Ceremony celebrates outdoor education successes

West Coast outdoor education students capped-off a big year last Thursday, celebrating the completion of their training as they take the next steps on their careers.

150 Friends, whanau and industry stakeholders joined students at the Tai Poutini Polytechnic ceremony held at the Greymouth campus. 43 students completed their training in the certificate and diploma outdoor education programmes and awards were presented for exceptional performance.


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Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education students celebrating the completion
of their training this year along with tutors.


Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s outdoor education training is highly regarded across New Zealand’s adventure industry, with students going on to thrive in jobs here and around the world.

Manager Teaching and Learning, Annabell Dey says every year we have employers ringing TPP begging for our students to come and work for them. This year was no different and we are so excited to see them all going into employment in the industry, some of the students starting work this weekend and some are employed for the summer so they can come back to TPP next year and complete the diploma. We look forward to hearing about their adventures in February 2023.

The 2022 Tai Poutini Polytechnic Outdoor Education Closing Ceremony acknowledged the hard work of students and recognised some outstanding examples of success. As part of the ceremony annual student awards were announced, they included:

  • Cave Creek Student Memorial Excellence Award – Camryn Parkes – awarded to a student who displays excellence in both the academic and practical aspects of the programme.
  • Tim Jamieson Medal – Griffyn Gibson - celebrating an individual who brings Whanaungatanga and Manaakitanga to the sport of kayaking.
  • Sam Rainey Award – Jointly received by Daniel Cunningham and Sophie Aitken – awarded to a student who is a natural leader who possesses a highly skilled and motivated character, is reliable and empathetic towards others.

The ceremony once again celebrated the diversity and resilience of New Zealand’s adventure industry as employers and staff work through post-Covid challenges and welcome the re-opening of borders.

Leader Academic, Peter Bayliss says the closing ceremony was wonderful way to mark the hard work and success of a very tight-knit group of students.

“Our outdoor education students are always a committed, focused group, determined to use the skills they learn to forge a career in this exciting industry. I wish each of them the very best in their future endeavours and offer them congratulations on a great year.”


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Leader Academic Peter Bayliss presenting the Cave Creek Excellence Award
to Camryn Parkes.


For more information contact:
Paige Smith – Senior Marketing Advisor
DDI: 03 7699 628 | email: paiges@tpp.ac.nz