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Whitireia New Zealand, previously called Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Maori: Te Kura Matatini o Whitireia) is a government owned and funded tertiary education institute in New Zealand. It has grown since its establishment in 1986 on the shores of Porirua Harbour, to have student numbers in excess of 13,500 with campuses in Auckland, Wellington, Kapiti and Porirua.

Currently more than 120 programmes from certificate courses to postgraduate degrees are offered that cover areas as diverse as film-making and music and nursing and journalism. All programmes offered by Whitireia are accredited and recognised by the government and offer a firm foundation for a relevant career to students.

The key factor that make it so popular for international students are the small class sizes and friendly, approachable teaching staff. Pathway opportunities allow students to enter programmes and staircase from certificate or diploma study and gain credits from undergraduate degrees. All programmes are of a practical and vocational nature offering students first hand industry experience with real-life projects.

Undergraduate qualifications

If you want to study towards a Bachelor Degree (excluding teaching degrees), Certificate of Proficiency, Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or Graduate Certificate or Diploma you must have one of the following:

•             IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Postgraduate qualifications

If you want to study towards a postgraduate qualification, eg a Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD you must have one of the following:

•             IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Evidence of successful completion of high school studies overseas or relevant recent tertiary study at Level 4 and/or relevant work experience (paid or unpaid); application considered on a case-by-case basis with entry granted at the discretion of the Faculty Dean



CREATIVE Industries

Graduate Certificate in Applied Arts

Graduate Diploma in Applied Arts

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3)

 New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

Diploma in Creative Writing

Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced)

Bachelor of Creativity (Writing)

Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing

Certificate in Introduction to Film and Television Production

New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 6)

Certificate in DJ Music

Certificate in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music

Bachelor of Creativity (Music)

Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) [specialisation in Circus]

Diploma in Performing Arts (Singing)

Diploma in Stage and Screen Arts

Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts)

New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)

Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

National Certificate in Radio (Foundation Skills)

New Zealand Diploma in Radio Broadcasting (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Jewellery (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

Bachelor of Creativity (Visual Arts)

Bachelor of Creativity (Digital Media)

ServiceS Industries

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)

Bachelor of Applied Business Studies

Graduate Diploma in Applied Business Studies

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5)

Diploma in Professional Cookery

Diploma in Professional Cookery

Diploma in Outdoor Adventure


New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3 or 4)

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

Bachelor of Social Work

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)


New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5)

Bachelor of Information Technology

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Postgraduate Certificate in Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Master of Management

Certificate in Multimedia Journalism

New Zealand Diploma in Journalism (Level 5)

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice

Master of Professional Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Information and Communications Technology

Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology

Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology

Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology

Master of Information Technology

There are a range of accommodation options available to you when you study here.

We strongly recommend homestay accommodation when you first arrive. Homestay providers are carefully selected. A homestay experience is a great way to learn about New Zealand and its culture. You will be provided with a bedroom and you will share evening meals with your host family.

Other accommodation options available include rented accommodation either on your own or sharing with others and student hostel accommodation. A small amount of on-campus accommodation is available for international students who study at our Porirua campus.

Through the  strategic partnership with WelTec, students who study here  in Wellington and Porirua also have access to 222Willis, a safe and secure modern apartment style of student accommodation.

There are a range of scholarships available to students beginning or continuing their studies at Whitireia.

email for further information on scholarships and how to apply.


Quick Facts





Full-time UG & PG Fees 18,250 NZ$ to 22,000 NZ$ according to your course.


For general living costs such as accommodation, food, books, clothing etc, it is impossible to provide an exact figure as all students are different and have different lifestyles. But a minimum of 15,500 NZ$ is estimated cost for a yearly expenses on accommodation, food, transport and social activities.



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Porirua Campus, 3 Wi Neera Drive, PORIRUA, Porirua City Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, 5022

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