Revving up the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Trans­port is­sues have been solved for many Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents in Toko­roa.

The ter­tiary provider is ex­tend­ing its trans­port as­sis­tance to stu­dents in Toko­roa.

With cam­puses in Ro­torua, Whakatane, Taupo and Toko­roa, Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy has been sup­port­ing stu­dents with trans­port for sev­eral years in Ro­torua and in 2013 tri­alled bring­ing in stu­dents from Whakatane and Kaw­erau on a daily bus ser­vice.

This year the re­gional trans­port sub­sidised ser­vice is be­ing ex­tended to in­clude Toko­roa and Taupo, sub­ject to de­mand, while in Ro­torua, Wa­iariki stu­dents will – on the pro­duc­tion of their stu­dent ID – be en­ti­tled to free use on the City Ride in­ner city bus route Mon­day to Fri­day.

The whole of re­gion ap­proach supports the in­sti­tute’s vi­sion of as­pir­ing to be known for its ca­pa­bil­ity to de­velop in­di­vid­ual po­ten­tial and en­able its stu­dents to ex­cel through strong re­gional links with busi­ness, iwi and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘This al­lows, and will con­tinue to al­low, our re­gional stu­dents to live in the re­gions and be able to progress their stud­ies to higher lev­els on our main cam­pus at Mokoia, or take up spe­cific stud­ies not avail­able in the re­gions,’’ Richard Bird, di­rec­tor of Stu­dent and Staff Sup­port Wa­iariki, says.

‘‘We un­der­stand that trans­port, and the cost of it, can be a bar­rier to many of our cur­rent and prospec­tive stu­dents and we are al­ways in­ter­ested in find­ing ways to sup­port and en­cour­age our stu­dents to reach their ed­u­ca­tional goals.’’



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