Tertiary Intentions

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy (TIS) has been established to define a collective vision, strategy and desired actions for tertiary education delivery in the region that is closely aligned with local industry and the community.

The aim of the strategy is to propose how the region’s tertiary providers, along with government agencies, economic development agencies, iwi, industry and community groups can work in partnership to ensure the region’s current and future research and education priorities are met.

The TIS incorporates the regions of Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo, and has been overseen by a reference group consisting of representatives from each of these regions, the Bay of Connections and the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership.

Key TIS objectives include:

  • Increasing tertiary education participation and attainment in the region, particularly for Māori
  • Developing a highly educated and skilled workforce that is aligned to regional needs
  • Facilitating research for sector development and innovation to help support overall economic growth and community development in the region.

It is supported by a project team consisting of Greg Simmonds (Priority One), Shane Stuart (University of Waikato) and Neil Barnes (independent education consultant)

The summary document can be found here.

The full TIS document and appendices are available here:

For more information, see the TIS factsheet and FAQs.