Offering support to all West Coast learners 

In an extension of a collaboration with the Open Polytechnic to support local learners, Tai Poutini Polytechnic is now helping learners right across the West Coast reach their career goals.

No matter what people are studying, or who they are enrolled with, Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s student support services are now available to any West Coast learner – this includes the use of campus facilities.

The scheme might help a nursing student who is looking for wellbeing support. Or someone working through a building apprenticeship who would like help with the book work. Or it might be someone learning on the farm who could use a hand with some study skills or time management advice.

Vikki Roadley Director - Strategic Initiatives says whatever you’re learning, Tai Poutini Polytechnic is here to help.

“The aim is to make learning easier for everyone on the West Coast, no matter who they are studying with. There are plenty of ways we can give students a hand. We want to help, so we’re asking any learners to just give us a call or email and we’ll show you how to access a whole range of support services. 

“This might include a conversation with our wellbeing and support staff about healthcare, talking to our people about the help they can offer around numeracy and literacy if you’re struggling to write your assignments, or targeted support for Māori and Pasifika students.”

“The offer includes access to computers and printing, our library, café and student areas for socialising, and more.”

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Tai Poutini Polytechnic is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga and is part of the roll-out of a new approach to tertiary vocational education around the country. Being part of a wider networks means greater access to resources and more opportunities for learners; it also means a more collaborative approach to learning, no matter who you’re enrolled with. 

“Our aim is to support all learners on the West Coast, help them access the training they need and support them to achieve their goals. By extending an offer of support to learners enrolled with any training organisation, we can help our region and get great outcomes for West Coasters.”


For more information contact:
Paige Smith – Senior Marketing Advisor
DDI: 03 7699 628 | email: