Jesse Will is making it big

26 Nov 2014

Jesse is making it big Former MAINZ student Jesse Will launched his career and is making it big over in the UK. He has set up his own Music Website , made the Semi Finals of the of the TPP song writing competition with Indigo and he has just made the semi Finals of the Recording Fest music competition in Europe with Indigo. This week he has made the top 50 in the Vander Young song writing competition out of 3400 songs with Mama Say which I thought was very appropriate for MIANZ as Dave Mcartney really encouraged him to write these songs.[] He has been contacted by a management company but hasn’t signed yet. He has also done quite a few interviews which you will see on his website that he made.Jesse arrives back in NZ next week for two months then back to London to release his second EP with 5 songs.    

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Students shine at music awards

23 Nov 2014

*Former MAINZ students shine at music awards* The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) congratulates former students who enjoyed a big night at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards this week. Among a host of former MAINZ students receiving top honours was Joel Little, who worked on Lorde’s Pure Heroine album and with Nelson band Broods, who won BreakthroughArtist of the Year. Joel had already won Best Producer and Best Engineer in the technical categories of the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, announced earlier this month. Other winners who have previously studied at MAINZ are: Auckland-based Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers and Aaron Short (The Naked and the Famous – winner of the Steinlager Pure Best Group and the NZ On Air Best Music Video with Campbell Hooper) and Marcus Powell (Blacklistt – winner of Best Rock Album). A number of other former students were also recognised as finalists at this year’s awards, including: Christchurch-based Dave Rowlands and Tristan Colenso (Clap Clap Riot), Matt Gunn, Steve Marr and Indi Force (Doprah), Marika Hodgson (Sorceress), hailing from Whangarei, and Randa, who picked up the Critics’ Choice award. MAINZ Dean Emeritus Harry Lyon says the music school is proud of the calibre of its students and this week’s awards show...

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Tai Poutini Polytechnic fuels volunteers

12 Sep 2014

Tai Poutini Polytechnic fuels volunteers Tai Poutini Polytechnic culinary arts students helped kick-start the day for local volunteers by supporting the police at the annual Blue Light Breakfast. Staff and students hosted around 30 volunteers on Thursday 4 September for the annual breakfast in support of police volunteers. TPP has been involved in the event for the past 7 years as a way to support the local community. “These volunteers do a great job in our community, so we want to show our thanks in the best way our culinary arts students know how – through their stomachs. This is a wonderful opportunity for the polytechnic to get involved locally and have our students work directly with the community.” The breakfast hosted at Tutoro Restaurant, Greymouth campus was followed by a day of rafting hosted by TPP Outdoor Education students. IMG 5087  

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The first cohorts of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s

6 Aug 2014

*The first cohorts of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s*   The first cohorts of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s School of Mines have begun graduating this month. Graduates of the National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Mining Administration Surface Extraction B Grade) were presented with their national certificates at a function in Greymouth on 25July. The qualification enables the graduates to apply for their Certificates of Competence as a B Grade Opencast Coal Mine Manager or B Grade Quarry Manager and ensures their sites and employers comply with the changes in mining regulation. Training consisted of block courses led by active industry professionals, seconded from the extractive industry, all with current NZ and international experience. The short concentrated blocks of tutor led training were interactive and built on the skills and knowledge within the groups. They provided not only a strong basis of theory as their foundation but exposure to a wide range of application on differing scales of operation and types of extraction. The School of Mines has received tremendous industry support from both local companies and national and international operations. This included providing resources such as examples of systems, processes and even consents and licences which has enabled TPP to give participants exposure to examples of both large and small operations covering a wide range...

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TPP recognises MAINZ tutor

1 Aug 2014

The winner of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP) top teaching accolade for 2013 says helping students find a place in the audio industry is the best reward for his work. Matt Scott, Programme Leader for the Christchurch-based MAINZ Diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production, was yesterday presented with the 2013 TPP Pounamu Award for Teaching Excellence by the TPP Council Chair, Graeme McNally. The award is given to tutors who have been recognised by their peers and students as going above and beyond to deliver academic programmes for TPP.  Matt says it is a great compliment to be chosen for this year’s award. “It is really great to get that recognition; there are a lot of people at Tai Poutini Polytechnic who work hard and go beyond the call of duty so this award really means a lot to me.” Matt completed his training through MAINZ in 2001 and worked in the commercial audio industry until taking a teaching position at TPP almost six years ago. “I love teaching – I get to share my passion and see the students flourish. For me, working with the students one-on-one and helping them with a mix or to compose piece of music: that’s where the magic is. “TPP has given...

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Personal Presentation Course

21 Jul 2014

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Personal Presentation Course A community-focused course at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is helping local students gain confidence in their future. TPP recently ran a Personal Presentation course aimed at developing the confidence and communication skills of students. The course was developed by TPP staff working with the community to address local needs. The five-day course covered: personal presentation, communication skills and confidence, computers and beauty. All of the students involved received a certificate of participation and feedback has been positive. Student Melissa Costello is thinking about going on to further study, through the full-time Hair, Beauty and Grooming programme, as a result of the course. “I didn’t have much confidence before I did the course but this course helped me so much,” she says. Vanora Dell, who also took part in the course, says it inspired her to look further into beauty and learn about skin types. “I was thrilled when I heard about the course and thoroughly enjoyed it,” she says. 2014 latestNews PersonalPesentation               Photo from bottom: Hannah Grant, Melissa Costello, Vanora Dell, Benz Manumoolat, Iona Wilkinson, Kirby Richardson (Berlin McGregor absent)

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Music Educators’ Conference

10 Jul 2014

*Music Educators’ Conference* *Music matters* A stellar line-up of guests headline the inaugural Music Educators’ Conference being held by Tai Poutini Polytechnic at its MAINZ campus, Auckland, on 10–11 July 2014 and registrations are open now. Independent recording engineer/producer and music educator Roel Verberk, from the Netherlands, will deliver the keynote address. His artist-centred approach to recording has seen him work with some of the biggest names in music, including Willie Nelson, Caro Emerald, Snoop Dogg, Duffy and Enrique Iglesias. In his teaching role at Fontys University, Verberk shares his skills and experience with a new generation of sound engineers. New Zealand industry heavyweights Scott Maclachlan, Victoria Blood and Tama Waipara will participate in panel discussions. Scott Maclachlan, of Saiko Management, has nurtured the talent of a host of artists throughout his career and is a key member of the team behind the phenomenal success of Lorde. Chairperson of the NZ Music Commission, Victoria Blood, is now giving back to industry and mentoring local talent after many years based in the UK. The versatile and multi-talented Tama Waipara is an inspirational role model for music educators and musicians alike. According to convenor Annabel Schuler,  it is not often such an event is run in New Zealand for tertiary educators;...

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