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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is an amalgamation of two high performing institutions – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga, and Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. The institutions merged in May 2016 to better meet the education and employment needs of the region.

At Toi Ohomai, more than 13,000 students just like you study across nearly 86 delivery sites, having chosen their course from more than 200 study options.

With specialties in business, creative arts, engineering, forestry, health and nursing, hospitality, marine science, road transport, tourism, trades and more, there’s something for everyone. Toi Ohomai offers courses from entry level certificates right through to postgraduate level.

Toi Ohomai is a network of purposeful connections with the community and industry, together forming constellations of excellence, knowledge, people, partnerships and innovation throughout the region, united in the exchange of knowledge. Institute is one of the largest tertiary providers in the Bay of Plenty. Its five main campuses can be found throughout the beautiful Bay of Plenty and South Waikato in Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatāne.


Small class sizes with individual attention and support from the tutors

High quality teaching and a well managed facility

Partnerships with other tertiary providers - giving you more study options

Strong industry connections which link your training with the real world

A diverse range of courses and study options to suit your aspirations

Super friendly and helpful student support teams and student activities, competitions and fun stuff, all organised for you

Lifelong friends and great memories, and awesome campus facilities


There are seven faculties at Toi Ohomai, each offering a wide range of subjects that are relevant to their industry, and taught by supportive, passionate tutors.

Faculty of Business, Management, and Legal Studies

Main courses include Business and Management, Legal Studies, Real Estate, Business Administration.

Faculty Leader is Jeni Fountain. Jeni has worked in tertiary education since 2010, joining Bay of Plenty Polytechnic as a part-time tutor on the NZDipBus programme as well as teaching some of the courses offered in the legal studies group.

Faculty of Community Wellbeing and Development

Main courses include Aged Care, Community Health and Health Care, Health and Safety, Sport and Recreation, Te Reo, Tikanga and Māori Governance, English, Foundation and Bridging.

Faculty Leader is Gill Brocas. Gill has worked in the education sector for 30 years and tertiary education for the last 20, having held senior roles at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, and Toi Ohomai.

Faculty of Education, Health, Nursing, and Social Services

Main courses include Social Work, Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Nursing and Postgraduate Professional Studies.

Faculty Leader is Ruth Barnes. Ruth has an extensive background in education, academic and senior management roles, holding positions at Waiariki Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai since 2000. She’s served on many advisory boards and external review panels, and has extensive experience as a monitor, external moderator and qualification developer.

Faculty of Engineering, Creative, Technology, and Infrastructure

Main courses include Engineering diplomas, Construction Management, Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology, Computing technologies, Art, Design, Fashion, Music and Performance, Media Studies.

Faculty Leader is David Scadden. David has more than 25 years’ experience in the education field, and has been with Waiariki Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai since 2008. He is passionate about student engagement with education, ensuring steady progression and producing work-ready graduates.

Faculty of Primary Industries, Science and Environment

Main courses include Marine, Environment, Fishing and Maritime, Horticulture, Agriculture, Vet Nursing and Animal Care, Forestry, Applied Science

Faculty Leader is Carel Bezuidenhout. Carel joins faculty from Rotorua’s Scion, a Crown Research Institute, where he was Science Leader, Value Chain Optimisation. Carel led a team concentrating on improving forestry supply chains, assessing improvement opportunities and analysing national and international market forces and opportunities for the New Zealand forestry industry.

Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality, and Services Industries

Main courses include Travel, Tourism, Cookery, Bakery, Restaurant Service, Hospitality, Hairdressing, Beauty services, Retail.

Faculty Leader is Bart Vosse. Bart has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, with nearly half of that time spent in education.

Faculty of Trades and Logistics

Main courses include Construction, Automotive, Collision Repair, Electrical and Engineering trades, Transport and Distribution, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing.

Faculty Leader is Brian Dillon. Brian started off his career by obtaining a carpentry trade qualification through the New Zealand Army, which provided him a wide range of experiences. He spent time travelling and working overseas before beginning a stint of self-employment, and stepped into the world of tertiary teaching in 2000 - a move that he never imagined would turn into two or three careers.

Mokoia Campus: Mokoia Drive, Tihiotonga, Rotorua, New Zealand
Waipā Campus: Waipa Mill Bypass Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
Taupō Campus: 118 Heuheu Street, Taupō, New Zealand
Windermere Campus: 70 Windermere Drive, Poike, Tauranga, New Zealand
Tokoroa Campus: 71 Ashworth Street, Tokoroa, New Zealand
Whakatāne Campus: 33 Cutler Crescent, Whakatāne, New Zealand