NEWS One stop education shop under way
Bringing Waiariki Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Aotearoa under one roof is a step towards a one stop education shop in Tokoroa.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Waiariki Institute of Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see the tertiary education providers work more collaboratively in Tokoroa.
From the first semester of 2014 both tertiary education institutions will offer courses from the Ashworth Street site in Tokoroa, currently home to Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Te Wananga O Aotearoa Tainui regional manager Brad Totorewa said the development had been in the pipeline for two years.
At the signing ceremony on November 29 he said he hoped the merge would provide young people with a clearer pathway into tertiary education.
Mr Totorewa said it will be more than a landlord, tenant relationship.
‘‘Both organisations agree this isn’t about being competitive. This is about working together for the betterment of the community,’’ he said.
Waiariki Institute of Technology regional development manager for Tokoroa/Taupo district Maree Kendrick said she recognised the importance of providing education locally.
‘‘ We are looking forward to launching a new journey and putting a stake in the ground for the Tokoroa Tertiary Learning Centre in the heart of the community.’’
The location was blessed with a new name Te Patahi ki Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere – Tokoroa Tertiary Learning Centre.
Signed and sealed: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Tainui regional manager Brad Totorewa and Waiariki Institute of Technology regional development manager Maree Kendrick shake on the deal between the two education providers. Photo: SUPPLIED