MITO is now a Business Division of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), which is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga that sits alongside 16 other polytechnic subsidiaries. MITO has joined other industry training organisations in WBL.

The standard-setting and qualification development functions that MITO used to manage are now managed by a workforce development council, as follows:

  • Automotive, Commercial Road Transport, Drilling, Mining and Quarrying, Passenger Services and Ports and Stevedoring - Hanga-Aro-Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council.
  • Gas – Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council.


Te Pūkenga, or the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, was established in 2020 as one of seven key changes of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).

Before RoVE, New Zealand’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) were separate entities. Te Pūkenga is bringing together these organisations to create a network of integrated learning (on-the-job, on-campus and online) that supports learners, employers and communities gain the skills, knowledge and capabilities that Aotearoa New Zealand needs now and in the future.

Te Pūkenga has a focus in equity and ensuring participation – in particular for Māori, Pacific and disabled learners.

By bringing together on-the-job, on-campus and online learning, Te Pūkenga is creating a network that gives learners more choices and flexibility in what, where and how they learn.

Te Pūkenga will use size and scale to strengthen the quality and range of learning delivered, while retaining services that meet the specific regional needs of employers and communities.

where we are now

Te Pūkenga consists of 17 subsidiaries – 16 polytechnics and Work Based Learning (WBL). Within WBL, MITO continues our normal operations as a business division. You will start to see the Te Pūkenga logo sit alongside the MITO logo in our communications.

The transformation to fully implement the aims of RoVE will take a long time. Transformation will take place over three horizons - Horizon 1: January 2023+; Horizon 2: January 2026+ and Horizon 3: January 2033+.

What does Horizon 1 look like?

  • On 1 January 2023 the 16 ITP subsidiaries no longer exist and are part of Te Pūkenga.
  • Some ITOs (including MITO) continue to operate as business divisions in Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning (WBL).
  • Te Pūkenga will have its regional leaders and organisational structure in place.
  • Ako networks will be in place. Ako networks are formal networks of teams who come together to use their knowledge, skills and competencies to support delivery of vocational learning and the wrap around services required to support learners across the motu. The networks are organised by learning area and are driven by learner wellbeing and success and excellent educational outcomes.
  • The foundations to deliver to Te Tiriti O Waitangi and its principles, and most importantly to the aspirations of Māori learners, their whānau and iwi/hapū are set.
  • The first wave of training programmes will be unified – meaning that there will be consistent offerings across the motu.
  • Employers and industry will have a strong voice in Te Pūkenga. As workplace ‘tutors’ employers will receive more support.
  • Permanent advisory committees will give voice to Māori, staff and learners.

more information 

MITO is immersed in the journey to ensure that the integration of on-the-job, on-campus and online learning provides the best possible outcomes for our learners, employers and industries.

We will continue to update you on the transformation. Please contact us if you have any questions.