Waiariki-BoPP merger open for consultation

Posted By TEU on Aug 27, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 29

Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce has opened public consultation on the proposed merger of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (BoPP) and the Waiariki Institute of Technology.

The two polytechnics submitted a business case for the merger to the minister earlier this month.

Joyce will consult until 22 September after which time he will make his decision.

The two polytechnics are both planning to disestablish and form an entirely new institution serving the total Bay of Plenty region. This differs from Aoraki and CPIT’s proposed merger which proposes disestablishing just Aoraki and building a new polytechnic from CPIT’s legal entity.

Joyce says the new entity will have a new name, identity and organisational culture.

TEU national president Sandra Grey says the union will make another detailed submission on the merger.

“The key issues for us are to make sure that the new polytechnic provides more access and learning opportunities for Bay of Plenty students, and that staff at the two current polytechnic do not lose jobs or working conditions.”

“There is no point merging if students and/or staff end up worse off, or with fewer opportunities than they have with two polytechnics,” says Grey.

Grey says the union is pleased that the business case for the merger says the institutions are both financially healthy, and cost reduction is not the primary driver behind closer collaboration considerations.

“As a result, any efficiency savings realised will be viewed as a release of resources, to be applied to activities that will improve the effectiveness of the operations of the new institution and increase its capability for improved education provision across the region,” the business case states.

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New Zealand’s oldest Pacific Education provider says it is disappointed by funding cuts, which have led to fears in the Pasifika community that it may be forced to close – Radio New Zealand

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for ‘secret court’ proceedings where national security is involved – The Law Society

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