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Stakeholder News | December 2020

Hello and welcome to our final update for the year. It’s been a big year for us all and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to taking a break over summer. TPP campuses will be closing down for the holiday period from Tuesday 22 December 2020 and reopening on Thursday 7 January 2021. We’ll be back in 2021 with a clear strategy for the future and some exciting new projects and collaborations to get started on. Whatever you have planned over the festive season I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable time. And if you have a moment – take a look at Te Pūkenga’s holiday message – it features Christmas wishes from polytechnics around the country, with our amazing outdoor education students featuring right up front!

We will see you next year!

Alex Cabrera
Chief Executive

Free training options contribute to TPP enrolment jump

Almost twice as many people have enrolled to study at TPP in 2021 compared with this time last year.

As at the beginning of November 2020, enrolments for semester one 2021 programmes had reached nearly 70% of the enrolment target, compared to 40% at the same time last year.

Mequa Hourston, Leader – Engagement says interest in trades training and free study options had contributed to the jump in enrolments.

“There’s high demand for our popular outdoor education, ski patrol, jade and hardstone carving and digger school programmes, and we’re also seeing increased interest in other trades programmes such as carpentry and automotive engineering.

The Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) means study is free for all students across a range of TPP programmes including carpentry, civil plant operation (digger school), agriculture and mechanical engineering.

Applications for enrolment in all of these programmes – and right across TPP – remain open. Whether you’re just getting started in your career or looking to change focus, there are some great study options at TPP. Give us a call, visit the website or email us to find out more.

Creativity on show at annual jade exhibition

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Stunning sculptures, carvings, art and jewellery from this year’s TPP Jade and Hard Stone Carving students are on public display in early December.

The annual TPP Jade and Hard Stone Carving Exhibition is a showcase of student efforts throughout the year. Past exhibitions have presented award-winning works from local students. In 2020, visitors to the show will once again be able to view and purchase one-off pieces of art.

TPP Tutor Sheree Warren says the quality of work produced by the students continues to get better and better as new training delivery beds-in.

“We’re now in our second year of the revamped programme, putting a greater emphasis on design and pushing students to explore their creativity alongside gaining the key technical skills.

“The result is some truly spectacular pieces of art that I know the community will enjoy and admire.”

The work of this year’s students will be on display at the Left Bank Art Gallery in Greymouth from 4 – 16 December 2020. Visitors to the exhibition can view or purchase the pieces on display.

“We’re really looking forward to once again inviting the community in to be part of our work. The exhibition is an important culmination of the year’s work for our students – it’s their opportunity to show their expertise and creativity to an audience and they enjoy interacting with visitors,” Sheree says.

Te Pūkenga transition pathway

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Recent news on the establishment of a new tertiary education sector model is Te Pūkenga’s release of its Transition Pathway. This document sets out all of the various workstreams currently underway to establish and bed-in the new system and you can view it on the website.

Key workstreams included in the pathway are:

  • Mana Ōrite Māori Partnership & Equity
  • Ko te Ākonga te Putake Ākonga at the Centre
  • Hāngai ki te Kaitukumahi Employer Aligned
  • Whakaumu i te ako Operating Model
  • Ahumahi, Ahuako TITO Transition & Workbased Learning
  • He Tukunga Auaha Academic Delivery Innovation
  • Whātui Mahi Tahi Network Collaboration
  • Mana Tiaki, Manu Mātai Governance & Accountability Framework
  • Tātai Rawa Capital Asset Strategy & Network Stabilisation

Along with work on developing an operating model and setting up key processes and systems, Te Pūkenga is focused on partnerships and collaboration under the new model. More information is coming soon on the website, including tracking tools.


Community comes out for West Coast Agfest!

66739cb1 eca0 481b 8b1b 282a9d36e9d5It was wonderful to see so many of you at AgFest in November. TPP staff had a great time talking to visitors at our Paddock to the Plate tent and through the popular AgChef competition. TPP's Paddock to Plate barbecue raised over $500 for the West Coast SPCA.

