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 stakeholders in the region.
Waiariki supports the chamber in a number of ways from sponsoring the development of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, to providing chamber members employees with a 50% discount on one paper per year at Waiariki to upskill and increase their knowledge and career prospects.
Rotorua Westpac Business Excellence Awards - Young Business Person Apprentice of the Year Award
Waiariki is the naming right sponsor of the Young Business Person of the Year Award, a new award introduced in 2015 to recognise young entrepreneurs and rising local stars in the business community, and to encourage them to upskill to postgraduate and masters qualifications locally.
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 sponsor the Secondary School Sportsman of the Year Award. With the establishment of Waiariki’s own Academy of Sport at its main campus in Rotorua, to nurture and develop young athletes. This was seen as being complementary to the Bay of Plenty Sports Awards, developing fine young sporting talent to perform and achieve at the Olympic Games and world championships of various codes.
New Zealand Aria
The 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.
Between 2010 and 2014, Waiariki Institute of Technology was the Aria’s principal sponsor. This came about with the establishment of Waiariki’s 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.
In 2015 Waiariki moved to become the naming right sponsor of the Aria 3rd Prize category.
Winners have included:
- Darren Pene Pati – 2009
- Amelia Berry – 2010
- Stacey Alleaume – 2011
- Stephen Diaz – 2012
- James Loelu – 2013
- Isabella Moore – 2014
The world’s largest international mountain biking festival will be held in Rotorua over the next three years. Rotorua is the Southern Hemisphere venue starting 25 – 29 March 2015. Its home venue is Whistler, Canada and there is also a festival in Le Alpes, France.
Skyline’s Mountain Bike Gravity Park will host the mountain biking events, with Eat Streat the base for an associated music festival, prize-giving and competitions.
Waiariki is proud to be associated with this major international mountain biking festival through the volunteering of students and staff. The Adventure Tourism students are providing first aid and on-course support, while others are involved in the areas of corporate branding, hospitality, guided forest bike rides, marshalling and at the Waiariki Expo site. For more information visit www.crankworx.com
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.
South Waikato Cultural Festival "Culturefest"
Waiariki Institute of Technology is proud to be the naming right sponsor of CultureFest being held in Tokoroa on 29 August 2015. CultureFest provides Waiariki with an opportunity to engage with the many cultures that make up the South Waikato. Highlighting Waiariki’s bicultural focus where students can study in an environment that meets their cultural needs and provides study pathways that lead to careers in their home town.
Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce
The Eastern BOP 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 stakeholders in the region. Waiariki is a cornerstone sponsor to the Eastern BOP Chamber of Commerce. Waiariki supports the chamber in a number of ways from advice on tertiary education to providing chamber members employees with a 50% discount on one paper per year at Waiariki to upskill and increase their knowledge and career prospects.
ECO Design Challenge
The ECO Design Challenge has been established to raise participation in the creative arts and to highlight sustainability. It fits with the Rotorua Lakes Council strategy around creative arts and involves a wide cross-section of the community. It will provide opportunities to showcase local talent and raise the awareness of the study pathways available in the creative arts here in Rotorua.
There are three design categories; E-Message, Upcycle Me and Vintage re-Model.
Finalist entries will be exhibited at the Rotorua Arts Village from 6 - 17 July 2015. Waiariki Institute of Technology is a proud sponsor of the ECO Design Challenge.
Rotorua Museum Art Awards
The biennial awards aim to inspire local artists and highlight the wealth of talent in the Bay of Plenty region. This year there is $13,000 in prizes up for grabs, including the Supreme Award prize of $10,000 and the Emerging Artist Award with $1,000 in prize money.
Two new prize categories for 2015 are the Innovation in Art Award with a prize of $1,000 proudly sponsored by Waiariki Institute of Technology, and the People’s Choice Award also with a prize of $1,000 sponsored by MoreFM.
The first three awards will be announced at a special evening on Friday, 19 June at the Rotorua Museum. An exhibition featuring approximately 30 finalist entries will open to the public from June 20 until October 31.
For more information visit www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz
Rotorua Inter-School Chinese Speech Competitions
Waiariki Institute of Technology is proud to sponsor and host 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.
Rotorua 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 and/or social entrepreneurs whose new enterprise is less than two years old. Waiariki’s sponsorship will give two new entrepreneurs:
- 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
Page last updated: 25 Mar 2015