Waiariki Institute of Technology was a tertiary institution based in the city of Rotorua, New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty region in the central North Island. In May 2016, it merged with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to form Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
Regional campuses existed in Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane, and formerly Turangi and Kawerau. These were backed by a variety of specialist campuses and buildings, such as the Waipa Campus just south of Rotorua and the newly established offerings available from Waiariki in the Tauranga suburb of Windermere.
Waiariki was divided into three faculties, which offered masters, graduate, postgraduate and degree qualifications, as well as diplomas and certificates in several subject areas. They were the Faculty of Applied Technology and Primary Industries – Te Kura Takawāo, the Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Creative Arts – Te Kura Taki, and Te Pākaro a Ihenga: Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities.
Qualification subject areas included nursing, teaching, social work, art, sustainability, Māori, forestry, business, computing, tourism and hospitality. These were backed by an equally diverse range of trade-based qualifications, in areas such as engineering, agriculture, horticulture, fashion, carpentry and hairdressing.
Accommodation arranged through Waiariki includes homestay with a New Zealand family or Waiariki House, a hostel located in the heart of Rotorua. The other accommodation option is flatting (sharing a house with others) that you would arrange through a private rental accommodation agency. Waiariki has recently purchased a holiday park next door to the campus and future plans include on-site student accommodation.
195 NZ$/week Home stay
165 NZ$/week Hostel single room > 6 mnths
135 NZ$/week Hostel double room > 6 mnths
125 NZ$/week Hostel triple room > 6 mnths
Programs and courses offered
- Business Information Systems
- Bachelor of Applied Management – Accounting
- National Diploma in Agribusiness Management
- Certificate in Agriculture & Farm Maintenance
- New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery & Infrastructure) (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)
- New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3)