Council and Management

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Council

Legal Status

TPP is a polytechnic established under the Education Act 1989. It is governed by a Council. 

The Council has a significant leadership role for TPP, particularly in setting institutional directions and strategy. Under the Education Act this role manifests itself in Council responsibility for the following functions:

  • appointing a Chief Executive; 
  • long term planning for overall viability; 
  • Investment Plan development for negotiation with the TEC; and 
  • ensuring that TPP is managed in accordance with the Investment Plan.

The Duties of the Council

It is the duty of the Council in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers:

(a) to strive to ensure that the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training, and research

(b) to acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi 

(c) to encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by the institution so as to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities with particular emphasis on those groups in those communities

(d) to ensure that the institution does not discriminate unfairly against any person

(e) to ensure that the institution operates in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the institution’s long-term viability

(f) to ensure that proper standards of integrity, conduct, and concern for: 

(i) the public interest; and 

(ii) the well being of students attending the institution are maintained.

The Council members are drawn from people highly experienced in education sector; members of the community; and members who represent the particular “flavour” of the region, e.g., tourism, business, or mining.

Constitution and Membership

The Council of Tai Poutini Polytechnic consists of:

  • Four members appointed by the Minister of Tertiary Education
  • Four members appointed by the Council in accordance with its statutes.

Council Meetings

Council meetings are public and are usually held on the third Tuesday of every second month at 10.00 am in the Conference Room at Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Greymouth Campus. 

Meeting dates for 2019:

  • 19 February
  • 16 April
  • 18 June
  • 20 August
  • 15 October
  • 17 December

Current Council Members:

  • Mr Andrew Robb (Chair).  15 December 2016 to 30 April 2020
  • Ms Raelyn Lourie (Deputy Chair).  1 July 2016 to 30 April 2020
  • Mr Kevin Stratful.  26 May 2016 to 30 April 2020
  • Mr Andy England. 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2020

Committees of the Council

Academic Board (AB)
The Council is required to establish and maintain an Academic Board in accordance with Section 182 of the Education Act 1989 to: 

(a) advise the Council on matters relating to programmes of study or training awards and any other academic matters;
(b) exercise powers delegated to it by the Council; and
(c) ensure that the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research.

It is chaired by the Chief Executive.

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee is responsible for: 

  • arrangements with the external auditor and for reviewing the findings of the external auditor 
  • reviewing and approving accounting and financial policies 
  • overview of statutory compliance 
  • establishing and reviewing internal audit projects 

It is chaired by Council member, Kevin Stratful.

Chief Executive Performance Committee
The Chief Executive Performance Committee is responsible for: 

  • establishing the Chief Executive performance agreement and monitoring progress with its achievement 
  • recommending remuneration and performance payments 
  • discussions with the Chief Executive about performance and development. 

It is the view of the Council that, with the exception of these committees, it believes that good practice governance requires a “whole of Council” approach to carrying out its roles and responsibilities. Further, it accepts its responsibilities to, as far as practicable, conduct its governance activities in an open and transparent manner. 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Management

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