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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Carpentry house up for charity auction

8 Sep 2015

Carpentry house up for charity auction Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) will auction this year’s student-built carpentry house to the public, with the proceeds less direct costs of materials being donated to charity. Every year, TPP students work on a new home as part of their carpentry training. The home, which is built under real quality and consent conditions, is usually offered for sale to members of the public through a ballot system. TPP Facilities Manager Doug Griffin says this year the Polytechnic has partnered with West Coast  Coastguard and will put the house up for public auction, with the net proceeds going to the charity which is raising funds for a new vessel. “We are doing things a little differently this year and offering the public a great opportunity to bid for a brand new, quality home. We are also excited to be partnering with West Coast Coastguard and hope we can make a solid contribution to the charity.” read the full press release here. [sitetree_link,id=673]

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Polytechnic welcomes industry leader to School of Mines

29 Jul 2015

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) new Director – School of Mines, Peter O’Sullivan, plans to use his industry contacts and professional connections to ensure TPP is the mining trainer of choice in the wider New Zealand minerals industry. Peter is recognised as a leader in New Zealand’s minerals industry and brings a wealth of experience in environmental safety, regulation development and industry professional standards to his new role. “I am really looking forward to this role and utilising my extensive networks to develop the mining training programmes on offer at TPP so that it becomes the mining trainer of choice across New Zealand.” Read the full press release here.

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Congratulations to music award winners

15 Jun 2015

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is proud to congratulate current and former Music and Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ) students who were among the finalists at the weekend’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in Auckland. MAINZ General Manager Val Gyde says it is always pleasing to see former students excel on a national stage, and the weekend’s music event was a great example of that. Cyril Savea (currently in his second year of the Bachelor of Musical Arts at MAINZ in Auckland) and Mark Tohi (a Diploma CMP student at MAINZ) are part of South Auckland reggae band Three Houses Down, who took out the Vodafone People’s Choice Award for Best Pacific Artist. To read the full article follow this link.[sitetree_link,id=673] 

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