A Champion Start

12 Mar 2014

World champions Amy Tipling and Kim Dodd – members of the under-23 R6 women’s team that blitzed the field at the recent World Rafting Championships in Rotorua – learned to love the thrill of whitewater rafting at TPP. They were both working in Canada when the call came to join the team. With six in the raft and one reserve, the hand picked group trained hard in the weeks before the championship. They competed in four events: time trial, head to head, slalom and down river. ‘We had no idea how we would go, but were strong right off the mark, worked well together and gave it our all. We had an ideal combination of powerful paddlers, good technical skills and river knowledge,’ says Amy. They describe taking part in the world championships as thrilling and winning as wonderful. Amy and Kim met as students on the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding programme and bonded over their shared passion for rafting and kayaking. Since completing the diploma, they’ve honed their skills as professional rafting guides, working back-to-back seasons in New Zealand and overseas. ‘It can be hard to find work in outdoor education or adventure tourism without some sort of qualification,’ says Kim. ‘The diploma teaches a...

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Collaborative venture a huge success

25 Feb 2014

Collaborative venture a huge success  With huge growth in the coal and minerals industry on the West Coast, SGS New Zealand Limited, the  world’s  largest  inspection and  verification  company,  saw  a gap  in  the  market  for  high level training for their employees.    SGS approached Tai Poutini Polytechnic to offer specific training, with a chemistry focus, giving their employees the chance to up skill and gain a more in depth theoretical understanding of the industry. In turn, Tai Poutini Polytechnic developed the National Certificate in Science (Level 4) programme to meet the growing needs of SGS. TPP also joined forces with Buller High School’s science department to  deliver  the  programme  through  block  courses,  evening  classes  and  on‐job  tasks.  Buller  High School provided the teaching expertise and access to their lab and equipment for the collaborative venture. ‘It’s great to see this three‐way collaboration between industry and education providers,’ says Marja Kneepkens, the TPP West Coast Co‐ordinator. ‘The partnership has been a huge success’. The National Certificate in Science (Level 4) programme,  developed by TPP, included a good mix of theory and practical components focused around working in an industrial laboratory with equipment and tasks specific to the coal and mineral industry. Students gained a sound theoretical knowledge to underpin their...

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TPP Enrolments Up

20 Feb 2014

TPP Enrolments Up   It’s all go at Tai Poutini Polytechnic  with the new intake of 2014 students  starting last week. Over 150  students descended  on Greymouth  campus  for  a  Powhiri  and  BBQ  lunch  in  the  Atrium  on Monday  10  February.  Further orientation  events  and  activities  will continue  to  familiarise  new students with the strong TPP community.   The  atmosphere   around  campus  is  positive  as  West  Coast enrolment   numbers  are up  when compared to this time last year – with noticeable increases in several programmes.  The Certificate in Automotive Trades has had their highest number of enrolments in seven years. The programme  involves a  good  mix  of theory  and  practical  and  in  turn  prepares  students  for  an apprenticeship   in the  automotive  industry. Head  of  Department,  Warren Smith,  says  “It’s  a reflection  on the great job our tutors are doing, and the support we receive from the automotive industry who take our students on at the conclusion of the programme”. TPP’s  ever  popular  Outdoor  Education  programmes  have  also  drawn  in their  highest  number  of enrolments in five years. The West Coast offers the perfect setting for these students and this year they have hit the ground running, literally, running the Point Elizabeth walkway, testing their fitness levels. The  Outdoor...

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TPP 2013 Graduation Ceremony

