NZ Govt. confirms the polytech merge to ‘Megatech’ by 2020

Education Minister Chris Hipkins in a statement last week said, the 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics spread across the country will merge as a new single institute starting 1 April 2020, with regional campuses.

The decision for this massive transition is due to the dropping enrolment numbers at these polytechs. In an earlier statement last year Hipkins commented that the polytechnics would likely have to close or shut down as the system is no longer sustainable. In 2018 alone the government had pumped close to a hundred million to keep the polytechnics afloat.

Below is the list of 16 polytechnics currently operating in New Zealand..

Ara Institute of Canterbury (ARA)

Eastern Institute of Technology (Te Aho a Māui) (EIT)

Manukau Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

Northland Polytechnic (NorthTec)

Otago Polytechnic

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Unitec New Zealand

Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec)

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

Whitireia Community Polytechnic