Te Pūkenga

Introducing Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari te toa takitini
Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many

Vocational education in Aotearoa – New Zealand is changing to put learners at the centre of everything we do.

This is a really exciting time to be learning and working with us. Because right now, we are helping to build a training system that fits around your life and communities, allowing you to access the skills needed to make the most of your future.

When you choose to study with our institute, you have the strength of Te Pūkenga – the country’s largest tertiary provider - behind you. Te Pūkenga is a national network comprising the country’s polytechnics, ITOs and institutes of technology including MIT.

The mahi to bring all these different organisations from across the country together to deliver the best outcomes for all students has been a big effort. We had to make sure we had heard the views, ideas and lived experiences of the thousands learning, working and relying on our sector.

On 1 October 2022, MIT officially joined the national network which as a single body forms one of the largest tertiary institutions in the world.

We want our students to understand what this means for them. You can find the answers to some of the key questions about the transition on the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

See the Te Pūkenga FAQ

Te Pūkenga values

Manawa nui
We reach out and welcome in

Manawa nui describes a person or group's behaviour that embodies manaakitanga, humility, patience, respect, tolerance and compassion.

Manawa roa
We learn and achieve together

Manawa roa describes a person or group’s behaviours that embody staying power, resilience, fortitude, grit and doing what needs to be done to achieve the collective goal.

Manawa ora
We strengthen and grow the whole person

Manawa ora describes a person or group’s behaviours that embody breathing life into all aspects of another life form.

Te Pūkenga educational priorities

Te Pūkenga has five priorities guiding our work:

  • A relentless focus on equity and ensuring participation – we honour and uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all we do.
  • Delivering customised learning approaches that meet the needs of learners and trainees wherever they are.
  • Using our size and scale to strengthen the quality and range of education delivery throughout Aotearoa. Excellence in educational provision for all.
  • Services that meet the specific regional needs of employers and communities.
  • Transition educational services in a smooth and efficient manner.

Te Pūkenga charter outcomes

Ngā otinga e wawatangia ana | Our desired outcomes

How successful we are performing will be measured by how well we meet the expectations of our Charter.

Te Pūkenga is grounded in nine outcomes that reflect our Charter:

  1. Give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all that we do.
  2. Provide exceptional learning experiences and equitable outcomes for Māori.
  3. Be learner centred. Recognise the diverse and unique needs of all learners, with a focus on the unmet needs of Māori, Pacific and disabled learners, and staff, to empower diversity, belonging, and wellbeing.
  4. Partner with employers to deliver relevant work-integrated education that meets skills needs.
  5. Be responsive and empowering to staff and learners.
  6. Become a connected and future focussed education provider driven by innovation, collaboration, research, data driven decision-making and teaching excellence.
  7. Delivering regional flexibility and nationally consistent outcomes. Create-barrier free access, mobility across, and clear pathways within the network for learners.
  8. Become a sustainable network of provision creating social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing.
  9. Focus on efficient and cost-effective delivery across the network.

Further information is available through Te Pūkenga website.