The partnerships we've established throughout the Bay of Plenty community are important to us. We value the contributions you've made to our institution and to the lives of our students. In response we like to support local stakeholders and industry by sponsoring events and organisations that enrich the lives of our community members.

Rotorua Chamber of Commerce

The Rotorua Chamber of Commerce acts as a voice to local and national government and our relationship with the chamber is important as it provides the platform to network and communicate with the stakeholders in the regions.

Rotorua Westpac Business Excellence Awards - Apprentice of the Year Award

This award helps an apprentice recognise their strengths, challenges and potential for the future. Waiariki sponsor this award each year.

Bay of Plenty Principals’ Association

A stronger partnership between tertiary and secondary education providers in the Bay of Plenty has resulted in the Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic signing a joint partnership agreement in March 2013 with the Bay of Plenty Principals’ Association. The aim is to improve student success by working more closely together, with the ultimate goal being to ensure the successful transition of students from secondary to tertiary study and improve the NCEA success rates across the Bay of Plenty region.

Bay of Plenty Principals’ Association (BOPPA) represents secondary principals throughout the Bay of Plenty region (Western and Eastern BOP, Rotorua, Taupo and secondary schools in the outlying areas of Tokoroa, Matamata, Putaruru and Coromandel). Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic are recognised as the tertiary educational providers of ‘first choice’ in the region.

Bay of Plenty Sports Awards

Sport Bay of Plenty Charitable Trust owns the event known as the Bay of Plenty Sports Awards. Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic have teamed up to alternate the sponsors naming rights over the past few years. Both tertiary education providers alternate the sponsorships of the Secondary School Sportsman of the Year and the Secondary School Sportswoman of the Year categories.

The 43rd annual Bay of Plenty Sports Awards will be held on 22 November at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Olympic Gold medallist, Lisa Carrington was awarded the 2012 Supreme Award after earlier taking out the Sportswoman of the Year Award. The calibre of entries is always high, which confirms the large pool of talent we have in the Bay of Plenty. Waiariki is proud to celebrate sporting excellence in the Bay of Plenty.

Export New Zealand Bay of Plenty

In an exciting initiative, ExportNZ BOP and Waiariki have partnered to help support, educate and create a strong community for exporters in Rotorua and the Eastern Bay. At a time when exporters are under immense pressures due to the global financial crisis and the high New Zealand dollar, the two organisations have combined to offer specialised events and activities for the local export community.

Waiariki has the second biggest international student cohort in the New Zealand institute of technology and polytechnic sector, and through the delivery of government export and domestic education priorities has a vested interest in the region’s overall industry needs.

Waiariki’s key outcomes from this partnership include:

  • Raise Waiariki’s profile as leaders in export education.
  • Create and develop connections and joint ventures with exporters, international business leaders, education partners and agents.
  • Create relationships between exporters and Waiariki students through industry placements, research projects and internships.

Website: http://bayofplenty.exportnz.org.nz/

New Zealand Aria

The Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria had its first beginnings as a Rotorua singing competition just after World War II, and is the older of the country’s two national aria singing competitions. It was established for the purpose of holding an annual singing competition in the town, and it was envisaged that this would both promote and encourage singing of fine young voices in the various genres.

In 2010, Waiariki Institute of Technology became the Aria’s principal sponsor. To reflect this, the competition was then renamed the “Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria”. Waiariki Institute of Technology also decided, in 2010 to establish its own Academy of Singing and Music at its main campus in Rotorua, to nurture and develop young singers. This was seen as being complementary to the Aria’s long history of developing fine young singers.

Winners have included:

  • Jud Arthur – Baritone, 1997
  • Ben Makisi – Tenor, 2002
  • Anna Leese – Soprano, 2002
  • Philip Rhodes – Baritone, 2005
  • Aivale Cole – Soprano, 2006
  • Darren Pene Pati – Tenor, 2009

Website: http://www.nzaria.co.nz/

Rotorua Hospitality Awards

Waiariki Institute of Technology is proud sponsor of the Rotorua Hospitality Awards category “Outstanding Waiter of the Year”. The awards evening is organised by the Rotorua Committee of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand. They celebrate and recognise everything and everyone that is hospitality; from the front of house team to the kitchen crew; from baristas to bar stars; from restaurants and bars through to top industry personalities.

These awards are a chance to showcase the hospitality industry and reward those that excel in a city which is arguably New Zealand’s premier tourism destination.

Rotorua Inter-School Chinese Speech Competitions

Waiariki Institute of Technology is proud to sponsor the Rotorua Inter-School Chinese Speech Competition. The annual event is the highlight for students learning Chinese to come together to showcase their ability in presenting a Chinese speech in front of students, teachers and parents from 11 schools from Rotorua and Tauranga in years one to thirteen.

After thirteen years of building the “Rotorua Model”, Rotorua today has a strong and sustainable Chinese Language programme in nine schools with over 2,000 students, 31 New Zealand Facilitators, two teachers of Chinese, three Mandarin Language Assistants and two local Chinese assistants, engaging in the learning and teaching of Chinese language. Rotorua is preparing its children to ‘go beyond classroom borders’ and be the young goodwill ambassadors of tomorrow.

Rotorua X Charitable Trust

Rotorua X values are truly EPIC: Exciting, Pioneering, Innovative and Collaborative. Their core strategy is to build Rotorua X as a social enterprise applying commercial principles to ensure long term sustainability.

Rotorua X has found a ‘gap’ to revitalise Rotorua and our CBD by developing a programme dedicated to launching and accelerating new businesses and social enterprises to town. They will spur business development, as well as help launch new enterprises in town through business incubation.

Launched in April 2014 Rotorua X Incubate is a collaborative venture between Rotorua X Charitable Trust (connecting, inspiring and developing emerging leaders, businesses and non-profit organisations), Toi Toi Foundation (vocational pathways for young adults), BDO Rotorua (accounting and advisory services), Employers & Manufacturers Association (employment law and employee engagement) and Flair Space (co-working community).

Rotorua X Incubate is a three month incubation programme designed for Rotorua business or social entrepreneurs whose new enterprise is less than two years old. Waiariki’s sponsorship will give a new entrepreneur:

  • Dedicated seat at Rotorua X Entrepreneurs monthly forums
  • Flair Space co-working pod with ultrafast broadband and executive boardroom for three months
  • Three Rotorua X Mastery business essentials training modules
  • Three group mentoring sessions facilitated by Icehouse coach Darren McGarvie
  • Attendance at Rotorua X Connect events
Waiariki is proud to be associated with Rotorua X – the fastest growing professional and business network in the Bay of Plenty.  

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2014