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Unitec Institute of Technology (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka) is the largest institute of technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Over 15,000 students [1] study programmes from certificate to postgraduate degree level (levels 3 to 9) across a range of subjects from architecture through to zookeeping. Unitec is a member of the International Association of Universities.[citation needed]

Unitec Institute of Technology
Unitec Institute of Technology logo.svg
PresidentDr. Richard Ede (CEO)
Students15,420 EFTS (2015) [1]

The main campus is situated in Mt Albert while a secondary campus is situated in Henderson and there are various pop-ups throughout the North Shore. It also offers programmes overseas.



Unitec campus, Carrington Road.

Unitec was founded as "Carrington Technical Institute" in 1976 on the Mt Albert site on Carrington Rd, which has 55 hectares of grounds. The area on which Unitec's main campus is located was formerly home to the Whau Lunatic Asylum, later known as Carrington Hospital. The hospital building (Building 1), is an imposing brick Italianate-Romanesque structure, located at the northern end of the Unitec Campus. The hospital building was the largest in New Zealand when it was built in the 1860s. The hospital was decommissioned during the early 1990s, and the building is now part of Unitec.

The name changed to "Carrington Polytechnic" in 1987 and then to "Unitec Institute of Technology" in 1994. Unitec applied for University status in 1999, but the Government ruled, somewhat controversially, in 2005 that Unitec did not meet the academic criteria of a university and would remain an Institute of Technology.[2]

In 2006, Unitec opened its Waitakere Campus in the centre of Henderson, West Auckland. The campus is a joint development with the former Waitakere City Council and includes the new Waitakere Central Library. Unitec's Waitakere campus offers mainly computing, preparing for study, and health and community studies programmes.[citation needed]

In August 2011, Unitec opened a new campus in Albany, on Auckland's North Shore But it was closed in December 2016.[3]

There are also three libraries across the two existing campuses:

  1. Mt Albert, Te Puna Library
  2. Waitakere Campus Library


Study areasEdit

  • Animal Health, Management and Welfare
  • Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, and Interior Design
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Business Studies - Marketing, Management, HR, Operations, Accounting, Finance, Retail Sales, Small Business, and Real Estate
  • Engineering - Electrical, Electronics, Civil & Environmental
  • Community and Social Practice - Social Work, Youth Work, Health Promotion
  • Communication Studies - PR, Event Management, Media Studies, International, and Science
  • Computing
  • Trades - Building, Construction and Services
  • Creative Industries - Design, Photography, Animation, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Screen Arts (Acting, Dance, Music, Clothing Design, Lighting & Sound, Props & Art Department)
  • Education - Early Childhood, Leadership, Technology (MindLab and TechFutures), and Creative Thinking
  • Bridging Education (Foundation Studies) and an alternative to University Entrance
  • Health - Nursing, Medical Imaging & Osteopathy
  • Language Studies - English (as a second language), IELTS, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese
  • Sport
  • Vehicles - repairing and diagnosing


Unitec is the largest trade training provider in New Zealand and also provides the only New Zealand-based programme that enables graduates to register with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, and to enter practice as an osteopath.[citation needed]

The Institute is also one of the largest nursing training providers in New Zealand.[citation needed] Unitec has strong links with industry and 85% of undergraduate degrees have elements of industry based learning.[citation needed] The emphasis in many learning areas is for a high ratio of practical (hands on) learning of learned theory, as opposed to the traditional model of traditional university-level tuition, which is predominantly theory. For example, the Introduction to Policing course is delivered in partnership with the New Zealand Police.[citation needed] Also, the School of Computing Science has an industry internship program with IBM, which includes the IBM Center at the Mt. Albert (Carrington) Campus.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Participation/Participation Rates". Education Counts. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ Dye, Stuart (11 August 2005). "Unitec set to fight Government denial of varsity status". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Unitec to close Albany campus, remain on the Shore". Unitec. 30 August 2016.

Coordinates: 36°52′40″S 174°42′28″E / 36.87778°S 174.70778°E / -36.87778; 174.70778