Inspiring Communities Workshop

10 Jul 2019

Inspiring Communities Workshop Explore how to run meetings and workshops that are fun and informative, working with ways that really involve community members, by taking part in a Facilitating Community‐led Change workshop in Greymouth this month. Aimed at anyone who is active in the community – charity groups, locally elected representatives, district councils and more – the workshop will help you learn how to bring people together and get great results from community events. The Monday 22 July workshop is a partnership between Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), Grey District Council, Core, Community Trust South and Inspiring Communities. TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says there has been strong interest in the event, but there’s still time for people to sign‐up. “TPP is here to support the local community and help make events like this happen. It’s a great opportunity for people working in and with community to learn skills and techniques to help create some great outcomes for the region.” This workshop will help participants to: create cohesive groups; polish their role as a facilitator; explore approaches that build common agendas; learn participation techniques; deal with difficult behaviour and conflict. Inspiring Communities’ Cissy Rock says the workshop covers the basic principles of community‐led change and helps people learn facilitation skills...

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West Coast likely to benefit from sector review

26 Jun 2019

West Coast likely to benefit from sector review 24 June 2019 Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is expecting the West Coast to benefit from proposed changes to the tertiary education sector when final decisions are announced by the Minister of Education. TPP has been supportive of the proposals since they were released for consultation earlier this year. Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says the proposals offer some exciting opportunities for the West Coast, which faces challenges to the delivery of tertiary education largely due to geographical and population matters. “We’ve known for some time that TPP needs to change in order to ensure the continued delivery of quality, sustainable tertiary education on the West Coast. Our own submission to the proposals focused on emphasising the potential benefits for the West Coast and included our desire to become one of the “early adopters” of change. “While there has been some talk in the media over the weekend about what the final decision might include, I am conscious that the Minister has not yet made an announcement and the detail of his decision is not yet fully understood. However I have been encouraged by the minister’s comments about improving access to quality education in regional New Zealand. “TPP is committed to making the most of what is ahead – both for our organisation...

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TPP quality rating improves following NZQA review

8 Mar 2019

TPP quality rating improves following NZQA review 8 March 2019 TPP has had great news today, with the release of the latest NZQA review showing an improvement on last year’s quality rating. NZQA’s External Evaluation and Review (EER) is the process that reports on the quality of education delivered by polytechnics. The latest report shows our rating has risen from a Category 4 to Category 3 following a range of positive initiatives over the past year. Today’s announcement is a positive step forward for TPP and acknowledges all the hard work underway over the past two years. However, we know there is still a big job ahead as we work to achieve a Category 2 rating by the end of this year. There is still work to do, however this report is a great indication that we are on the right track. Thank you for your contribution and ongoing support. Alex Cabrera You can read Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s media release here[sitetree_link,id=673] You can read the full report at: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/bin/providers/download/provider-reports/6024.pdf[https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/bin/providers/download/provider-reports/6024.pdf]

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Polytechnic gifts sculptures to community at exhibition opening

16 Nov 2018

Polytechnic gifts sculptures to community at exhibition opening 16 November 2018 The gifting of three student‐carved limestone sculptures to the community at tonight’s opening of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic Jade Exhibition is symbolic of the institute’s growing partnership with the region, says Chief Executive Alex Cabrera. The sculptures were created by Jade and Hard Stone Carving students and all reflect the special nature of the West Coast through the artists’ work. They are: Totem; Aoraki, The Cloud Piercer; and Essence, and will be gifted to the Grey District, Westland District and the Ngati Waewae Marae in Arahura. It follows last year’s gifting of sculptures to the Buller District and will see the work of TPP students on display right across the region. TPP will gift the sculptures at tonight’s opening of the annual Jade Exhibition at the Westland Recreation Centre. The exhibition is open until 30 November 2018, from 6am‐9pm Monday to Friday and 7am‐7pm Saturday and Sunday. Mr Cabrera says the exhibition showcases the real talent of this year’s students. “We invite everyone in the community to come along to the exhibition and take a look at some of what we do here at the Polytechnic. TPP is here to support and deliver for the community, so we...

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