Girls' Rock and Write day - MAINZ Auckland

20 Nov 2013

Girls' Rock and Write day - MAINZ Auckland MAINZ Auckland hosted 60 girls from Auckland Girls' Grammar, Dioscesan, Papakura High, Manurewa High, Baradene, Papatoetoe High and Edgewater College for a day of sharing music. They were mentored by prominent female songwriters/performers from the music industry including Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood, Iva Lamkum, Anna Coddington, Lisa Crawlet and Kirsten Te Rito. The event was organised by the NZ Music Commission. View more photos on our Facebook Album page[]    

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A new career takes off for CPO Graduate Danny Passi

1 Nov 2013

A new career takes off for CPO Graduate Danny Passi After 25 years in the Air Force, Danny Passi decided it was time to come back down to earth and build a new career. He considered different options, but kept returning to the civil construction and infrastructure industries - so chose to study for a Certificate in Civil Plant Operation (CPO) at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP)'s Waikato civil construction campus and worksite. "TPP was truly an amazing experience," says Danny. "lt helped me transition from military to civilian life, and has given me the skills and confidence to look for work in a new area."

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Outdoor Education Closing Ceremony 2013

23 Oct 2013

Outdoor Education Closing Ceremony 2013 Many of our outdoor students cannot make the official TPP graduation, so we invited parents, friends and family to a Closing Ceremony where our students can showcase their year. We also gave out our annual awards. Check out our Facebook album[] for more photos. Check out this video[] which covers the highlights from 2013.

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MAINZ DJ programme moves South

20 Oct 2013

MAINZ DJ programme moves South After its success in Auckland, MAINZ, a faculty of Tai Poutini Polytechnic, will offer aspiring DJs and producers the chance to study in Christchurch for a Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music Production. Auckland programme leader Matt "Recloose" Chicoine says the genre has gone through the roof overseas and expects that popularity to hit here. He believes the Christchurch programme will become equally popular due to a vibrant electronic music scene in the Garden City and a demand from people there to get into the industry. Paul Bimler, will head the Christchurch programme starting in February 2014. Paul is a musician and DJ who has produced prolifically with a range of artists. Paul has created five albums under the names Confucius and Basscamp and has also work as a DJ for 15 years under the name Soulprovider. Paul is passionate about sharing his musical knowledge and experience with the first cohort of students to go through the Christchurch programme.

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Congratulations to Joel Little for his Silver Scroll win

15 Oct 2013

Congratulations to Joel Little for his Silver Scroll win Aucklander and MAINZ Graduate, Joel Little, produced and co-wrote Lorde’s EP The Love Club, including the hit song ‘Royals’. Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, and Joel began working together after a suggestion from their respective managers and Joel says she came to him one day with the lyrics to Royals. “We just made songs we thought were cool and they have connected with people. It is so satisfying to have no expectations and just be proud of your work so I couldn’t ask for a better way for things to roll out. It is kind of the dream come true for it to happen this way,” he says. The 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award was presented to Ella and Joel on Tuesday 15th October 2013 for the single “Royals”. The Silver Scroll award celebrates outstanding achievement in songwriting of original New Zealand pop music. Joel studied for a Certificate and Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance at MAINZ in 2002 and 2003 and still keeps a connection with the music school as a member of its Programme Advisory Committee. He was guitarist and singer with Goodnight Nurse and now writes and produces and has his own record label,...

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Voice of China at MAINZ

16 Jul 2013

Voice of China at MAINZ In mid-July, 10 Chinese singers living in New Zealand each recorded a song at MAINZ Auckland Campus as part of their audition for The Voice of China, a Chinese version of The Voice. As part of its international strategy MAINZ arranged with website Skykiwi to do free recordings in exchange for free advertising. is the largest Chinese website in New Zealand and aims to introduce New Zealand culture and lifestyles to the Chinese community. Skykiwi interviewed Harry Lyon, MAINZ Dean, and have now published the articles on their website: here[] and here[].

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