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TwentyTwo helps Toi Ohomai take home International Award

30 October 2019, by Duncan Mitchell


Congratulations to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology who took out the Australasia "Institution of the Year" award at the 2019 Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association Awards. 

As partners of Toi Ohomai our team were immensely proud to see one of our clients win an international award off the back of some high-level strategic work we were part of,” says Duncan Mitchell, TwentyTwo Director.


“I believe the work that Toi Ohomai Council commissioned TwentyTwo to do on developing our Campus Strategy in 2017 provided a strong long term strategic platform for achieving this Award result,” says Catherine Cooney, Toi Ohomai Council Chairperson.


TwentyTwo worked closely with Toi Ohomai Council, Senior Leadership and the Facilities Team, to undertake an asset review of their two merging campuses and put together a forward-thinking, strategic facility and asset master plan.

Toi Ohomai is an amalgamation of two well performing institutions – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga and Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. The institutions merged in 2016 to better meet the education and employment needs of the Bay of Plenty/South Waikato region.

The award's criteria were based on business best practice, innovation in management and strategic problem-solving, as well as positive impact. The winning entry submitted by the Facilities Team focused on the challenges of merging 68 sites across the regions, and the subsequent impact on the institute's facilities portfolio, structure and stakeholder engagement.

“We are proud to have been part of this challenging journey with the Toi Ohomai team. This award is well deserved, congratulations to the Facilities Team for taking home the win,” says Duncan Mitchell.


Toi Ohomai Tauranga Facilities Manager Lizzie Reinecke receives the award.

Toi Ohomai Tauranga Facilities Manager Lizzie Reinecke receives the award.



Read more about the work the TwentyTwo team did with Toi Ohomai in a 2018 interview with Catherine Cooney, Toi Ohomai Council Chairperson– Connecting Property Objectives with Organisational Strategy






About the author

Lives on Asian food. Listens to music that sounds like a washing machine. Once played the clarinet! Dreams of lazy days sailing. Rides a mean mountain bike. Predicts the weather. Avoids crowds and dancing.

Duncan leads our Strategy practice area which includes our property strategy, workplace strategy, strategic briefing, technology and master planning areas and has been the driving force behind the growth of this practice area. Duncan remains focused on how the workplace (physical environment, technology, people and process) can best support organisational performance.

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