Education in Tauranga

It’s not just the sunshine and the beach that attracts people to Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty - the educational opportunities and the reputation of the local schools are also a huge draw card. In a country renowned for the quality of its education system, the area has excellent facilities and, as one of the most sought after places to live, attracts teachers of a very high calibre.


Instep Programme

Priority One’s Instep programme provides a valuable link between local secondary schools and business by harnessing the energy and expertise from local businesses to inspire students to make informed career choices.  Projects and activities that focus on globalisation, collaboration and innovation are developed so school communities understand future skill needs relevant to the region’s economic growth and prosperity, and local businesses are confident that young people have the skills and aptitude employers need now and in the future.


Ready for a change of direction with your career?  There are many great opportunities for you to do undergraduate or postgraduate study right here in Tauranga. 

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership is a collaboration that is unique in New Zealand.  It comprises a partnership between Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and the University of Waikato to develop and grow regionally relevant tertiary education and research pathways from foundation level to postgraduate degrees.  While the three institutions remain autonomous, they look for opportunities to work together to provide pathways to higher education and combine on research with particular relevance to the region.

There are also a number of private training providers working locally that provide a range of practical programmes of study specifically relating to industry.  These include the following:

In addition, Industry Training Organisations offer industry-specific courses.