History

WelTec is one of New Zealand's oldest tertiary education institutions and the second-oldest in Wellington. WelTec has changed over the years, but we've always focused on teaching real skills.

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Construction of the Tower Block on our Petone campus

We began life as the Petone Technical School in 1904, teaching evening classes in rented accommodation. Four years later we moved to our current site in Petone teaching high school students technical skills during the day and continuing part-time courses at night.

Over the years there were various shifts in name, sites and structure. We've been known as Petone Technical College, Hutt Valley Memorial Technical College, Petone Technical Institute and Hutt Valley Polytechnic.

We became the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) in 2001 when the Central Institute of Technology (CIT) – based in Heretaunga, but once part of the original institute in Petone – was incorporated into Hutt Valley Polytechnic and our name changed.

WelTec began delivery in Auckland expanding CIT’s social services programmes to firmly establish WelTec as the leading provider of training in this field in New Zealand.

We've remained true to our trades roots, but we now also train tomorrow's engineers, IT people, creatives, businesspeople and those in the social services.

For over a century we have provided high-quality education. Our focus today remains on providing you with a quality education, connecting you to industry and community, and kick-starting your future career.