Five student nurses dreamt that one day they could work together and make a real difference to Māori health. Ten years later they reached their goal. One of them, Sarina Wawatai tells her career story.
He hapori rapu i te taumata o te mātauranga, me te rangahau. A community of inter-professional learning and research.
If you are committed to improving people’s lives and a vocation where you can make a difference, the opportunities offered by the Centre for Health and Social Practice are endless. As part of this centre, you will be part of a community that is dedicated to social care, health, well-being and protection.
The programmes we offer lead to hands-on careers and our teaching reflects this. You will have access to real-world simulated learning and the latest technology, with opportunities for interprofessional education to learn from other professions and improve all-round care. Our experienced and registered tutors genuinely care about your success and will guide you on your way.
We know the needs of our stakeholders are always changing, so we deliver fit-for-purpose programmes that are responsive to changes in the health and social practice sectors. We value inclusion, diversity, and the achievement of potential in all of our staff and students. We are committed to social justice, and our treaty partnership between Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi underpins everything we do.
Study with us
Now is the time to turn your passion for people into a career.
In the world of health and social practice you will be challenged, inspired, and rewarded – sometimes all at once. We will give you the skills and knowledge to change the world. Be the graduate everyone is looking for.
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Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway
Health and wellbeing
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)
Primary Care Practice Assistance 4 (Te Mahi Āwhina Tuatahi 4)
Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)
Enrolled Nursing (Nēhi Whakauru) (Level 5)
Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7)
Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Social Work
Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Postgraduate and master's for health and social practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice
Master of Professional Practice
Postgraduate and master's for nursing
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
Master of Nursing (Level 9)
Master of Nursing Science (Pre-registration)
Short courses/professional programmes
Introduction to Supervision (Level 7)
Womens Health Care - Cervical Smear Takers (Level 7)
Mental Health First Aid Training
Preceptorship of Nurses in Practice
The Centre for Health and Social Practice facilities are designed for students to get the most out of their learning. The latest technology is made available to put theoretical knowledge into practice. Students can expect environments such as a simulated ward with computerised patient models who assume real health issues. We value diversity and inclusion; facilities are designed to encourage interprofessional learning between health and social care, with opportunities for interaction between staff and students.
Be part of our community and see how we can work together.
The Centre for Health and Social Practice maintains close relationships with the industry and professional bodies that graduates register with. Our staff are experienced in their fields and are continuously active in health and social practice research. Our students are taught with a focus on the practical elements of healthcare and are encouraged to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world learning environments. Each year students will gain credit for undertaking placements, internships, or volunteer work in their field.
Our teaching approach is focused on the practical side of learning and we understand the benefits of real-world work environments for our students’ learning. Students in the Centre for Health and Social Practice spend time across their programmes in work placements for credit. The amount of time spent on placement varies according to qualification and year; first year students will spend approximately a quarter of the year doing work placement while third year students will spend most of their time on placement.
Claire Eccleston is so passionate about home birthing that she moved her family from Australia to study as a midwife at Wintec in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Thirty years ago, young nurse Maureen Kelly left New Zealand with just a suitcase, en-route to the United Kingdom. She's now sharing the knowledge from a long and successful nursing career with students at Wintec.
Join us for a day of fun! This Tinopai Tours trip includes a tour around the Hobbiton movie set and a trip over to see the beautiful sights of Mount Maunganui.
Come and check out our annual Wintec Open Day! It’s the perfect opportunity for you, your friends, and your whānau to get a first-hand experience of what Wintec has to offer.
Are you interested in working in health, wellbeing, fitness, or sport? Join us for an on-campus experience.