Tairawhiti Polytechnic was a public New Zealand tertiary education institution. The main campus is based in Gisborne in the North Island. It provides full- and part-time education leading to certificates, diplomas, and applied bachelor's degrees. In January 2011, Eastern Institute of Technology officially merged with Tairawhiti Polytechnic in Gisborne.
EIT’s Centre for Health Research highlights the important and innovative research into health-related issues in the Schools of Nursing and Recreation & Sport, as well as those with other EIT and external collaborators. The aims of the Centre are to advance health knowledge, clinical practice, health management and health education through high quality research. The Centre also creates opportunity to foster collaborative health research and create links between EIT and research partners.
Widely acclaimed for his achievements in promoting MÄori health, David Tipene-Leach is EIT’s newly appointed Professor of MÄori and Indigenous Research. “Moving out of clinical practice is a huge change and I will miss patient care,” says Professor Tipene-Leach, who, for the last 10 years, was a general medical practitioner with Hauora Heretaunga at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. While Star Wars’ legends C_3PO and R2-D2 may not be quaking in their metal boots, Hawke’s Bay Schools Trades Academy students are designing and building ‘robots’ that are smart enough to play ball. Working in teams, high school students enrolled in EIT’s newly-launched trades academy Level 3 computer technology programme are designing, building and programming robots that they control as ‘players’ in soft ball competitions staged in the classroom’s ‘games arena’.“It’s learning in a fun, engaging and practical environment,” enthuses senior IT lecturer Istvan Lengyel, who has been working with high school students across the region for the last 18 months, getting them interested in both programming and electronics. “The emphasis for this new offering is on programming and introducing senior school students to robotics control, media design and prototyping.”