UCOL Trades Open Day


Are you interested in making or fixing things?
Want to get sorted before enjoying your well-deserved summer holiday?

Come along to our UCOL Trades Open Day on Monday 14 December 2015, 10am – 1pm.
Check out our programmes, meet lecturers and get a first-hand look at our awesome facilities and equipment worth $12 million.
We will take you on tours to each area for you to see where you could be studying.
Have a chat to our award-winning lecturers about how UCOL could be a great fit for you.
Make sure to come along hungry as there will be a lunch-time BBQ, so bring friends, whānau or colleagues. See you there!

Who is Student City?

About Student City

We are a funded by the City and some of our education providers. Our job is to make sure that you have the best experience you can while studying here. If there is anything we can do to make your life better please contact us.

The overall goal of the Student City brand, since its inception in 2003 has been to: Position Palmerston North as students’ preferred destination for tertiary study.

Some of its many successes include the provision of free public transport for Massey and UCOL staff and students and Student City events such as Student City Arts and Cultural Awards.

The refreshed Student City brand was launched in 2011 and is based around the concept of Student City as a team.

This concept recognises the value of students, but also encompasses businesses and members of the wider Palmerston North community, whose support is integral in attracting, nurturing and maintaining the city’s student population.

Businesses are encouraged to contact Student City coordinators with details of their student discounts so these may be listed for free on the Student City website.

To contact Student City


Specialist Tertiary Educators

More learning opportunities

Private training establishments (PTEs) are the secret heroes of the education sector. They are private organisations quietly training young men and women for practical, fulfilling careers, raising them to the exacting standards set by industry.”You get a double guarantee [with PTE training],” says Mara Marketing CEO Graham Mair. “Not only must these organisations meet standards set by the government, but also the expectations of industry”, says Mr Mair.

PTEs took off in the 90s, although some, like the Hairdressing College, have been around in since the 1960s.

“There’s a commitment to the students’ individual successes,” says Palmerston North School of Design CEO Mike Saywell, highlighting the PTE style of smaller classes, more one-on-one time, and a more personalised education.

All of the region’s PTEs are locally owned and operated. They’ve had the time to build links with industry, which means there are more jobs for graduates, more easily found.

There are a galaxy of options available and all courses are approved by NZQA. And if you’ve left school with no qualifications, most courses are fully government-funded – no fees!

If you feel like a round peg in a square hole and are itching to get your hands on something practical, checkout some of Manawatu’s PTEs and see what’s available. There are a lot of people willing you to succeed, and they’re only too happy to help you.


Academy of Diving Trust (06) 356 1665 Diving, Scuba Instructor,
First Aid,
Adventure Education
Agriculture New Zealand 0800 475 455 Agriculture,
ETC (Education & Training Consultants New Zealand Limited) (06) 357 7107 English Language
Horizon Education Limited (06) 357 0138 Care of Older Person,
Early Childhood Education
Kyrewood Equestrian Centre Limited (06) 355 9148 Equine
Land Based Training 0508 872 466 Agriculture
Mara Marketing Limited (06) 357 3869 Automotive
New Zealand
School of Export
(06) 356 5656 International Trade, (IATTO accredited)
New Zealand Institute
of Electrolysis and
Beauty Therapy
(06) 356 3733 Beauty Therapy,
Beauty Skills
Palmerston North
School of Design
(06) 358 0188 Graphic Design,
Fashion Design
The Hairdressing College (06) 358 3879 Hairdressing
Trade and Commerce (06) 350 0941 Business Admin & Computing, Employment Skills
YMCA (06) 358 8291 Employment Skills, Parenting

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga – Palmerston North

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education providers. We offer a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life.

Guided by Māori principles and values, we take great pride in this nurturing and inclusive learning environment, as well as the depth and diversity of our courses in small business, computing, social work, teaching, Māori performing arts and te reo Māori.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provides a fresh and vibrant alternative from two Palmerston North locations.


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International Pacific College

IPC – Palmerston North

Subjects at Palmerston North’s International Pacific College (IPC) have a strong international focus. We offer programmes in international business, international relations, Japanese studies, English language studies, environmental studies, ecotourism and international sports. Though many IPC students come from overseas, we also cater for domestic students who wish to study Japanese or gain TESOL qualifications.

IPC offers excellent support for international students in a linguistically and culturally appropriate setting. Our international students live on campus in one of IPC’s 10 halls of residence, where they are provided with a safe and supportive “home away from home”. Local students are also encouraged to live on campus and make the most of IPC’s unique environment, which is ideal for study, language learning and fun!

IPC accommodation includes all meals and access to facilities on campus such as the gym, recreation centre, library, wireless internet and computer suite. As there’s always something going on, on campus or in the Palmerston North community, our students enjoy an active student lifestyle.




UCOL – Palmerston North

UCOL Palmerston North’s stunning architecturally designed campus is situated in the heart of vibrant, youthful Palmerston North and has become one of the city’s landmarks. We pride ourselves on our down-to-earth, practical, creative and adventurous style and we’re committed to supporting you in achieving success. There’s always something happening at the UCOL campus, just take a look at our Facebook page to see what’s going on.

A huge array of dynamic courses are taught at UCOL’s Palmerston North campus, offering a mix of practical, hands-on learning and theory to ensure students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the real world.

At UCOL, student success is our number one priority. We employ lecturers with industry experience, who love the areas they teach and know how to pass on the passion. Their interactive approach to teaching and learning accommodates different learning styles, providing an environment that inspires and motivates students. UCOL also offers a wonderful range of support services, including study support, accessibility/disability support, personal education plans and much more.

UCOL graduates agree, there’s no place quite like UCOL for quality tertiary education in a friendly, supportive environment. Come and check us out for yourself.


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Massey University

Massey – Palmerston North

Massey University’s Manawatu campus is one of the best places in the country to experience the real student lifestyle. Nearly half the city’s population is under 25, making it the perfect place for learning and living. The Massey campus has two locations: Turitea – renowned for its beautiful park-like setting of trees and gardens; and Hokowhitu – on the city-side of the Manawatu River, near the lagoon.

Turitea has undergone an extensive facelift in recent years and is now a hub of student activity. With a new student centre, food hall and shops, Massey is committed to meeting the needs of a new generation of students.

Massey University has carved out a reputation for being innovative and progressive, with world-class facilities and internationally recognised courses. We’ve got the best gym in town, the Institute of Sport and Rugby, an equestrian centre (that’s right you can even bring your horse) a community athletics track and affordable four-star student accommodation right in the middle of campus. Our fantastic facilities coupled with a myriad of clubs and societies make Massey University, Palmerston North, the destination of choice for fitness fiends, social butterflies and enquiring minds alike.

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