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Welcome to another TPP update. A special thank you to everyone who took part in our recent survey of our external information channels – we want to share information about what’s happening at TPP and we want to make sure it’s useful and interesting for you. We’re collating the findings and we’ll reflect your feedback in future updates to our web, social media and newsletters. It’s been another challenging month as COVID-19 alert levels once again changed and we all reacted to a new landscape.

Like all of you, TPP has had to prepare for what might come next and be ready to change as needed. In the midst of all of this, our work has continued with students and staff focused on their goals. As well as some news from the wider tertiary sector, we have some great updates this month about our students supporting charity and our wider team supporting our community. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or any of the team, if you want to know more.

Chief Executive



Training and education during COVID-19

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Just like everyone else, TPP is adapting to new ways of working and changes under COVID-19 alert levels. We have a Pandemic Team in place and we’re following our Pandemic Plan. This includes closely monitoring Government updates and responding as needed.

The heath and safety of our staff, students and visitors to campus sites is our top priority and we’re following all guidance for tertiary organisations. We’re also offering support to our staff and students to make sure we can all keep working and studying as we get used to changes around us.

We’d like to thank our local community partners for their support of new processes and ways of working as we all adapt. In particular, we’d like to remind everyone that, like everyone operating COVID-19 Alert Level 2, we’re asking certain things from visitors to keep us all safe. In particular:

  • All campus visitors are to sign-in using our QR code or other appropriate methods (signage is set out on campuses)
  • Prior to any meetings at TPP sites, we’ll ask you to confirm that you do not have COVID -19, or have had COVID-19 symptoms, or have recently been in close contact with someone who has;
  • We require you to let us know if you subsequently become aware that, within 14 days either side of your visit, you had or have COVID-19, become unwell with COVID -19 symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone who has.
  • All visitors are required to maintain physical distancing of at least one metre from others. Handshakes, hongi or other physical contact is not allowed.
  • Please be mindful of social distancing during breaks and social times also.

Thank you once again to everyone for your ongoing support and cooperation.



Latest sector news from NZIST


New Zealand’s tertiary education sector is transforming in 2020, with NZIST bringing together vocational education providers and paving a new way forward.

TPP became a subsidiary of NZIST in April this year and we’re working closely with sector leaders to make the most of new resourcing, programme and delivery options for the West Coast. The establishment of the new institute is a gradual process, with work now underway and rolling out over coming years.

For latest sector news, you can visit NZIST’s website at where you can sign-up for the regular newsletter. In August, there were updates about various work to establish the institute and focus on key workstreams. This included news about:

TPP continues to work closely with sector leaders under the new entity and we’ll keep you posted on progress.



TPP students raise funds for furry and feathered friends

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TPP West Coast Trades Academy cookery students used their baking talents for charity, making animal bread rolls to raise funds for the local SPCA during August.

The buns were made in the shape of pigs, ducks, fish and all sorts of other animals and proved popular with locals when they went on sale on 13 August.

Cookery Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says the students have been involved in charity fundraisers previously and they enjoy putting their talents to good use.

“We talked about running a fundraiser earlier this year and they came up with the idea of supporting our local SPCA. Many of our students have pets at home and they said their furry and feathered friends were a real comfort during the lockdown. So they wanted to thank the people who look after the animals who don’t have homes.

“As well as the challenge of baking in certain shapes and styles, this task helps our students think beyond their own situation and reach out to help others.

The West Coast Trades Academy gives secondary school students the chance to start training for a trade while they are still at school. TPP delivers cookery training at levels 2 and 3 to trades academy students.


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Finding out what our businesses need

A big thank-you to all the local businesses who have taken part in our Business Needs Survey.

TPP has been talking to local businesses, employers and industry representatives about changing needs and future plans as part of the COVID-19 recovery. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the local economy, with the work and study needs of the region still changing.

TPP can to support local businesses by providing training options that meet changing needs. We asked for feedback through our online business needs survey to identify opportunities and ideas that will benefit the region.

With the establishment of the NZIST, TPP now has greater access to resources and opportunities to meet the training needs of our region. Along with the greater range of free training options now offered, TPP can also access new and different training programmes for delivery on the West Coast if there is a need.

We’re collating all the feedback received and we’ll be following-up with those who look part in the business needs survey. In the meantime, TPP’s doors, phone lines and emails are always open for any local businesses with ideas for training or looking for support.

Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston
027 237 5844 or email



West Coast roadshow popular with local communities

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It was fantastic to welcome hundreds of West Coast students, community members and groups to our West Coast Training and Employment Roadshow in July and August.

TPP, along with Development West Coast, the Ministry of Social Development, Department of Conservation and representatives of the civil construction and primary industries, toured the West Coast to talk directly with people about study and job opportunities. The roadshow visited Greymouth, Hokitika, Hari Hari, Franz Josef, Westport and Karamea, with plans to schedule a Reefton trip when COVID-19 restrictions ease.

TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the roadshow was a great opportunity to share information and ideas about training and employment on the West Coast with students and members of our community.

“TPP was pleased to be able to bring so many different agencies together so people could speak with everyone at the one place. The response was fantastic and it was great to get in front of so many different people and communities.

“We had plenty to talk about, with information about new initiatives TPP is starting this year and the new, free training options now available on the West Coast. Other agencies were able to share updates and help people find out what they needed to know about training and employment options here at home.”

We’re always available for people to talk about training options – call TPP on 0800 400 811 or email

You can find a summary of some of the information shared at the roadshow here.



Student cupcakes brighten Daffodil Day

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TPP’s West Coast Trades Academy Cookery Student, Greanne Williams, icing cupcakes for the Daffodil Day fundraiser

Bright yellow cupcakes with butterfly icing decorations brightened the streets of Greymouth when TPP West Coast Trades Academy cookery students once again raised funds for Daffodil Day.

Following a hugely successful fundraiser last year, where students baked more than 200 cupcakes for the Cancer Society, TPP once again took to the kitchen ahead of Daffodil Day 2020.

Cookery Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says the students were excited to get involved in the fundraiser.

“Last year’s effort was a fantastic experience for our students – for many it was the first time they had been involved in raising funds for charity and they were really buzzing at how well the cupcakes sold on the day.

“Were were once again overwhelmed by the amazing support of local people when the cupcakes went on sale at the end of August. It was a big morning of baking and decoration, and a great experience for everyone involved.”

The Cancer Society of New Zealand's Daffodil Day symbolises hope for one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer. Since 1990, this iconic event has inspired people to come together and support the Cancer Society's work. As well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand.

The West Coast Trades Academy gives secondary school students the chance to start training for a trade while they are still at school. TPP delivers cookery training at levels 2 and 3 to trades academy students.



Talk to us about new or free training options


You can now study for free at TPP in critical post-lockdown industries under the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Set up to support the economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free training fund is open to everyone. It is in addition to existing free training options for those who’ve never studied before and for teens studying at levels 1-3.

TPP is offering free training in the following programmes:
• Training Scheme in Heavy Commercial Vehicle and Machine Tyres
• Short Award in Pendant Crane (Level 3)
• NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Livestock Husbandry) (Dairy, and Meat and Fibre) (Level 3)
• NZ Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3)
• NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
• NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3)
• NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Level 3)

TPP became a subsidiary of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology in April 2020, and now has access to greater resources and more options for offering targeted training on the West Coast. We want to hear from you if you have ideas about training – contact us today!

Find out more about the new free training initiative here.

Find out more about free training opportunities at TPP here.

Or call TPP on 0800 800 411 and head to



West Coast Short Courses

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