Whitireia New Zealand Limited has purchased The New Zealand Film and Television School in Wellington City. The purchase will see The New Zealand Film and Television School become part of the Whitireia group as of 3 July 2012.
We are delighted with this development said Don Campbell, Whitireia group, Chief Executive. “The school will complement our programmes in the area of Arts and it will provide an important strategic addition to the Whitireia arts hub with our Performance Centre and Media Training Centre in Wellington City”.
The Film and Television School location, brand and campus at 86 Vivian Street in Wellington City, will be retained, as will the one year Certificate in Film and Television Production programme. Whitireia is committed to retaining the strong industry relationships that the Film School has built up and the existing partnerships that are a feature of their success.
“The purchase will provide the school with increased support and access to resources”, said Jane Kominik, Trust Board Chair, The New Zealand Film and Television School. “Being part of the Whitireia group will enable the school to extend and improve the current offering to students and will provide it with a sustainable future”.
“The Film School looked for the best fit in selling their institution to us”, said Campbell. “The school performs well against educational performance indicators and is in a stable financial position. The purchase makes for a great future in this area of tertiary training for both institutions”.
The Film School will continue to operate as it does currently with the same course content and philosophy. The school has a strong brand and presence in the marketplace and within the film industry. The success has been generated through staff, students, graduates and the facility in which it currently operates. It is New Zealand’s premier tertiary training institution, teaching the art and craft of film making, has been operating as a Private Training Establishment in Wellington since 2000 and currently offers tertiary education to around 50 students each year.
L-R Suzanne Snively ONZM, Whitireia Council Member and Jane Kominik, New
Zealand Film and Television School Trust Board Chair, sign the purchase agreement