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Stakeholder News | March 2021

Thank you to everyone for your understanding over past weeks as we have all responded to the national Covid-19 situation. It’s an unsettling time for everyone right now, as changing alert levels mean we need to cancel or shift events at short notice. We’re all in this together and I’m pleased at how our team has been able to respond quickly to rapidly changing advice. In a brief update this month, I’m extremely pleased to share news of an innovative new collaboration with Primary ITO across our agriculture programmes. We were able to share news of the programme with attendees of our online stakeholder event in February; the event was also a great opportunity to hear news from across our community. I look forward to attending more events like this in future and encourage you all to come along.

Alex Cabrera
Chief Executive

Innovative learning gets students jobs on the farm

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From left to right: Rebecca Keoghan - TPP Board Chair, Alex Cabrera - TPP Chief Executive, Hon. Damien O'Connor - Minister for Agriculture, Nigel Philpott - Primary ITP Chief Executive, Shannon Gordon - Primary ITO Training Advisor, Vikki Roadley - TPP Project Manager.

A new approach to agriculture training means more West Coast students will be ready for jobs on local farms.

TPP is collaborating with Primary ITO to make it easier for students to switch between work and study depending on their changing circumstances.

The pilot NZ Certificate in Agriculture is an example of how training providers can be responsive and do things differently under Te Pūkenga.

Primary ITO Executive General Manager Andrea Leslie says under the pilot, learners will end up with the same qualification and have access to the same tutors and facilities whether they’re learning while they work, or at the polytechnic.

“It gets exciting where a TPP student gets a job in the industry while they’re still studying. Then they can continue with their qualification uninterrupted through Primary ITO. Likewise, if a Primary ITO learner leaves their job, they can still study at TPP.

“This is a real improvement to what we’ve seen in the past where people can fall through the cracks if they either move into fulltime work – or even if they lose their employment.”

TPP Project Manager Vikki Roadley says the aim of the joint initiative is to help get students into full-time employment in the agricultural industry.

“We’re able to pursue partnerships and collaboration like this under the new Te Pūkenga model that puts learners at the centre. The pilot is an exciting first step and we can see it being hugely successful here and right around the country. We believe this model will provide valuable insights for Te Pūkenga as its new national operating model is developed.”


Meeting the needs of the West Coast

Ideas for new training and supporting community initiatives were discussed when TPP recently hosted a forum for our community partners.

While the event had to be held virtually due to changing Covid-19 alert levels, it was a great opportunity to discuss ideas and will be followed by an in-person catch-up later in the year.

TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the polytechnic is focused on meeting the needs of the region.

“We really want to engage with our community partners, businesses, industry representatives, regional leaders – and anyone who has an interested in what we do – to share what we’re working on and hear about their needs.

“Working under a new system as part of Te Pūkenga, we have the ability to be innovative in what we’re offering and how we deliver training. We’re open to ideas so we want to hear from our community.”

Future events will be hosted by TPP and invitations sent to community members. If you’re interested in taking part, have a question or an idea to share, please contact mequah@tpp.ac.nz


Hokitika event focuses on West Coast careers

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Westland employers, educators and industry leaders are keeping the momentum going following the success of the Westland Mayors Taskforce for Jobs.

The Westland Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Community Recovery Programme, which launched in September last year, has supported more than 60 Westland based employed positions across 37 businesses and an additional 25 industry training positions. There are Mayors Taskforce for Jobs initiatives being rolled out at councils around the region and around the country.

TPP attended the inaugural Westland Inspire to Aspire event in Hokitika last month, which brought local representatives together to celebrate the success of the taskforce and showcase what jobs and employment opportunities are available to Westlanders.

The event was a great opportunity for local businesses to get creative and play a part in the future of Westland.



Be part of Techweek

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We’re keen to hear from people interested in Techweek 2021. Techweek is a nationwide series of events, showcasing and celebrating New Zealand tech – it provides a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections to enhance our future world. Tai Poutini Polytechnic supports the national tech event by hosting and coordinating locally focused events here on the West Coast.

The event is being held at the end of May. Right now, we want to hear from the community about:

  • The topics/issues you think should be included in our regional programme.
  • If you would like to host an event or session.

Contact us at paiges@tpp.ac.nz or find out more at www.techweek.co.nz


Kā Pūtea Scholarships open


Applications for Kā Pūtea Scholarships are now open for registered Ngāi Tahu members studying at many TPP programmes.

A range of undergraduate, post-graduate and exceptional scholarships are offered by Ngāi Tahu to support members in tertiary study. Applicants must be registered Ngāi Tahu members currently enrolled and studying towards a NZQA recognised tertiary qualification or an international equivalent. The scholarships aim to support higher learning and help students connect with their Ngāi Tahutanga.

Kā Pūtea Scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ academic achievements and their engagement with whānau, hapū or iwi-related activities. To find out more information or apply online visit https://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities/ka-putea-scholarships/