About Us

Quality education provided in beautiful locations

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand.

We are home to more than 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff, and we offer more than 150 programmes ranging from certificate to post-graduate level.

Our History

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is an amalgamation of two high performing institutions – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga, and Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. The institutions merged in May 2016 to better meet the education and employment needs of the region.

The Story Behind our Name

Toi Ohomai means to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning.

How to pronounce Toi Ohomai:

Our name was gifted to us by iwi. It has a story that has been woven from our whakapapa, history and the aspirations of our communities. It is a representation of institutional excellence that supports innovation, connectedness and motivates and inspires the people of the region.

  • Toi is the pinnacle of achievement. It inspires the pursuit of excellence. It is also a reference to Toi-te-huatahi and Toi Kai-rākau – a common eponymous ancestor of iwi across the region
  • Ohomai is an awakening, to be alert and to create a shift in mindset. It is moving from a place of disillusionment to enlightenment and becoming transformed. It is also a reference to Ohomairangi, an eponymous ancestor of Te Arawa and Tainui.

Our Location

Toi Ohomai’s five main campuses are in Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Tokoroa, and Whakatane. We teach from more than 68 delivery sites around the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato.

Our Future

Toi Ohomai is a network of purposeful connections – together we are forming constellations of excellence, knowledge, people, partnerships and innovation throughout the region, united in the exchange of knowledge. We are all here to be awakened and inspired by learning and to ensure our people, communities and region continue to prosper and flourish.

We are Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Thank you for your patience

Thank you for your patience while the website for the new institution is being built. In the meantime, this website and www.boppoly.ac.nz will continue to operate as normal and remain largely unchanged so that you can continue to find all the information you need, easily.

Please don't hesitate to contact our friendly team if you need any assistance.

Page last updated: 02 May 2017