Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Located in Christchurch, the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary institutions educating about 30,000 students per annum and is the largest polytechnic in the South Island. CPIT has two campuses: the City Campus on Madras Street and one on Sullivan Avenue.

Te Wanaka o Otautahi provides a place of belonging for those wanting to engage the Maori world. Te Wanaka is run in a distinctively Maori way and based on tikanga Maori concepts including:

  • manaakitanga (meeting the needs of the people )
  • mana tangata (integrity and professionalism)
  • rereketanga (nurturing diversity and promoting innovation)
  • Te Whale Pasefika is an important part of Te Wanaka.

CPIT offers many qualifications that are registered on the National Qualification Framework and provides up to the minute training in state of the art facilities. Programmes are designed to ensure that our students move seamlessly from study to the workplace through internships, work experience and practical hands-on training.

Visit the website for CPIT.

Projects 2011

Safer Students Campaign

This project involves collaboration between the CPIT, the University of Canterbury, the Police, TRoNT, Christchurch City Council and the Human Rights Commission. It is a campaign to welcome migrants and international students to Christchurch. The project works towards ensuring that migrants and international students know their rights in terms of racial safety and harassment and continues to support the report-it website, an accessible reporting method for such incidents.

Polyculture 2011

Polyculture is held in August every year to celebrate cultural diversity on campus. It involves students presenting cultural performances, a variety of arts and crafts and food. Events continue through the month and a different part of the world is highlighted each week.

Contact details

Contact: Lesley Allan or Beth Knowles
Email: or
Phone: 03 940 8017

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