O week – MAINZ Auckland

15 Feb 2017

O week – MAINZ Auckland  Welcome to the MAINZ 2017 Academic Year! We kick off the year with great orientation activities giving you opportunities to meet with others and give you a taste of the types of things you can achieve through studying at MAINZ – starting each morning with bands out of the front of Victoria Street to welcome you in,  BBQ’s every lunch time, and regular gigs from students and staff playing at various times. Orientation is important – for all students.  It is more than just fun activities – it allows you to meet the staff, meet other students, think about your future, and find out what you can do to make the most of being a MAINZ student. Orientation is about place, people and planning. For those new to MAINZ, we will have a formal Mihi Whakatau on Tuesday, with plenty of time to practice waiata beforehand (we are a music school after all).  Returning students are encouraged to be part of the MAINZ welcoming party. Keep an eye out for the daily activities, and I wish you all the best for your studies at MAINZ.  Dr Christine Fenton MAINZ General Manager (Acting)

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Taking a SWOT at building your business

9 Feb 2017

Taking a SWOT at building your business There’s lots of jargon in the business world – and some of it can be really useful if you’re looking to make the most of your business. Have you ever heard the term “SWOT analysis” and wondered what it means? A SWOT analysis is essentially a study of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing your business. It’s a really useful way to see where your business is at, so you can ensure your future success in the face of internal challenges and external risks and so you can capitalise on strengths and opportunities. Taking a SWOT at building your business2   Want to know how to do a SWOT analysis? For more information about understanding your business environment, come and see Kate or Ian at TPP to talk about our Business and Management Diplomas.

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Make the right decisions – Pareto can help!

1 Feb 2017

Make the right decisions – Pareto can help!  Kate Campbell *Kate Campbell* Tutor – NZ Diploma in Business, Tai Poutini Polytechnic When you’re about to make a big decision or change in your business, it’s worthwhile giving it some extra thought. A Pareto Analysis is essentially a tool that you can use to analyse which potential changes to your business will result in the greatest benefits. Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist who noted that approximately 80% of a society’s wealth was owned by only 20% of the population.  Otherwise known as the 80:20 rule, the Pareto Effect also notes that 20% of the work typically generates 80% of the benefit. How can you make it work for you? *Step 1: * Create a list of the changes you could make to the way you do your work. *Step 2:* Score the changes. The scoring method you use will depend on the sort of problem you are facing.  If, for example, you are trying to improve profitability, you would score options on the basis of how much profit each option would generate. If you were trying to improve customer satisfaction, you might score on the number of complaints eliminated by each change. The first change to tackle is the one with...

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Employment agreements – basics for business

26 Jan 2017

Employment agreements – basics for business Employment agreements basics for business Did you know that as of 1 July 2011 all employers are required to retain a signed copy of an employment agreement for all employees, and provide a copy of the agreement on request to the employee? So here’s what you must include:   Names of the employee and employer A description of work to be performed Place of work Hours of work Wages or salary A plain English explanation of problem solving processes and how to raise a Personal Grievance An Employee Protection Provision Arrangements for working on a public holiday But if you want to make it even easier, check out MBIE’s Employment Agreement Builder at https://employment.govt.nz/starting-employment/employment-agreements/employment-agreement-builder/ Want to know more? Come and see Kate or Ian at TPP to talk about our Business and Management Diplomas. Learn more http://tpp.ac.nz/diploma-business or call us on 0800 800 411

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Welcome to Greymouth Students

25 Jan 2017

Welcome to Greymouth Students Kia ora koutou katoa e te whanau o te kuratini o te tai o poutini, That time again to welcome our manuhiri (visitors/students) to our campus and make them part of our whanau (family).  There will be a powhiri on Monday 13th, at 9.45 a.m. in the Atrium.  If you could ask your students to please gather at the front of the polytechnic at 9.30 a.m for a pre-brief that would be great.  I will be pushing to have the welcome over by 10.00 a.m so that we can slide into the time frame of our normal morning tea and then after the students have had some kai (food – which will be in the atrium) they can move off with their tutor/s after morning tea break.  Please come along and support! Mauri ora,

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New year – new body

1 Jan 2017

New year – new body Shar Ransom 4 *Shar Ransom Tutor* – Pre Health and Science, Tai Poutini Polytechnic We take our car for a warrant of fitness every six months but what about our bodies? The New Year is a great time to continue or start new and healthier habits. *Do you have balance in your life?* Can you say to yourself: today I have achieved one social goal (like having a cuppa with a friend), one healthy goal (such as having a salad for lunch or skipping that extra alcoholic drink), and one feel-good goal (like doing something that spins your wheels)? *Have you had a health check-up?* Do you know if your blood pressure is within a healthy range for your age (approximately  120/80)? Are your blood sugar levels between 3.9-6.1 mmols/L? What is a healthy weight for your height? For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5-24.9 range. When did your GP last order a cholesterol check for you? *Am I eating my colours?* Try to eat fruit or vegies from each colour group each day: white,orange, red, green, brown, purple. This helps ensure an adequate intake of healthy vitamins and minerals *What about my immunisation status?* Is it time for a tetanus booster? *Summer...

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WC open day

20 Dec 2016

WC Open Day. Chat with tutors about 2017 study options. Free Coffee and BBQ.

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Holiday close down

14 Dec 2016

MAINZ Auckland, TPP Westport and Reefton will be closed from 5pm Friday 16 December.  All other Tai Poutini Polytechnic Campuses will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 21 December 2016. All campuses will be re-opening Monday 9 January 2017. Wishing you a Safe and Merry Christmas. Tai Poutini Polytechnic

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Graduation day road closures

6 Dec 2016

Graduation day road closures The NZ Transport Agency is advising all users of the Coast Road, SH6 through Punakaiki between Westport and Greymouth, that they will need to take the Reefton route (SH 7) on Friday, 9 December. Mackay Street Mile - Friday 9 December 2016 Mackay Street from Regent Theatre to Custom Street, including Tainui Street from Mackay Street to Mawhera Quay  - 4pm to 9pm.

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Keeping safe from scammers

1 Dec 2016

Keeping safe from scammers Bob Gilmore *Bob Gilmore *Tutor – ICT and Computing, Tai Poutini Polytechnic Computer or phone scams target everyone, regardless of your age, background or income. They succeed because they look or sound like the real thing and catch us out because we want to be polite or helpful. Here are a few tips to help protect yourself from computer scams. Know who you’re dealing with. If you’ve only met someone online do a little research. If they provide you with a photo, you can search for it using Google Image Search (http://images.google.com[http://images.google.com/]) and see if they are who they say they are. Many scams are documented online. Check a website like http://www.snopes.com[http://www.snopes.com/] which has information on thousands of scams, including current scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter and a stranger isn’t going to give you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Never send money, credit card details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust. Watch out for friend or contact requests from people you already have contact with. Many scammers steal someone’s identity, set up a fake account and then attempt to scam that person’s real friends....

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