Cutting-edge technology showcased at West Coast Careers Expo

8 Sep 2017

Cutting-edge technology showcased at West Coast Careers Expo West Coasters can experience the technology behind global phenomenon Pokémon GO, the new Star Wars marketing campaign and Peter Jackson’s latest endeavour WingNutAR at next weekend’s 2017 West Coast Careers Expo at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP). TPP is bringing augmented reality (AR) to the West Coast, through a new partnership with Fabriko Creative. Based at the Greymouth campus, the company is initially looking to get involved in the community through a series of free pilot programmes in schools that will be launched at the West Coast Careers Expo on Saturday 16 September. The partnership is part of a TPP initiative to support the wider community by opening its doors to businesses and community groups and allowing people to use the facilities and resources available. Fabriko Creative Founder Carl Pavletich says his Koneki concept uses AR to enhance storytelling and education opportunities. AR technology is taking the world by storm, allowing people to experience digital creations in the real world through their smartphone or iPad. “Through the relationships we’ve developed thanks to our partnership with the Polytechnic, we’re looking to partner with local schools, introducing this technology to help kids tell their stories and understand the world around them. The technology...

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Careers Expo to showcase West Coast job opportunities

4 Sep 2017

Careers Expo to showcase West Coast job opportunities Local employers, tertiary providers and support agencies are coming together to showcase West Coast jobs and training opportunities at the 2017 West Coast Careers Expo at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP). The Careers Expo will be held on Saturday 16 September at the Greymouth campus from 11am to 2pm. Dozens of local businesses will be involved on the day, along with tertiary training institutions and support agencies from across the region. There’s still time for more businesses to get on board – this is a great opportunity to profile your organisation to potential employees. Any anyone who wants to take part can contact West Coast Faculty Administrator Catriona Bayliss on 0800 800 411. TPP West Coast General Manager Teresa Schwellnus says this year’s event is aimed at both job-starters and people looking to change careers. “They’ll be able to look at all sorts of career opportunities and the training available on the West Coast that will help give them the skills needed to get started,” she says.  Agencies like the Ministry of Social Development will also be there to talk through funding options. “The West Coast Careers Expo is a big event that’s focused on more than what we do here at the Polytechnic. We’ve invited local businesses and other education providers...

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MAINZ Christchurch Open Night

30 Aug 2017

MAINZ Christchurch Open Night Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production

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Exploring the snow this winter

28 Jun 2017

Exploring the snow this winter You don’t need to be an expert to have a great day on the mountain. Many ski novices – or those who skied in their youth but haven’t seen the snow for a few years – can be put-off by the thought of high costs, dicey access roads and potential failure on the slopes. It doesn’t have to be that hard. There are so many options in the South Island for skiing holidays that are easy to get to, reasonably affordable and realistic for any skill level. One of the big differences is the choice between the commercial and club fields. At the first you’ll have access to all the gear and facilities, while the latter is a more intimate experience with less pressure. Below are a few tips to get you and your family on the mountain this winter – whether you want to push yourself to the top or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. *1. Accessibility – you don’t necessarily need a 4WD* Many of the big fields, like Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, now have fully tar-sealed access roads. Even some of the smaller clubs, such as Craigieburn, Broken River and Mt Cheeseman, are gravelled. So, as long as...

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Low student numbers result in Southland Civil Plant programme closure

9 Jun 2017

Low student numbers result in Southland Civil Plant programme closure Declining student numbers in Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) Southland‐based Civil Plant Operation programme have made it unviable to continue and the programme will be closed as soon as current students have completed their studies. TPP has been consulting with staff and union representatives over the future of the Southland Civil Plant Operation programme in recent months. With just five students enrolled in 2017, it has been decided that it is not economical to continue the programme. The Polytechnic is working with the staff affected by the decision to discontinue the programme in order to appropriately address employment matters. The closure of the programme in Southland will have no direct impact on other TPP Civil and Mining programmes around the country, which continue to attract strong enrolments. TPP Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says the decision to close the Southland Civil Plant Operation programme was not an easy one. “We are acutely aware of the contribution the programme makes to the local economy and of the future of our staff in Southland. Unfortunately, it simply became unviable to continue to offer the programme with such low student numbers. “The closure relates to the ongoing sustainability improvement work currently underway at TPP. It was a difficult decision, however, it is a financially prudent step...

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Greymouth and Westport Campus Open Day

28 May 2017

Greymouth and Westport Campus Open Day Greymouth and Westport Campus Open Day

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