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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Student-built house shifted to Westport

10 Dec 2014

Student-built house shifted to Westport  One lucky Westport homeowner is about to take delivery of their brand-new, Tai Poutini Polytechnic student-built house. The house will be lifted by crane from its current location at Lombard Street tomorrow (Tuesday 9 December) and loaded onto a truck for delivery to its new Westport site. Each year West Coast residents have the opportunity to enter a ballot to have a new home built for them by Tai Poutini Polytechnic carpentry students. The home is built at the Greymouth campus then delivered to its new owner for just the cost of materials and a small administration fee. Winner of the 2014 ballot, Brenda Soares, says she is looking forward to seeing her new home arrive in Westport. “It’s been a great process to be involved in and I can’t wait to get the house on site and move in. Working with the Polytechnic and students this year has been a wonderful experience and I am excited that we are almost finished.” Tai Poutini Polytechnic Facilities Manager Doug Griffin says the ballot is cast around this time each year for people interested in taking part in the process. The owner of next year’s house has just been drawn and is right now working with Polytechnic...

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New $2 million facility an investment in the West Coast

26 Nov 2014

New $2 million facility an investment in the West Coast Tai Poutini Polytechnic is set to start work in the new year on a $2 million purpose-built trades training facility in Greymouth. Plans for the new 480 square metre, two storey Tainui Street building were approved today (Wednesday 26 November) by the Polytechnic Council, confirming the multi-million dollar investment in West Coast training facilities. The new facility will include a three-bay workshop, offices and classroom space. It follows construction of a new engineering workshop at the Polytechnic’s Westport campus, which is due to open after Christmas. Tai Poutini Polytechnic Chief Executive Allan Sargison says the new building will vastly improve automotive training facilities and create a great learning environment for trades students. “The new trades facility is an investment in the West Coast, as well as an investment in our training programmes. We are committed to delivering quality tertiary education opportunities to the people of the West Coast – this new building will give our tutors and students the extra space and machinery they need to create a state-of-the-art learning environment.” Tai Poutini Polytechnic Facilities Manager Doug Griffin says the new facility will be a great boost for trades tutors and students. “We have modelled the facility on an actual...

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