Chapter 1: Overview

2012 final funding allocations

1.13A total of $250 million in PBRF funding was available in 2012 and allocated as shown in Table 1.1 below.

Table 1.1: Final 2012 PBRF funding allocations – by measures

TEO Quality Evaluation External Research Income Research Degree Completion Total Funding
University of Auckland $40,525,364 $13,817,320 $20,021,776 $74,364,460
University of Otago $33,636,984 $8,267,427 $10,565,142 $52,469,553
Massey University $21,833,456 $4,975,401 $7,636,798 $34,445,655
University of Canterbury $15,896,278 $2,757,902 $7,255,801 $25,909,981
Victoria University of Wellington $14,600,714 $2,970,948 $6,034,751 $23,606,413

Table 1.1: Final 2012 PBRF funding allocations – by measures – continued

TEO Quality Evaluation External Research Income Research Degree Completion Total Funding
University of Waikato $9,568,154 $1,776,951 $4,137,787 $15,482,892
Lincoln University $4,679,326 $2,035,199 $1,958,441 $8,672,966
Auckland University of Technology $4,108,163 $608,199 $3,192,820 $7,909,182
Unitec New Zealand $2,331,493 $59,177 $924,740 $3,315,410
Otago Polytechnic $500,849 $77,730 $123,816 $702,395
Waikato Institute of Technology $346,099 $9,595 $252,407 $608,101
Manukau Institute of Technology $496,857 $14,185 - $511,042
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology $376,118 $20,268 - $396,386
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi $199,482 $57,431 $117,052 $373,965
Eastern Institute of Technology $159,704 $22,221 $62,803 $244,728
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand $174,787 $5,342 - $180,129
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa $162,661 - - $162,661
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design $42,883 - $169,111 $211,994
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology $85,360 - - $85,360
Whitireia Community Polytechnic $63,586 $14,529 - $78,115
Laidlaw College $25,878 - $46,754 $72,632
Northland Polytechnic $54,566 $2,255 - $56,821
Carey Baptist College $51,756 - - $51,756
Bethlehem Institute of Education $22,181 $7,920 - $30,101
AIS St Helens $22,181 - - $22,181
Good Shepherd College $22,181 - - $22,181
Anamata $12,939 - - $12,939
Total $150,000,000 $37,500,000 $62,500,000 $250,000,000

1.14All 27 PBRF-participating TEOs received funding through the QE measure in 2012. A total of $150 million of PBRF funding was allocated across TEOs in 2012 based on 2006 QE scores.

1.15For 2012, 19 providers were eligible to receive their share of $37.5 million in ERI funding, based on a weighted average derived from their 2008 to 2010 performance.

1.16Also based on performance in 2008 to 2010, a total of $62.5 million in RDC funding was available for allocation to 15 TEOs in 2012.


1.17Together, New Zealand’s eight universities received 97.14 percent of the final PBRF funding in 2012.

1.18In 2012, as in 2011, the University of Auckland and the University of Otago together received slightly more than 50 percent of the total available funding. There were nevertheless distinct differences in the relative strengths of these two highest performing universities in the PBRF.

1.19Of all participating TEOs, the University of Auckland received the greatest share of the total QE allocation. However, in terms of its overall PBRF funding it received proportionately less from this measure than the University of Otago. The proportion of total funding made up by the QE component was 64.11 percent for the University of Otago, and 54.50 percent for the University of Auckland.

1.20Conversely, the University of Auckland generated significantly higher proportions of funding from the two other components. RDC and ERI funding respectively made up 26.92 and 18.58 percent of its total allocation, while these same measures accounted for 20.14 and 15.76 percent of the University of Otago’s overall PBRF funding.

ITP sectorTop

1.21In 2012, the ITP sector received 2.47 percent of the total PBRF funding. As in 2011, the performance-based distribution of this $6.18 million was highly variable between TEOs.

1.22Unitec New Zealand alone received 53.66 percent of the entire PBRF funds allocated to the ITP sector – a total of $3.32 million and an increase of 6.39 percent from 2011. Otago Polytechnic had the second highest total PBRF allocation of the ITPs, with $702,395.

1.23While the QE component accounted for the majority of each ITP’s total PBRF allocation, the proportion of individual providers’ funding made up of this measure ranged widely, from 56.91 percent at Waikato Institute of Technology to 100 percent at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

1.24Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Otago Polytechnic received the highest proportion of ERI funding as a proportion of their total funding with18.60 percent and 11.07 percent respectively.

1.25Allocations for RDCs were paid to four ITPs, and in each case this measure was a significant source of revenue. Waikato Institute of Technology received the highest proportion of RDC as a percentage of its total PBRF funding at 41.51 percent or $252,407 and Unitec New Zealand received the highest dollar amount of RDC funding for the ITP sector with $924,740, representing 27.89 percent of its total PBRF total funding.

Wānanga and PTE sectorsTop

1.26The wānanga and PTE sectors respectively received 0.21 and 0.17 percent of the total PBRF fund in 2012.

1.27For almost all of these provider types, the largest proportion of their final 2012 PBRF funding came from the QE measure, with four of the seven participating PTEs receiving 100 percent of their funding from this component. Exceptions to this rule were Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and Laidlaw College, the only PTEs to receive RDC funding from which they were allocated 79.77 percent and 64.37 percent of their total PBRF funding respectively.

1.28Bethlehem Institute of Education was the only PTE to receive ERI funding ($7,920), which accounted for 26.31 percent of its total PBRF funding.

1.29Of the two participating wānanga, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi produced the strongest performance, attracting funding from all three measures to make up its total $373,965 for 2012 (an increase of 35.54 percent on its 2011 funding), of which 53.34 percent was from QE, 15.36 percent was from ERI, and 31.30 percent was from RDC. Conversely, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s lesser PBRF funding was derived entirely from the institution’s 2006-based performance in the QE.