How OP works

The Otago Polytechnic Limited Board (Board) is the governing body of Otago Polytechnic Limited. Members of the Board are appointed by the Minister of Education. The Board usually meets monthly and has defined responsibilities for governing the Polytechnic.

The Board employs the Chief Executive (Tumu Whakarae), Dr Megan Gibbons, who is responsible for leading and managing the Polytechnic. The Chief Executive (Tumu Whakarae) employs all other staff including the Executive Leadership Team:

The organisational chart link below illustrates the reporting lines to the Chief Executive (Tumu Whakarae) and the Executive Leadership Team.




Otago Polytechnic Limited is required to have an Academic Committee which ensures quality programmes of study; it is made up of representatives of key groups and learner representatives. It meets monthly and is chaired by the Chief Executive (Tumu Whakarae) or delegate. Academic Committee has a number of Standing Committees such as the Research and Postgraduate Committee, and Programme Approvals Committee.

A number of other committees are convened for specific purposes such as the Research Ethics Committee, and the Library Committee. Should learners wish to raise a matter with any of these committees, they need to contact the Chief Executive’s (Tumu Whakarae) Office who will be able to put you in touch with the relevant person.

Otago Polytechnic Limited has Dunedin campus which is divided into five (5) academic Colleges:

  • College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP)
  • College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL)
  • College of Health
  • College of Work Based Learning, including Central Otago
  • Te Maru Pumanawa/College of Creative Practice and Enterprise


Plus the the international campus in Auckland, Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus.   Each academic area has a Head of College who is responsible for the academic management within their area and reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Academic Delivery (Manukura Tuarua – Ara Auahataka).

Otago Polytechnic Limited have a Memorandum of Understanding with Kāi Tahu and demonstrate this relationship in many ways by honouring and attending to appropriate protocols such as mihi whakatau and by ensuring that curriculum content and delivery includes appropriate Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi related learning.

We work closely with professions, industries, employers and advisory groups to ensure our programmes of study and teachers remain current and that we know what our graduates need to be able to do. We strive to provide a learning environment that challenges, inspires, and motivates all learners to gain the qualification and skills that are sought after by employers or that will equip graduates to establish their businesses.

We take pride in our personalised approach to learning, and we recognise the teacher: learner relationship as an important partnership to help learners to realise their potential and achieve their goals. Our programmes of study can have a face-to-face, mix of online, face to face/online, self-managed learning activities and authentic work experiences designed to help to learn and to develop capability.

Otago Polytechnic Limited have developed ways to measure learner capability with the intention that learners will be able to assess themself and track their progress and development. A final assessment on completion of a learner’s qualification will give them the information to share with future employer/s about their broader capability skills and readiness for work (refer below to Building Capability (Being Work Ready).