your preferences. 



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