6 Apr 2010

Gisborne polytechnic considers merger

12:11 pm on 6 April 2010

Tairawhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne is considering a merger with the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke's Bay.

It is the second small polytechnic this year to consider becoming part of a larger institution.

Tairawhiti council chair Geoff Milner says the polytechnic will lose 20% of its income next year because of Government funding cuts.

He says it is exploring closer ties with the Eastern Institute and will consider a range of options, one of which could be a merger.

Mr Milner says the institute already provides payroll and human resource services for Tairawhiti.

Telford Rural Polytechnic in Balclutha is also considering a merger, with Lincoln University.