Revving up the educational sector
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.’’