13 Dec 2013

TPP 2013 Graduation Ceremony Congratulations to all those students who graduated at the TPP Ceremony on Friday 13th December 2013. To view some more photos from the night visit our Facebook Album[https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.794781397214437.1073741851.152777621414821&type=3]. 2013 Awards List *Certificate in Hair, Beauty and Grooming* Award for Overall Excellence - Joanne Breen Award for Most Improved Student - Rachel Beech *Certificate in Pre Health and Science*  Award for Commitment - Trudy Kilkelly Award for Academic Achievement - Zoe Daly *Certificate in Professional Culinary Arts* Gregory Eastwood Memorial Award for Practical Excellence - Casey Sandbakken Catering Hardware Award for Highest Achievement in Theory - Kystal Hereaka Catering Hardware Award for Most Improved Student - Macey Smith *Diploma in Jade and Hard Stone Carving* Mountain Jade Carving Excellence Award - Lee Richardson *NZ Certificate in Nanny Education* Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement - Charlotte Anderson Award for Excellence on Practicum - Katie-Jane Smithers *Certificate in Automotive and Engineering Trades* Repco Academic Achievement Award - Jordan Blackburn Cable Price Diesel Mechanic Award - Brad Fisher Westland Engineering Supplies Attendance/Work Based Training Award - Simon Adams *Certificate in Carpentry (Residential and Commercial)* Westland Master Builders Award for Excellence in E-Portfolio Composition - Rory McDonald Griffen and Smith Mitre 10 Award for Highest Academic Achievement - Edward Ensor Winstone Wallboards Award for Overall Excellence - Kane Bentley *Outdoor Education Department* Cave Creek Student Memorial Excellence Award - Ari Kingan...

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2013 MAINZ Christchurch Graduation

11 Dec 2013

2013 MAINZ Christchurch Graduation Congrats to all the award winners and Graduates and a big thanks to MAINZ's award sponsors: Galaxy Records, The New Zealand Rockshop and CJ's Musicworks. For all the photos from the night check out our Facebook album[https://www.facebook.com/MAINZmusic?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.10152028130667052.1073741837.335082017051&type=1] Photography by Iain Fergusson – Event and Nightlife Photography – iainfergusson.co.nz[http://www.iainfergusson.co.nz] Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production – Sponsored by the New Zealand Rockshop  Top Academic Award – David Stack Best Electronic Music Production - James Baker Best Studio Production -Te Huaki Puanaki and Benjamin Loader  Diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production Best Electronic Music Production Award Sponsored by CJ's Musicworks Christchurch Top Academic Award – Laura Barthelmeh Best Electronic Music Production Award – Taitoko Ryde Best Studio Production – Mikey McIvor Best Multi Media – Ethan Tucker  Live Sound and Event Production – Sponsored by Galaxy Records Top Academic - Elza O'Brien Award for Professionalism - Zachery Rogers Award for Leadership - Corenna Davies

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2013 MAINZ Auckland Graduation

9 Dec 2013

2013 MAINZ Auckland Graduation Congratulations to all the MAINZ Auckland students who graduated on Monday 9th December 2013. The ceremony was held at Auckland Girls' Grammar School and was well attended by students friends and whanau. Highlights of the night included a talk from MAINZ Graduate, musician, producer and Silver Scroll-winning songwriter Joel Little and a tribute performance to the late David McArtney, former MAINZ staff member and well renowned NZ musician and songwriter. To view more photos from the night visit our Facebook Album[https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152012382932052.1073741836.335082017051&type=3].

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Student's Porotiti added to Gallery Collection

1 Dec 2013

Student's Porotiti added to Gallery Collection The Left Bank Art Gallery has bought Tai Poutini Polytechnic Jade and Hard Stone Carving Diploma student Clinton Templeman's porotiti to add to its permanent collection. The porotiti, made of argillite, can be used as a musical instrument and is part of Templeman’s display in the pounamu exhibition. It is the gallery’s first exhibition of the year and the first back in the historic former bank since they were forced to move out due to earthquake concerns.

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MAINZ at Smokefreerockquest

30 Nov 2013

MAINZ at Smokefreerockquest Every year our MAINZ Live Sound and Event Production staff and students work around NZ producing the Smokefreerockquest events. Over 500 bands, about 4,050 leads, over 2,500 instruments, 1,000 lights, mix & record 650 songs, tech over 30 stages, turn up over 200 amps, go through 100 rolls of duct tape, set up over 1,000 mics, coil over 5,000 cables, Check out this video[http://youtu.be/WstxcrPXPXI] to see what goes into producing the shows. To view more photos of MAINZ crew at the events check out our Facebook album[https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151675439597052.1073741831.335082017051&type=3].  

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