A few memories from the year.
A few memories from the year.
A power surge disrupted computer systems at Witt yesterday causing many classes to be cancelled and leaving some students fearful for their academic records.
Access to the Witt’s online teaching resource, Moodle, as well as internet and email services were down until about 3.30pm yesterday.
The problems stemmed from a power cut during Saturday’s storm and a related surge.
“What happened was it blew the data server and we can’t access emails, internet – basically we have no computers,” the New Plymouth institute’s promotions officer Veronica Andrews said.
“Some classes have been cancelled, especially the computing classes because they can’t get on at all, and quite a few classes have been postponed,” she said.
Witt computing student Scott Mathews had found the IT problems frustrating.
“I have an assignment due 5 o’clock Tuesday, and basically I need one important document off Moodle that ties in with the assignment, but I can’t access it,” the 21-year-old said.
Mr Mathews said he doubted he would get any leeway with his deadline, as he was already on an exemption.
“So if I can’t get it, I’ll fail,” he said.
IT services company Gen-i was trying on campus to solve the problem yesterday.
The company said other businesses in New Plymouth had been affected by the problem but was unwilling to comment further.
Kyle Wadsworth is a Witt journalism student.
A last-minute decision to enter one of New Zealand’s premier hospitality competitions has paid off for three Witt students.
Aspiring chefs Shilo Laffoley, 17, Kang Seng, 19, and Andrew Marfell, 22, won one gold and two bronze medals at the City & Guilds Training Team of the Year contest in Auckland this week.
“I cried when I won the gold,” Miss Laffoley, who took out the front-of-house restaurant service section, said. “I have never done anything like this before.
“It’s opened up heaps of opportunities for me.”
Mr Seng and Mr Marfell each won a bronze for their kitchen and cooking skills at the event, which is open to students studying towards the internationally recognised City & Guilds qualification.
Mr Marfell said the pressure was on as he and Mr Seng had to prepare 18 meals in a short space of time.
Today Witt released their new promotional material for 2013 – and turned me into the journalism posterboy! Haha!
It was pretty exciting seeing the end result, but a little weird and I’m not a big fan of the photo lol. But all good.
I wrote some of the student profiles in the Witt 2013 Prospectus – you can read them on the Articles page.
I’m looking forward to the posters being delivered so I can snatch one! Hehe
By Kyle Wadsworth
At just age 21, Muhammad Khan has traveled the world for his
Born and raised in South Africa, the bright young student completed
high school in Saudi Arabia and is now studying toward his dream
occupation at Witt.
“My father gave me an option to travel the world and study
Muhammad is completing the National Diploma in Information and
Communications Technology, and has been intrigued with computer
systems from a young age.
“From around [age] 12 or 13, I started opening up my system, to find
out what was working, what was going on, what the sounds were,” he
In 2011, he completed the Certificate in Information and Computing
Technology, passing many of his papers with merit. After the
diploma, he plans to stay in New Zealand and complete the degree.
With a dream job of working in database administration, he’s proud
to say that he chose to study with Witt.
“If you complete the qualification at Witt, it’s highly likely you’ll get a
job anywhere in New Zealand.”
“I’m looking forward to the day I graduate with a smile on my face!”
By Kyle Wadsworth | Witt International Prospectus 2013
As soon as Binuka Prajapati finished high school in Kathmandu, she enrolled to study
in New Zealand.
The Nepalese student said she wanted to study nursing in an English speaking
country, so she could get a top quality education.
“We do have nursing studies in Nepal, but I really wanted to study nursing overseas
as it is better value, that’s why I came to New Zealand,” she said.
“I really wanted to come over here because it’s a beautiful country.”
Binuka chose to complete the Bachelor of Nursing at WITT, and said she was “very”
impressed with the support she got from her tutors.
By Kyle Wadsworth | Witt Prospectus 2013
Gursharanjit “Sunny” Singh is passionate about business and finance.
In 2011, the 21-year-old left India to study in New Zealand, but discovered
he wasn’t able to get into university straight away. He decided to live with his
brother in New Plymouth, and discovered Witt.
“The environment is really good, the classrooms are tidy, and kiwis are so
Passionate about business and finance, the full-time student is studying the
New Zealand Diploma in Business. After graduation, he plans on completing the
degree with a finance major.
“You can become an accountant, work in a bank or other financial areas.”
Sunny had limited experience with computers before coming to study, but said
he really enjoyed learning how to use one.
“Before study I was not computer literate, I had never done assignments on
computer before,” he said.
Sunny said his success was all thanks to his tutors and their support.
“Tutors are always available to help you with any questions or queries about