About Us

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Limited is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga, and a limited liability company.

Our Executive Leadership Team reports to the Board of Directors.

Toi Ohomai is one of the largest tertiary education providers in the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions, with more than 12,000 students studying across more than 25 delivery sites in Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatāne.  
Our vision is to meet the education and employment needs of people in the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions, while fostering innovation. We focus on supporting students beyond their qualifications by building strong relationships with industry and community decision makers. Many of our courses include an element of work experience.  

With more than 150 study options covering specialities in business, creative arts, engineering, forestry, health and nursing, hospitality, marine science, road transport, tourism, trades and more. We strive to inspire through learning, to ensure our people, communities and region continue to prosper and flourish.

Partner with us on your learning journey and let us help you unleash your true potential!


Read about our purpose and vision in the 2020 Strategic Intent statement (pdf, 353kb)

The Story Behind our Name

Our name Toi Ohomai represents our vision to aim high and achieve great heights; to be awakened by learning.

Our name was gifted to us by iwi. It has a story that has been woven from our whakapapa, history and the aspirations of our communities.

It's a representation of institutional excellence that supports innovation, connectedness and motivates and inspires the people of the region.

Toi is the pinnacle of achievement. It inspires the pursuit of excellence.

It is also a reference to Toi-te-huatahi and Toi Kai-rākau – a common eponymous ancestor of iwi across the region.

Ohomai is an awakening, to be alert and to create a shift in mindset. It is moving from a place of disillusionment to enlightenment and becoming transformed. It's also a reference to Ohomairangi, an eponymous ancestor of Te Arawa and Tainui.

Mai also represents the geographical markers of the region in which Toi Ohomai operates, Mai Maketū ki Tongariro, mai i ngā Kuri a Whārei ki Tihirau, tae atu ki te Kaokaoroa a Patatere - it acknowledges the Mana Whenua, the place of learning for the students and also the place and space from which students originate and come from, their iwi, their community, in the region and across the country.

How to pronounce Toi Ohomai:

Our Purpose

Partnering with iwi, industry and communities to deliver innovative learning. 

​Our Vision

To empower people and communities. 

​​Our Values

Toi Ohomaitanga were launched in May 2018, following extensive staff engagement and consultation:

  • Whanaungatanga - We build and nurture relationships and connections
  • Toitūtanga - We are courageous and humble in our pursuit of excellence
  • Kotahitanga - We are united towards our shared purpose
  • Manaakitanga - We uphold and strengthen the mana of others and our communities​