Open Polytechnic and Te Pūkenga

Studying at Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga next year

Following the new Government’s announcement of its intention to disestablish Te Pūkenga | New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, please be assured that your programme of study will continue as planned while we work through the details of how this change will be implemented.  
We are committed to ensuring that organisational changes that need to be made to meet the Government’s expectations do not impact the delivery of our programmes and training for our learners. 
Open Polytechnic tutor support and all other support services are available and we are committed to providing learners with an exceptional learning experience. 
If you need access to learner support services, or have any concerns, please contact us.  


Learner Leader Henry Geary Representing Open Polytechnic Learners at Te Pūkenga

Kia ora koutou
Ko Henry tōku ingoa, ko Taranaki tōku maunga, ko Taranaki me Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa ngā iwi, Nō Wyndham ahau, Ko Heretaunga te tūrangawaewae.

Henry Geary

I am currently studying towards a Diploma in Architectural Technology, having completed a Bachelor of Business with Open Polytechnic (OP) in 2020.

I am a student member of the OP academic committee, OP student advisory group and recently appointed to the interim learner advisory committee (ILAC) for Te Pūkenga (NZIST).

The Student Advisory Group plays an important role within Open Polytechnic, giving the Executives and Learning Delivery a student perspective, to help evolve distance learning.

The ILAC plays the same role for Te Pūkenga, but on a much larger scale as it covers all 16 Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics as well as workplace training activities of the former Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) that have transitioned this ITO function to Te Pūkenga.

As part of the Te Pūkenga Interim Learner Advisory Committee, I meet regularly with representatives from the Ministry of Education, NZQA, Tertiary Education, StudyLink/MSD and other students from across the country.

If you have any questions/queries/problems related to your learning journey, that you'd like to me to put forward, please use the feedback form below to get in touch.

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Please use this form to send us your thoughts on your experiences in online or distance learning, on Open Polytechnic's services, our responsiveness to your learning needs, or any general comments related to the Reform of Vocational Education.