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Information for students about investigations at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki 

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) have completed an investigation into the National Certificate and Diploma in Māori Performing Arts programmes delivered at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) between 2009 and 2013.

Detailed information about the investigation and copies of report findings are available on the NZQA and TEC websites.

The specific courses affected as a result of the investigation are the National Certificate in Māori Performing Arts (Performance) Level 4 and the National Diploma in Māori Performing Arts (Tutoring) Level 6.

What does this mean for me?

Graduates may be affected in different ways, depending on when and what they were studying.

Graduates who hold either a National Certificate in Māori Performing Arts (Performance) Level 4 or a National Diploma in Māori Performing Arts (Tutoring) Level 6 should contact WITT to find out if they are affected and their options going forward.

I hold the National Certificate in Māori Performing Arts (Performance) Level 4 – what happens to my qualification?

The investigation found that most groups of students in the Level 4 programme were being taught consistently and appropriately, and gained the required skills and knowledge for the qualification.

However, the investigation also found no evidence that the Level 4 programme was delivered as required by NZQA to a small group of students. This means there are a small number of students who may have been inappropriately awarded the Level 4 certificate and discussions about the options available to retain certificates need to be held with WITT.

WITT can be contacted on 0800 800 311.

Depending on individual student needs, the options range from completing remaining components of the programme, to repeating the full programme, or withdrawal of the qualification (with full refund).

I hold the National Diploma in Māori Performing Arts (Tutoring) Level 6 – what happens to my qualification?

The investigation found no evidence that the required content, assessment, and research associated with the Level 6 programme was delivered. Because of this, NZQA cannot be confident that all Level 6 qualifications are valid and must withdraw the qualifications awarded to all past students.

Graduates of the Level 6 programme should contact WITT on 0800 800 311 to discuss the solutions that have been put in place.

Depending on individual student needs, the options range from re-enrolling, to enrolling in another Level 6 Diploma at WITT at no cost.

Can I be assured of the quality of WITT qualifications, particularly if I re-enrol?

The matters investigated by NZQA and the TEC have been resolved and necessary changes have been implemented to ensure the standards required are met in the delivery of these programmes.

WITT has systems in place to ensure these issues do not reoccur and that any similar risks are identified.

Any concerns about qualifications can be discussed with WITT on 0800 800 311 as part of conversations around available options and solutions.

What will happen to the fees I paid / my student loan / my allowance?

Withdrawal of qualification (with full fee refund) is one of the options available to students that can be discussed with WITT.

WITT is working closely with NZQA, the TEC and StudyLink on what the investigation results mean for students who received student loans and/or student allowances while they studied.

WITT will record the students’ contact details so that StudyLink can contact them as soon as more information is available.

Who can I contact and where can I get more information?

The best way to keep informed is to contact WITT on 0800 800 311 to provide them with information and your contact details.

NZQA and the TEC are focused on working with WITT to ensure the learning needs of past and present students are met.

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