Originally opened as the Northland Community College in 1978, with a staff of ten tutors, the college was hailed as "a significant centre for learning and an administrative centre for courses to be run in the wider community." In 1987 Northland Community College changed its name to Northland Polytechnic [Tai Tokerau Wananga] and to NorthTec [Tai Tokerau Wananga] in June 2006. Today, it has taken courses beyond the main campus to the two-thirds of Northland's population who do not live in Whangarei and offer our students high quality and industry-focused education, with flexible learning options and a personalised classroom approach
NorthTec has solid partnerships with iwi, other institutions, industry and local advisory committees, to further enable them to meet NorthTec's mission of developing Northland and its people through tertiary education. It supports and encourages the development of its staff and a strong research culture. Staff participate in a wide range of research and other developmental activities, with particular encouragement being given to new researchers to attend workshops and presentations. Staff at NorthTec and established researchers are increasingly collaborating both internally and externally to ensure the quality education. NorthTec is a New Zealand Government owned Tertiary Institute with a category 2 provider status.

Area of study

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Arts
  • Applied Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Hospitality
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Information Systems
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Forestry
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Social Services



  • Excellent student learning support service
  •  Lower second year fees
  • Two best locations for international students – Auckland, and Whangarei
  • Peer mentors and counselling services


Multiple Intakes

Fee Ranges

NZD 18,000 - 20,000

Auckland , Whangarei

Institution Type: Institute of Technology and Polytechnic