At TPP we’re more than a polytechnic, and we love being able to support fantastic local events and initiatives like AgFest – we’ll see you again soon!

Roadshow info at your fingertips

The recent West Coast Training and Employment Roadshow was a huge success with local communities and schools. TPP, along with partners Development West Coast, Ministry of Social Development and industry representatives toured West Coast communities offering information about what work and study options are available in the region.

With strong interest in the various programmes and initiatives available, TPP has now put all the information in one place. If you want to know how you can study for free in key industries, learn about new employment initiatives in the region or find help to get started, download our West Coast Training and Employment Roadshow brochure here.


TPP project house goes under the hammer

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The TPP student-built house once again went the hammer at the beginning of December – with proceeds from another successful auction once again benefiting the West Coast community.

Every year, TPP carpentry students build and auction for relocation a three-bedroom house as part of their training to gain real-world work experience. In recent years, TPP has partnered with Rotary to give the proceeds from the auction to a local charity. This year, the recipient will be the historic Greymouth Cranes Restoration project.

TPP students involved in the build recently a taste of local history when they had a sneak-peak at the restoration of Greymouth’s unique Heritage Wharf Cranes at the Kaiata work site. TPP Tutor Rick King and students Nevvynn Jones, Billy Dempster, Argyle Dempster and Arryn Barber were guided around the disassembled parts of one of the two cranes by Greymouth Heritage Trust project manager Sam Fairhall. They learned not only the history of the cranes and their importance to the development of the West Coast, but also of the effects of decades of coastal weather, and the complexities of restoration.

In past years TPP and Rotary have collaborated with the Kowhai Project to improve Te Nikau hospital grounds, and St John to place defibrillators in and around the Grey District. This year’s fundraising project brings together Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Greymouth Heritage Trust and Greymouth Rotary.


TPP improvement programme progress

TPP’s work to focus on quality, sustainable tertiary education that meets the needs of the West Coast was reviewed at the end of August.

NZQA staff led a four-day External Evaluation and Review (EER) process as part of an ongoing programme to establish and review the quality of delivery at TPP. This is a standard process across NZ tertiary institutions to measure quality and rigour in delivery.

TPP Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says the review was a good opportunity for TPP to showcase improvements and new initiatives underway.

The review began with preliminary conversations with the TPP Subsidiary Board, then day one began with a karakia and sessions with managers. These focused largely on TPP Kaupapa and matching regional needs, self-assessment processes, educational performance, strategy, compliance and quality. Day two was focused on particular programmes and with staff from outdoor education, jade and hard stone carving, food and beverage and the Trades Academy involved. The review wrapped up on day three.

“The process involved conversations with our Board, staff, students, graduates and members of the community and the reviewers were positive about discussions. Thank you to those employers and industry representatives who took part in the process.”

Official outcomes from the review are expected in the new year, including a decision on TPP’s current Category 3 ranking, which was lifted last year from Category 4 after an EER process in November 2019.


Outdoor students celebrate a successful year

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Friends and whanau of TPP’s Outdoor Education students celebrated another great year at the Outdoor Education Awards Ceremony in November.

The event, largely organised by the students and reflecting the leadership qualities they gain during their TPP journey, was a great event for staff, students and friends.

Awards presented included:

  • Cave Creek Excellence Award for Best All Round Student – Jacob Lovell.
  • Tim Jamieson Memorial Award for strong rescue skills and showing compassion and support on the river – Angus McGill.

TPP’s popular outdoor education programmes include the New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) Level 4 and New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) Level 5. The programmes prepare students for a job in the outdoors, building strong technical ability in kayaking, rafting and climbing, along with teaching fundamental leadership and communications skills.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s formal Graduation Ceremony will be held in Greymouth on 24 March 2021 for all graduates.


West Coast Short Courses

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