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Early Mover Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Wintec, we're beginning our transition into Te Pūkenga, which will see all 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics across Aotearoa brought together into one network of on-the-job, on-campus, and online learning.  
  
On 1 June 2022, we officially transitioned into Te Pūkenga, along with Toi Ohomai. The two subsidiaries are referred to as ‘early movers’.  Read our news articles and find answers to our most frequently asked questions below.
What is an Early Mover ITP?  
Early movers are change-ready ITP subsidiaries that will be moving into Te Pūkenga ahead of the development of functional organisational design within the Operating Model. 

At the moment, each subsidiary is a separate legal entity with its own Board, Chief Executive, and employees. Being an “early mover” will mean that the operations of the subsidiary will move into Te Pūkenga. The Early Mover mahi is about bringing the network onto the same waka so that leadership at both a regional and national level is aligned.  
Why is the Early Mover ITP work happening? 
The Early Mover ITP mahi will refine the process of subsidiaries becoming a part of Te Pūkenga. This project will offer opportunities to kaimahi, ākonga, employers, and Tiriti partners and stakeholders connected to Te Pūkenga, and subsidiary organisations about what works in the process.   

Because this process is supported by the strength, skills, and talent of Wintec and Toi Ohomai kaimahi and leaders the Early Movers process carries lower risk. 
Who are the Early Movers? 
Wintec and Toi Ohomai have been identified as being change ready and will become part of Te Pūkenga by 31 May 2022. This exciting development will see Toi Ohomai and Wintec lead the sector as the first two ITPs to transition into our new unified, national network. This change highlights the change readiness of our two institutes, and the strengths of our collective teams.   
Are there other Early Mover ITPs? 
At this stage, we’re focused on the smooth transition of Wintec and Toi Ohomai. Any decisions around additional Early Mover ITPs would involve subsidiary boards and leadership teams. 
When will this happen by? 
The completion of the move of Toi Ohomai and Wintec into Te Pūkenga will be finalised by 31 May 2022. 
What does the Early Mover ITPs mahi mean for ākonga? 
There is no change to the day-to-day teaching and learning activities of staff and learners. All relationships with tutors and programs will continue seamlessly. 

  • Our learners will remain enrolled in their current programme of choice
  • Learners who complete their studies in 2022 will receive a co-branded parchment certificate. From 2023 onwards, we will move towards a Te Pūkenga parchment.
What does the Early Mover ITPs mahi mean for our international learners? 
There are no implications for our international learners, and they can continue to enrol in both institutes as they normally would.  
What will happen to qualifications and enrolments? 
If you fully complete your studies in 2022 you will receive a co-branded parchment certificate. From 2023 onwards we will move towards Te Pūkenga parchment.
Is this a merger? 
No. Toi Ohomai and Wintec are being welcomed into Te Pūkenga ahead of the operating model, at the same time. The new organisation will draw on the strength, skills, talent and dedication of kaimahi to realise our vision - Whakairohia he toki, tāraia te anamata| Learning with purpose, creating our futures. 
Is this a regional merger?
No. While Toi Ohomai and Wintec have close regional proximity, they are moving because they are change-ready. 
What will happen to the Wintec and Toi Ohomai brands, campus names, and building names? 
The Toi Ohomai and Wintec name and brands will remain in place until end of March 2023 when they will fully transition to Te Pūkenga along with all other ITPs across the network.  

Campus and building names are not impacted by the early mover work. These will remain as is until such a time as the full subsidiary network transition takes place. Te Tiriti Partners are being engaged in a tikanga-led engagement process to inform campus and building names. 
What will happen to taonga Māori associated with both Wintec and Toi Ohomai? 
Toi Ohomai and Wintec taonga Māori, both physical and non-physical, will not be impacted by the early mover date. This important mahi will be conducted with Te Tiriti Partners, Toi Ohomai, and Wintec senior Māori staff and Te Pūkenga throughout this year.
What does the Early mover mahi mean for Te Tiriti relationship holders? 
Toi Ohomai and Wintec taonga Māori, both physical and non-physical, will not be impacted by the early mover date. This important mahi will be conducted with Te Tiriti Partners, Toi Ohomai and Wintec senior Māori staff and Te Pūkenga throughout this year. 
What does the Early mover mahi mean for Te Tiriti relationship holders? 
Local mana whenua and Te Tiriti Partner relationships will continue to be upheld and nurtured at a local level as they have been.
 
Will our faculties change?
No, there won't be any change to Faculties. Toi Ohomai and Wintec are not merging in any way. 
  • Wintec and Toi Ohomai make first transition to Te Pūkenga

    Te Pūkenga welcomed its first 24,000 ākonga (learners) and an additional 1,700 kaimahi (staff), with Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology moving into the national provider today.

  • Welcoming Leon Fourie to the Wintec whānau

    The Wintec whānau held a pōwhiri to welcome Leon Fourie as Wintec Toi Ohomai Executive Transitional Lead, at Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa marae at our Hamilton City Campus. The pōwhiri was attended by Toi Ohomai kaimahi, leaders, mana whenua, Pacific leaders, as well as Wintec senior staff and kaimahi.

  • Te Pūkenga welcomes Wintec into the whānau

    Earlier today, our Wintec CE Dave Christiansen, alongside Toi Ohomai CE Leon Fourie, and Te Pūkenga CE Stephen Town, announced the early move of Wintec and Toi Ohomai into Te Pūkenga.

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