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Te Tumu Whakatipu

Te Tumu Whakatipu is a safe and secure place that will support you to grow and develop your potential.

Te Tumu Whakatipu offers foundation and university preparation pathways, short courses, study tours, English language and professional tests, accelerate+, transition learning and our Wānanga Nohinohi Te Kunenga Children’s University programme.

University preparation courses

Our pathway courses help you prepare for tertiary study and, along the way, you will discover that university is within your reach.
Adult students at Massey

Short courses

We are experienced at organising custom short courses for professional organisations, government institutions and partner universities, in New Zealand and internationally.

Our recognised professional development short courses cover many fields of expertise. We can also include sector specialists and industry visits.

For more information or to request a customised proposal, use our enquiry form.

English language and professional tests

Te Tumu Whakatipu works with leading providers of international and occupational English language and professional testing.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The test is designed to help you achieve the score you need to succeed in your immigration application, professional registration or for university entrance.

Occupational English Test (OET)

OET is an international English language test to assess the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals seeking to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

Pearson Test of English Academic at Massey

Take the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic to prove your English ability for all New Zealand students and migration visa applications.

Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE can be used for professional licencing and certification across the finance, IT, medical, engineering, human resources and telecommunications industries.

Student study tours

We organise study tours in New Zealand for university or high school groups looking for an overseas experience.

These can include academic studies combined with:

  • English language
  • project work
  • field trips
  • cultural or sporting activities
  • a New Zealand homestay experience.

Student groups who take part will study in classes specially designed around their needs.

For more information or to request a customised proposal, use our enquiry form.

Other programmes

Children's University

Children’s University Massey offers children and young people a range of exciting, out-of-school learning opportunities.

Study while at secondary school with Accelerate+

With Accelerate+ students studying in year 12 or year 13 can complete university-level courses while at school.

Meet our students

“I actually felt really cool doing my pathway programme. I spent four or five months doing it, put in the effort, and learnt a bunch of stuff that made my degree super easy in the first year.”
Jacob Fronczek

Certificate of University Preparation

“All of my pathway instructors were extremely helpful in my studies, and I really valued the feedback I received since it was critical in assisting me in identifying what areas I needed to improve on in order to continue progressing each week.”
Jade Ruka

Certificate in Foundation Studies

Te Tumu Whakatipu news

Agribusiness course utilises field trips to study local value chains

Thursday 27 June 2024

Officials and managers from southeast Asian countries took part in the course, which allows participants to observe best practices and gain practical knowledge they can use for their own country's specific needs.

From pause to progress with Foundation Studies success

Wednesday 17 January 2024

After a series of unexpected complications during Lilly Feleti’s final year of high school, it was the Foundation Studies programme that helped her pursue tertiary education.

Day of hands-on learning for Children’s University ākonga

Tuesday 22 August 2023

The weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 100 tamariki and rangatahi who spent the day on the Manawatū campus getting a taste of university life.

Japanese students experience a taste of Kiwi working life as part of study programme

Wednesday 16 August 2023

Interning at a New Zealand business was the highlight for many of the Japanese students who recently attended a short course.

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Contact us

We support people to grow and develop their potential. Get in touch with us to hear how we can help you get started.

You can email us at, call us on 0800 627 739 or visit us on campus:

 Andrea Flavel

Andrea Flavel

Director, Te Tumu Whakatipu
Te Tumu Whakatipu
Manawatū campus, Palmerston North
Dr Emily Saavedra

Dr Emily Saavedra

Associate Director Learning and Teaching
Te Tumu Whakatipu
 Cara Jacoby

Cara Jacoby

Associate Director Business Development
Te Tumu Whakatipu