Meet the international representative of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) in our office on Thursday 24th November 2016 from 3.00 pm on wards. Student interviews and admissions will be conducted. Please contact 011 431 9027 for appointment. Please bring original documents.
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand.
We are home to over 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff and we offer more than 150 programmes ranging from certificate to post-graduate level.
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.
The Story Behind our Name
Toi Ohomai means to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning.
Our name was gifted to us by iwi. It has a story that has been woven from our whakapapa, history and the aspirations of our communities. It is a representation of institutional excellence that supports innovation, connectedness and motivates and inspires the people of the region.
Toi is the pinnacle of achievement. It inspires the pursuit of excellence. It is also a reference to Toi-te-huatahi and Toi Kai-rākau – a common eponymous ancestor of iwi across the region.
Ohomai is an awakening, to be alert and to create a shift in mindset. It is moving from a place of disillusionment to enlightenment and becoming transformed. It is also a reference to Ohomairangi, an eponymous ancestor of Te Arawa and Tainui.
Mai also represents the geographical markers of the region in which Toi Ohomai operates, Mai Maketū ki Tongariro, mai i ngā Kuri a Whārei ki Tihirau, tae atu ki te Kaokaoroa a Patatere – it acknowledges the Mana Whenua, the place of learning for the students and also the place and space from which students originate and come from, their iwi, their community, in the region and across the country.
Toi Ohomai’s five main campuses are in Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatane. We teach from more than 68 delivery sites around the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato.