Who are we?
Tai Poutini Polytechnic, based on New Zealand’s spectacular West Coast and with campuses in Wanaka, Christchurch and Auckland, offers students exciting opportunities to get a head start in their career or take the next step on their learning journey.
We are part of Te Pūkenga, the national vocational tertiary education provider, offering popular study options that meet the needs of our local region. Tai Poutini Polytechnic works collaboratively with industry, community partners and training providers to deliver programmes that help people get into real jobs in the community or get ahead in their chosen career.
More than a polytechnic, Tai Poutini Polytechnic also supports the West Coast’s economic and social development by getting behind great local initiatives. Our size is often our strength. Because we’re small we can get to know you: our staff and students are a family and we can flex to meet local needs.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic, along with all the country’s other polytechnics, became a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga in 2020.
In 2019, Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins announced a proposal to reform New Zealand’s vocational education system. Following public consultation, seven key changes were agreed:
- Create Te Pūkenga: A unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education, bringing together the existing 16 ITPs.
- Create Workforce Development Councils.
- Establish Regional Skills Leadership Groups.
- Establish Te Taumata Aronui.
- Shift the role of supporting workplace learning from ITOs to providers.
- Establish Centres of Vocational Excellence.
- Unify the vocational education funding system.
Once fully established, Te Pūkenga will provide a flexible combination of campus-based, online and work-based learning to meet the needs of learners and employers. In partnership, Te Pūkenga is designing how we bring all our providers together and deliver a vocational education and training system to meet the needs of all New Zealanders, now and in the future.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic is part of Te Pūkenga, giving us access to more resources, more options for learners and more opportunities for innovation. We are playing a big part in the sector reforms, testing new ideas and being proactive with initiatives. Being part of the change means we can help secure the future of training on the West Coast.
It’s exciting to take part in a new way of working. Whatever the new model looks like, we know training still needs to be delivered on the West Coast and we’re focused on meeting the needs of our region.
Programmes and study options
Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers a wide range of programmes that support local businesses and aim to get learners ready for work on the West Coast – you’ll find a full list of programmes and short courses here.
The institute’s popular Outdoor Education programmes teach technical, leadership and teamwork skills on West Coast rivers and mountains along with a Ski Patrol programme based in Wanaka that makes the most of the South Island’s world-famous ski fields. A base on the West Coast also allows Jade and Hard Stone Carving students to get right to the cultural and historic source of their material. Likewise, Civil Plant students prepare for jobs in the roading, forestry and mining industries on purpose-built work sites in Greymouth and Auckland, while agriculture students have the use of the TPP Reefton farm.
These are just some of TPP’s many popular full-time, part-time or short programmes, which include business, trainee chef, tourism and hospitality, carpentry, automotive and engineering. All programmes are focused on industry expectations and tutors enjoy strong relationships with local businesses so learning is relevant and useful to the market. The institute’s aim is to get students into real jobs in the community and help create better futures for everyone.
West Coast students also have the option of living in TPP’s own student accommodation facilities. A home away from home while you’re studying. Tai Poutini Village offers 58 individual rooms and shared facilities for students. Village staff provide you with a living environment which encourages and supports the educational mission of the Polytechnic, supporting students in their chosen programme of study, and helping them to develop personally, socially and culturally.
Our reputation for the quality of graduates is outstanding. Call into one of our campuses and check out what's available or use our free 0800 number - 0800 800 411 to ask for more information or check out our programme listings on this website.
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