Sculptures capture revitalisation

10 May 2016

Polytechnic students are joining local and international artists in a fortnight-long public art symposium. The local community will be able to watch the limestone carvers in action from May 9 to 15, as more than a dozen artists gather in central Westport to display their skills. The Polytechnic is a presenting partner of the Kawatiri Sculpture Symposium, which is being run by the Buller Arts and Recreation Trust with the aim of revitalising public spaces across the Buller district. Artists are being asked to explore the theme of “rejuvenation” during the symposium, exploring the history of the Buller region alongside its natural fauna and wildlife. The completed works will be placed in public viewing spaces across the district. The symposium’s origin was a gift from former student Carl Platt to the Buller district: a carved limestone seat. The Polytechnic is pleased to support the symposium and have students involved in the creative event. An unveiling event and public auction of a small number of works will be held on the evening of Friday 20 May. The community is invited to view the symposium in progress and attend the unveiling night. Dates: Monday 9 to Friday 20 May, 2016. Location: 8a Rintoul Street, Westport (opposite Caltex Diesel Stop / TNL Freight yard). Public...

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Adapting to meet demands of outbound China tourism market

22 Feb 2016

Adapting to meet demands of outbound China tourism market could have huge positive impact for West Coast economy Professor Wolfgang Georg Arlt Director of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) in Hamburg, Germany is convinced that adapting its tourism offering to meet the needs of visitors from China could have huge benefits for the West Coast economy. Professor Arlt delivered his message at the West Coast Development Think Tank hosted by Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth on 16-17 February. “The Chinese outbound tourism market has grown exponentially from 10 million border crossings in 2000 to a projected 151 million crossings for 2016. Those visitors will spend an estimated US$220 billion in 2016. That is potentially great news for the West Coast, given that there has been an increase of more than 150% in Chinese visitors to New Zealand during the last four years.” Professor Arlt warns, however, that New Zealand and the West Coast have to cater for the specific expectations of its Chinese visitors to take advantage of this opportunity. “Visitors from China regard travel as an investment rather than as a leisure activity. The ability to travel brings prestige to the traveller and is a confirmation of status amongst their peers. For the West Coast to...

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Splore 2016

11 Feb 2016

The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) is bringing live sound to the annual Splore Festival this February. MAINZ has been working with Splore since its inception in 1998, providing the sound system for the Living Lounge Zone. Splore is a celebration of art, music, performance, and dance, held from 19-20 February, at the beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park on the shores of the Firth of Thames. Tony McMaster, MAINZ HOD Live Sound and Event Production, says it’s great to be doing the business again and bringing outstanding production values to one of the most popular summer festivals in New Zealand. “This year, because of the timing, we’re going to involve our new Live Sound and Event Production students in the project and do a class field trip to set the system up on the Thursday prior to the festival.  “This will enable our fresh students to see and experience the planning and actual nuts and bolts set-up for this popular event which is now held annually.” Tony says that this year the amazing Daryl Tapsell, Programme Leader MAINZ Audio Engineering, will be mixing at front-of-house, while monitor mixing duties will be provided by Pounamu O’Brien (Live Sound graduate 2014). “The festival provides opportunities for staff and graduates to...

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Polytechnic plans new culinary programme

11 Dec 2015

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is redeveloping its culinary programmes to bring a new, uniquely West Coast flavour to its cookery training. General Manager West Coast Operations Rob van Lent says the aim is to provide a new suite of courses that reflects the vibrant West Coast tourism market, meets the expectations of visitors and the local demand for skilled chefs. “This is a great opportunity to work with our community partners and develop a training programme that will meet the needs of the local community, the wider industry and our students. “We are planning to create a high quality programme that is recognised and valued by students and industry, not just on the West Coast, but nationally and around the world. We want a programme that has synergies with other TPP developments that aim to build on the West Coast brand, our growing international relationships, and our focus on excellence in customer service and visitor experiences. “We want to get the new programme up and running as soon as possible, but we will take some time to research and plan to make sure we get it right,” Mr van Lent says. To ensure that this develops quickly and innovatively, Mr Ian Hooker has agreed to lead the development team. He...

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Polytechnic programme in demand with US students

29 Sep 2015

Polytechnic programme in demand with US students Demand is high for the next planned venture between Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) and a top United States business school. Last summer, TPP hosted 14 students from the prestigious Wharton Business School to take part in a New Zealand “Coast-to-Coast” themed leadership training course. Every year as part of their training, Wharton students take part in a series of “ventures” in locations all around the world. Director Experiential Leadership Centre Dave Ritchie says the venture was so successful that 110 Wharton students have already joined the waitlist for the next TPP-led course. “We have developed a great working relationship with Wharton Business School and they tell us that our NZ-based venture has received more interest from students than any other on offer. “It is great to know that we are making an impact on this globally recognised business education provider. We will continue to develop our partnership and welcome more Wharton students to New Zealand.” Read the full press release here. 

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Polytechnic partners with China tourism research institute

22 Sep 2015

Polytechnic partners with China tourism research institute Tourism training on the West Coast has been given a boost, as Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) announces a new partnership with the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI). TPP’s Lead Innovation Consultant Zane Smith says the partnership is important to TPP’s International Strategy, giving access to the latest information on what outbound Chinese tourists are doing around the world. “TPP has been working with COTRI on a number of projects over the last two years, most recently co-presenting a seminar at the China Outbound Tourism and Trade Market in Beijing. “The exclusive partnership we have set up with COTRI means we now have at our fingertips the latest detailed information on what’s happening within China and with Chinese people traveling globally. We can use this information to tailor our training to the needs of the market.” TPP plans to integrate tourism training programmes with COTRI and is offering Chinese Tourists Welcoming (CTW) training programmes within New Zealand. These programmes are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the Chinese market and concentrate on maximising product offerings and providing the high quality service to this important source tourism market. TPP and COTRI are also working on a range of services specific to the...

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SARINZ

14 Sep 2015

Allegations of short changing student learning time on its search and rescue courses and enrolling staff as “ghost students” are baseless says Tai Poutini Polytechnic. These allegations have been made against Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) by the Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand (SARINZ), a private search and rescue training company, which has a commercial history with TPP. The Polytechnic has contracted SARINZ to deliver training programmes in the past but this commercial relationship ended in 2013 when the Polytechnic started delivering the training directly.   Over the years the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have independently investigated a range of complaints from SARINZ against TPP, and found them to have no foundation. TPP stands by its search and rescue delivery and works closely with New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) – the national coordinating body for the search and rescue sector – to ensure that all training delivered is appropriate and enhances the safety of the sector. The Polytechnic continues to refute the most recent claims made by SARINZ, through Labour MP David Cunliffe, which are addressed specifically below: “Ghost enrolments” – all student enrolments require passport or birth certificate verification to qualify for funding. In addition all search and rescue-related enrolments...

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