New manager for Polytechnic’s West Coast Faculty

10 Nov 2016

New manager for Polytechnic’s West Coast Faculty Putting people into jobs, enticing new students to the West Coast and working with business to deliver the education outcomes the region needs are three key goals of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) new West Coast General Manager Teresa Schwellnus. Dr Schwellnus, who took on the role at the beginning of August, says she is energised about the opportunities on the West Coast. Emigrating from South Africa in 2000, where she was a Professor in Private Law, Dr Schwellnus has since held senior roles at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education and the Ara Institute of Canterbury. “It is exciting for me to actually be getting a chance to do a broader role. I am passionate about getting people into jobs. I believe in ‘education for employment’, that is, seeing real employment outcomes for students. “I also enjoy the regional development aspect of this role. TPP is not only an employer in the region,we are also a big provider of skilled staff to local businesses. We need to be working as part of the wider business economy to make sure we are meeting the needs of the West Coast. “I drive around the region and see this as the land of opportunity – we have plenty of everything and TPP has...

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Summer driving tips from TPP

1 Nov 2016

Summer driving tips from TPP Ivan Wilson *Ivan Wilson *Tutor  *– * Road Safety Co-ordinator, Tai Poutini Polytechnic Before you get behind the wheel these summer holidays, check out our summer driving tips. *Plan* your journey; give yourself time to make the trip without rushing. *Check* your car is road safe; don’t forget to fill your window washing fluid, water, oil and fuel.  Check your spare is in the boot! *Handy* items to take on your journey include: a first aid kit, torch, emergency blanket, jacket, wet wipes, tissues, power pack and jumper leads. *Pack* your car well. Don’t overload your car and ensure everything is tied down. *Buckle* up and ensure children are in the right seat. *Share* driving, take regular breaks and if you do get tired take a power nap – it could save you. *Stay* hydrated; sip water and don’t forget the snacks. *Observ*e the speed limits, drive to the conditions and keep a safe following distance. *Sunstrik*e will become an issue in the early morning and later in the day.  Remember your sunnies and sunscreen!  *Don’*t drink and drive; have a safe option. Remain focused on the drive so you’ll be ready to spot hazards before they morph into something serious. Have a Safe...

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Opining of trades-training facility in Greymouth

29 Aug 2016

Polytech to open trades-training facility in Greymouth Old workshops are about to be replaced with a state-of-the-art trades-training facility in central Greymouth creating new learning opportunities and improved learning outcomes for students at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP). The new facility will officially open on Wednesday 31 August 2016. The facility will offer specialised equipment, high-tech workspaces and an enhanced learning environment for West Coast students. The new facility highlights the Polytechnic’s commitment to the region and to delivering on the needs of industry. TPP Head of Department Trades Warren Smith says the new facility will allow TPP to become a “one-stop-shop” for automotive engineering training – for Trades Academy students at local high schools, through to new and current TPP students as well as offering industry professionals the chance develop and up-skill. “The facility will give us the ability to progress further than we have been able to in the past,” says Mr Smith. The Trades Training Facility offers a spacious learning environment and has the advantage of state-of-the-art technology that connects students to their work. With the latest equipment and more workshop spaces, TPP can run additional, specialised training in parallel with fundamental trades programmes. “The focus is on delivering quality programmes to existing students and new learners. We...

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Appointment of new CE

20 Jun 2016

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) has appointed an academic with experience in the Australia and New Zealand tertiary sectors to lead the institute while recruitment gets underway for a permanent chief executive. TPP Council Chair Graeme McNally says the appointment of Alex Cabrera as Acting Chief Executive for the remainder of 2016 gives the Polytechnic confidence and certainty as it looks to recruit a permanent leader. “Alex is a skilled manager, with experience in the New Zealand and Australian tertiary education sector. His strengths are in the areas of building team capability, engagement and organisation performance. “We are very pleased to welcome Alex to the Polytechnic and the Council looks forward to working with him over the coming months.” Alex Cabrera was the Chief Executive of Aoraki Polytechnic until its recent merger with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology to create the Ara Institute. He was the Deputy Chief Executive at Aoraki Polytechnic from 2011 to 2012, the Executive Director Planning and Development at the University of Canberra in Australia from 2007 to 2011 and the Operations Manager at Weltec from 2004 to 2007. Graeme McNally says that Alex Cabrera will work closely with the Polytechnic Council, staff and the wider community over the coming months. He will divide his time between the Polytechnic’s Greymouth, Auckland and Christchurch campuses.

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Sculptures set to “blow community away”

8 Jun 2016

 Sculptures set to “blow community away” Buller district residents and visitors can expect to see an exciting series of sculptures pop-up in locations across the region in the coming months. The hard work, sweat and artistry of two weeks’ solid stone carving culminated in a successful unveiling event for the Kawatiri Sculpture Symposium on Friday night (20 May 2016). Over the previous two week, Tai Poutini Polytechnic students joined local and international artists to produce a series of carvings for the West Coast community to enjoy. The event, run by the Buller Arts and Recreation Trust and supported by the Polytechnic, aims to revitalise public spaces across the district by challenging artists to produce works for public display in a demanding environment. Buller Community Development Facilitator Pete Howard says it has been an amazing experience to watch students work alongside established artists to produce some stunning works of art. “The students have really stepped-up in what has been a mammoth challenge. The series of public works will be a fantastic showcase of the skills we’ve all watched in real-time over the two weeks. We are finalising locations now and people can expect so see them installed within the next three to six months.” The two-week symposium saw sculptors...

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Outdoor Education Service Project

7 Jun 2016

Service Project and Natural History Lessons 22 Certificate in Outdoor Education students headed up to Punakaiki on Tuesday 24th May to plant 450 native trees and do some flax maintenance at the Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project. It is an impressive long-term project between Conservation Volunteers, DOC, Rio Tinto, and Lincoln University that has been running since 2008. So far they have had 7580 volunteer days and planted 132,455 trees - plus 450 trees that we planted yesterday.  

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