Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay

EIT is the Eastern Institute of Technology, with its main campus in Napier while it also operates Tairāwhiti in Gisborne and an Auckland City campus. More than 100 programmes are available and EIT has established strong connections with local businesses and regional industries keeping these programmes relevant.  

As well as providing one of the most extensive ranges of degree level programmes of any institute of technology, EIT can also claim to have one of the most attractive campus and supportive learning environments in the country. The Taradale campus features superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas, ideal for study on warm Hawkes Bay days. 

EIT also operates what are called Regional Learning Centres, in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Tokomaru Bay, Waipukurau and Wairoa.  

There are a huge variety of courses you can study at EIT

More than 10,000 students study at EIT. In addition to many traditional study and trades programmes, they could be studying Visual Arts and Design, Fashion, Tourism and Travel or even Wine Science. These courses are endorsed by EIT’s ranking as one of the top two institutes of technology and polytechnics in terms of research excellence in New Zealand.  

EIT encourages participation in its Youth Guarantee programme, and has grown numbers of students significantly on this and in its Trades Academy in the last few years. Backing both is a strong student support programme which is working, and has seen course completion rates grow with its roll. 

Accommodation is available for students at the Student Village near EIT’s Taradale Campus. This complex comprises 12 six-bedroom villas, self-catering with kitchen facilities. You need to be 18 and studying full time to get a place in the Student Village. Flatting in the Hastings-Napier area is quite reasonable compared to average prices around NZ, with a 3-bedroom house on average costing around $300-$350/week.    

Find out more about the EIT Student Village  

EIT is able to offer a range of scholarships, and in particular provides eligible Year 13 students from Hick’s Bay to Taupo and Dannevirke free tuition for one year through their Year 13 Degree Scholarships.  

The Hawke’s Bay region is a quality tourist and lifestyle destination, with a temperate climate, long hot summers and relatively cool winters. With great beaches and the facilities of two medium-sized cities – Napier and Hastings - the East Coast is a really pleasant environment to live, work and study in. The regional horticultural and winegrowing industry can also provide valuable part-time work or students. 

Tairāwhiti EIT’s Gisborne Campus 

EIT’s Tairāwhiti Campus offers over 60 programmes from certificates to diplomas to degrees, as well as a number of trade courses that lead to further training and employment opportunities.  

The campus enjoys deep links with local businesses, and courses are not just relevant to the needs of the region but often lead to employment directly after completing courses. Similar strong links with iwi ensure the range of Maori programmes such as Toihoukura (Contemporary Maori Visual Arts and Design) are well regarded and well supported.  

Check out the programmes available at the Tairāwhiti Gisborne Campus 

 The campus caters for around 1500 students in its modern redeveloped facilities in Gisborne, and some of the country’s best beaches and surf breaks lie just a few minutes drive from campus. Accommodation in Gisborne is very reasonable in comparison to other cities, with an average 3-bedroom houses renting for $250-$280/week. The campus does not provide accommodation.  

Programmes on offer at EIT: 




Arts and Design

 Health & Sport Science

 Screen Production 

Beauty, Body and Hairdressing


 Short Courses and Industry Training



 Social Sciences 

Community Health  

 Māori Studies 

 Sport and Recreation 


 Māori Art & Design


Creative Studies


 Te Ūranga Waka & Te Whatukura




English Language


 Trades and Technology






 Wine Science and Viticulture 

Health Professions

 Postgraduate Study 

 Veterinary Nursing 





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