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Ara to become part of Te Pūkenga

Ara Institute of Technology, Ltd will become part of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, on 1 November 2022.

Darren Mitchell, Chief Executive, says the decision to move on 1 November will enable Ara to complete the transition process well before our very busy end of year processes and activities and the Christmas closedown period.

“There’ll be no change to the day-to-day teaching and learning activities of kaimahi (staff) and ākonga (learners). All relationships with kaiako (tutors), learning support services and programmes will continue. We remain committed to providing ākonga with an exceptional learning experience that will support them into their future careers.

“Our relationships with employers, industry, and communities, are an integral part of delivering vocational education that meets the needs of learners in our wider region, and we value the work we do together to support learners. These relationships, and the mahi we achieve together, will continue. Supporting successful outcomes for learners remains our priority. That won’t change.

 “We look forward to formally acknowledging our transition from Ara with our mana whenua partners.” says Mitchell.

Te Pūkenga brings together the existing Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) into one organisation, and, over time, will develop the capability to support work-based, campus-based, and online learning as a unified system. We believe this will enable us to provide a comprehensive network of studying opportunities for our ākonga (learners), as well as increase collaboration opportunities between our programmes.