Te Auaha brings together the creative programmes offered by Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec). All will be offered at Te Kāhui Auaha on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Street. Some will also be offered at campuses in Petone, Porirua or Kāpiti.

Certificate, diploma, degree and graduate programmes are offered across a range of creative disciplines.

Stage & Screen Performance

Students develop their talents and marketability by choosing to specialise from a range of performance disciplines. These include acting for screen and stage; Māori and Pasifika performing arts; commercial dance; musical theatre; circus performance.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia

Film Production & Photography

Film students develop writing, direction and production skills for the film and television industries by working in real-world conditions, while students of photography develop their eye, alongside techniques, tips and tricks in commercial or fine arts photography.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia – Film

Programmes awarded by Whitireia - Photography

Programmes awarded by WelTec


Sound & Music

Students gain an edge for the events and music industries and develop their talents and stage craft as musicians, DJs and MCs, and technical know-how as sound engineers and event managers.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia


Media & 

Students prepare for careers in the new world of media with classroom tutorials and in-the-field practice in multi-media journalism, broadcast media and radio production, broadcast advertising creative and promotion.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia


Writing & Publishing

Students’ love for writing, books and new media is blended with tutoring in tips and techniques for fiction, non-fiction, script or poetry writing, and publishing and editing works for traditional and online media.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia – Creative writing

Programmes awarded by Whitireia - Publishing

Visual Arts & 
Digital Design

Visual arts and digital design students learn to skillfully develop, interpret and create art forms such as raranga (Māori weaving) and whakairo (Māori carving), graphic design and illustration, digital animation, web design, painting and drawing, jewellery, printmaking and textile design, photography and videography.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia

Programmes awarded by WelTec

Hair and Beauty & Make-up Artistry

Students develop skills, creativity and the vision to enhance or transform clients’ appearance from head to toe, with tutoring for careers in hairdressing, beauty therapy or the specialist worlds of stage, fashion, TV and film.

Programmes awarded by Whitireia

Programmes awarded by WelTec