About MIT

Who we are

We have been transforming the lives of our tauira (students), their whānau (families) and communities since 1970. In 2020 we celebrated our Golden Jubilee - fifty years of excellence in serving the mātauranga (education) and vocational needs of tens of thousands of tauira. Learn more and check out some great snapshots from our history here.

We are Aotearoa’s first purpose-built polytechnic and we are dedicated to South Auckland with a focus on Māori, Pasifika, and those under 25. We are proud to serve our community and be part of the hopes and aspirations of our tauira. Learn more about our plans and strategies here. Our campuses are located in the heart of industry for the skills, networks and contacts our learners need.

We are guided by our whakatauākī (proverb):

  • E kore e taea te whenu kotahi ki te raranga i te whāriki kia mōhio ai tātou ki ā tātou.
    Mā te mahi tahi ō ngā whenu, mā te mahi tahi ō ngā kairaranga, ka oti tenei whāriki.
    I te otinga me titiro tātou ki ngā mea pai ka puta mai. Ā tana wā, me titiro hoki ki ngā
    raranga i makere nā te mea, he kōrero anō kei reira. nā Kūkupa Tirikatene.

“The tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one strand alone. Only by the working together of strands and the working together of weavers will such a tapestry be completed. When it is completed, let us look at the good that comes from it. And also in time, let us look at those dropped stitches because they also convey a message.”

Values at MIT

The values of Te Whare Takiura o Manukau (MIT) are at the core of who we are and everything we do. Helping tauira  succeed and supporting people to become the best they can be is what we are Excellent at. Our mahi (work) positively impacts our tauira and communities - we call this Manaakitanga. Our kaimahi (employees) are well Connected and respected in their industries. We hire Real people who are genuine and demonstrate our values in everything they do.

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We are diverse

We celebrate the diversity and uniqueness that our kaimahi and tauira bring. We aspire to have an inclusive culture where everyone can be who they truly are and belong. We celebrate diversity and raise awareness by hosting various events throughout the year - Matarirki; Maori, Tuvalu, and other Pasifika language weeks; Ramadan; Sign Language Week; and Mental Health Awareness Week. Joining our MIT whānau means you can be yourself.


Working together: Te Pūkenga

On 1 April 2020 all the institutes of technology and polytechnics across Aotearoa merged to become one institution – Te Pūkenga Aotearoa. This change reflects the focus on collaboration across institutes to ensure the best outcome for our learners and will help us serve our communities better.

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Making a difference

Our goal is to get people into great jobs with the support of iwi, our communities, schools, employers and organisations. Our programmes are designed to meet the aspirations and provide the skills and knowledge, that learners need and employers seek. Initiatives that MIT have taken include partnerships that enrich the lives of our learners and the wider community.

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