Keeping safe from scammers

1 Dec 2016

Keeping safe from scammers Bob Gilmore *Bob Gilmore *Tutor – ICT and Computing, Tai Poutini Polytechnic Computer or phone scams target everyone, regardless of your age, background or income. They succeed because they look or sound like the real thing and catch us out because we want to be polite or helpful. Here are a few tips to help protect yourself from computer scams. Know who you’re dealing with. If you’ve only met someone online do a little research. If they provide you with a photo, you can search for it using Google Image Search ([]) and see if they are who they say they are. Many scams are documented online. Check a website like[] which has information on thousands of scams, including current scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter and a stranger isn’t going to give you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Never send money, credit card details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust. Watch out for friend or contact requests from people you already have contact with. Many scammers steal someone’s identity, set up a fake account and then attempt to scam that person’s real friends....

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Campus closure

13 Nov 2016

  *WESTPORT CAMPUS – 15 November 2016* Our Westport Campus will be open as normal on Tuesday 15 November 2016.   *CAMPUS CLOSURE – 14 November 2016* 14 November 2016, 8.45am Our Westport Campus is closed today 14 November 2016. An update will be provided by 5pm today.  Watch this space.

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New manager for Polytechnic’s West Coast Faculty

10 Nov 2016

New manager for Polytechnic’s West Coast Faculty Putting people into jobs, enticing new students to the West Coast and working with business to deliver the education outcomes the region needs are three key goals of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) new West Coast General Manager Teresa Schwellnus. Dr Schwellnus, who took on the role at the beginning of August, says she is energised about the opportunities on the West Coast. Emigrating from South Africa in 2000, where she was a Professor in Private Law, Dr Schwellnus has since held senior roles at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education and the Ara Institute of Canterbury. “It is exciting for me to actually be getting a chance to do a broader role. I am passionate about getting people into jobs. I believe in ‘education for employment’, that is, seeing real employment outcomes for students. “I also enjoy the regional development aspect of this role. TPP is not only an employer in the region,we are also a big provider of skilled staff to local businesses. We need to be working as part of the wider business economy to make sure we are meeting the needs of the West Coast. “I drive around the region and see this as the land of opportunity – we have plenty of everything and TPP has...

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Opening of Trades-Training Facility

29 Aug 2016

Polytech to open trades-training facility in Greymouth Old workshops are about to be replaced with a state-of-the-art trades-training facility in central Greymouth creating new learning opportunities and improved learning outcomes for students at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP). The new facility will officially open on Wednesday 31 August 2016. The facility will offer specialised equipment, high-tech workspaces and an enhanced learning environment for West Coast students. The new facility highlights the Polytechnic’s commitment to the region and to delivering on the needs of industry. TPP Head of Department Trades Warren Smith says the new facility will allow TPP to become a “one-stop-shop” for automotive engineering training – for Trades Academy students at local high schools, through to new and current TPP students as well as offering industry professionals the chance develop and up-skill. “The facility will give us the ability to progress further than we have been able to in the past,” says Mr Smith. The Trades Training Facility offers a spacious learning environment and has the advantage of state-of-the-art technology that connects students to their work. With the latest equipment and more workshop spaces, TPP can run additional, specialised training in parallel with fundamental trades programmes. “The focus is on delivering quality programmes to existing students and new learners. We...

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Appointment of new CE

20 Jun 2016

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) has appointed an academic with experience in the Australia and New Zealand tertiary sectors to lead the institute while recruitment gets underway for a permanent chief executive. TPP Council Chair Graeme McNally says the appointment of Alex Cabrera as Acting Chief Executive for the remainder of 2016 gives the Polytechnic confidence and certainty as it looks to recruit a permanent leader. “Alex is a skilled manager, with experience in the New Zealand and Australian tertiary education sector. His strengths are in the areas of building team capability, engagement and organisation performance. “We are very pleased to welcome Alex to the Polytechnic and the Council looks forward to working with him over the coming months.” Alex Cabrera was the Chief Executive of Aoraki Polytechnic until its recent merger with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology to create the Ara Institute. He was the Deputy Chief Executive at Aoraki Polytechnic from 2011 to 2012, the Executive Director Planning and Development at the University of Canberra in Australia from 2007 to 2011 and the Operations Manager at Weltec from 2004 to 2007. Graeme McNally says that Alex Cabrera will work closely with the Polytechnic Council, staff and the wider community over the coming months. He will divide his time between the Polytechnic’s Greymouth, Auckland and Christchurch campuses.

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