Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Rotorua)

Until 2016, the Waiariki Institute of Technology based in Rotorua had been the established provider of tertiary training and education in the Central and Western Bay of Plenty, with additional campuses in Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane. By making practical education a priority, Waiariki built a deserved reputation for producing work-ready and employable graduates.

From May 2016 the 7000-student strong institute merged with the former Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and now is known as as the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

This new entity caters for the entire Bay of Plenty, providing a wider range of courses than each was able to offer individually. Similarly, students stand to benefit from the wider range of partnerships (with business, trade organisations, universities, other polytechnics) the two institutes bring to Toi Ohomai.

Making your life easier with free travel to campus

Toi Ohomai makes life easier for its students by providing free bus transport to and from its main campuses in Rotorua, with return transport provided daily between these and the Taupo, Whakatane and Tokoroa campuses. Similarly, bus transport around Rotorua is also free to enrolled students.

See what is taught or offered at each campus.

From out of Rotorua and don’t want to travel every day? Look into the Tangatarua Hall of Residence which is right alongside the main Mokoia Campus. 

Toi Ohomai has a strong focus on training and upskilling for Maori and Pafisika students. One example is their SkillME programme providing courses at Certificate level to get you underway with your training or studies.

There are a range of scholarships available to Toi Ohomai students to assist with the costs of your studies so these are definitely worth looking at. There is plenty of assistance available from the Scholarship Administrator.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology courses:

Getting you started

Business Communication & Computing Careers


Māori Studies Careers


Social Sciences & Teaching Careers

Business Administration   Maori Studies   Early Childhood
Business Management       Professional Mentoring
Communications And Writing       Social Work
Computing       Tertiary Teaching

Creative Careers


Nursing & Health Careers


Sustainability, Forestry & Agriculture Careers

Art   Health Studies   Agriculture
Beauty Therapy   Nursing   Environmental Studies
Fashion   Occupational Health And Safety   Forest Management
Hairdressing       Forestry Operations
Interior Design       Horticulture
Music       Wood Manufacturing

Culinary, Hospitality & Tourism Careers


Sports (Applied)


Trades & Technical Careers

Culinary Arts And Patisserie       Automotive
Hospitality       Carpentry
Tourism Management       Electrical
Tourism Operations       Engineering And Welding

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