Funding cuts to regional job opportunities

Posted By TEU on Jun 28, 2012 |


Data from the Tertiary Education Commission shows that government funding for metropolitan based polytechnics has fallen by 1 percent between 2010 and 2011, but it fell by a massive 11 percent, or $32 million, for regional polytechnics over the same period.

With the exception of Eastern Institute of Technology, which merged with Tairāwhiti Polytechnic last year, every polytechnic not based in one of New Zealand’s five largest cities lost at least $2 million of government grants in the last recorded financial years.

TEU’s national president Sandra Grey says the regional polytechnics are in an invidious spiral.

“Their task is to provide a broad diverse range of skills and knowledge to their local communities. But for several years they have taken the brunt of the government’s budget cuts, been told to compete with private providers who can cherry pick their students and take only the best, and have been asked to deliver more measurable outcomes with fewer resources. The commitment of polytechnics to the diverse needs of their local community means they cannot specialise and rationalise in the way other providers can. So they are punished for doing the job they were created to do – publicly providing all local people with skills and training they need in their own community. We should be rewarding these polytechnics for saving us from the worst effects of the global financial crisis, but instead we are punishing them.”

Government grants for ITPs 2008 2009 2010 2011 2010-2011
Audited Audited Audited Audited Difference
($m) ($m) ($m) ($m) ($m) Percentage

METRO

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology 47.5 48.8 49.9 52 2.1 4.2%
Manukau Institute of Technology 47 56.9 62.6 57.8 -4.8 -7.7%
Otago Polytechnic 32.9 33 33.8 31.5 -2.3 -6.8%
Unitec New Zealand 66.8 76.8 79.1 79.2 0.1 0.1%
Waikato Institute of Technology 47 46.6 46.1 49.5 3.4 7.4%
Wellington Institute of Technology 29.8 32.4 33.6 32.3 -1.3 -3.9%
Whitireia Community Polytechnic 24.9 26.8 26.9 26.5 -0.4 -1.5%
TOTAL 295.9 321.3 332 328.8 -3.2 -1.0%
             

REGIONAL

           
Aoraki Polytechnic 18.1 21.8 21.6 17.3 -4.3 -19.9%
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic 22.9 30.9 27.9 25.9 -2 -7.2%
Eastern Institute of Technology plus Tairawhiti 33 38.7 40.3 41 0.7 1.7%
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology 26.5 25.8 25.7 22.6 -3.1 -12.1%
Northland Polytechnic 27.7 31 31.4 27.4 -4 -12.7%
Southern Institute of Technology 30.4 33.3 35.4 30.5 -4.9 -13.8%
Tai Poutini Polytechnic 19 22.2 21.1 17.8 -3.3 -15.6%
Universal College of Learning 35.1 35.7 35.9 31.5 -4.4 -12.3%
Waiariki Institute of Technology 24.8 27.1 30.6 25.9 -4.7 -15.4%
Western Institute of Technology Taranaki 14.7 16.4 17.7 15.4 -2.3 -13.0%
TOTAL 252.2 282.9 287.6 255.3 -32.3 -11.2%
             
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand 37.8 40.1 47 40.6 -6.4 -13.6%
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