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Stakeholder News August 2021 

We are all thinking of the Westport community as the town recovers from the recent devastating floods. People have been affected in many ways and there is still a big job ahead to get everything replaced, homes repaired and people back to normal. Our staff and students have come together to offer some assistance to that community, with a fundraiser underway and also by making our computer facilities available to those who need them. We all know someone affected by the flooding and we’re sending our best wishes to everyone.

Alex Cabrera
Chief Executive


Polytechnic supports Westport Community 


Tai Poutini Polytechnic is supporting the Westport flood recovery by baking and selling cupcakes to contribute to the Buller Mayoral Fund and offering free access to campus computer facilities.
Get in early to secure your cupcakes and support the local Westport community by pre‐ordering now at the Greymouth Campus reception – cupcakes are $3 each and can be pre‐ordered now or purchased from the Polytechnic’s Greymouth Training Restaurant on Friday 6 August from 12 noon ‐ 2.30 pm, or until sold out.
The Polytechnic’s West Coast Level 1 Trades Academy cookery students are excited to be part of the fundraiser to support the Westport community. 
The Polytechnic is also offering Westport locals free access to WIFI, computers and printers at the Westport campus if they need to upload files to insurance companies, or take care of anything else.
Members of the public are welcome to call into the campus at 280 Palmerston Street weekdays between 9am and 4pm staff will be available to help.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic Leader Engagement Mequa Hourston says the fundraising and opening campus doors is a small way that staff and students can do their bit to support the Westport community.
“Our students are really keen to get involved in the effort to help people affected by the flooding. They are excited to be able to use their cooking skills to contribute to a cause that supports members of our community. Some of the students have been involved in similar fundraisers previously, and there is always fantastic support from the community – so make sure you don’t miss out if you want a cupcake!
“The Polytechnic has staff and students in Westport and we know how devastating the floods have been for the local community. By opening our doors, offering access to facilities and helping to raise funds for the Buller Mayoral Fund we are doing what we can to help.”

Polytechnic embraces Matariki 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic embraced the spirit of Matariki with a series of events that brought people together for shared celebrations.
A lunch in the outdoors, visiting local schools and baking together were just some of the activities on- and off-campus.
Outdoor Education tutors and students held a shared lunch on the beach, with everyone either bringing kai or gathering harakeke for a weaving workshop. The event was linked to a Mana Whenua
week of education where students give thanks for their learning experiences and to pay respect to the whenua of the West Coast.
Other staff also took time to attend an open day at the Greymouth High School Whare where they had the opportunity to learn about Matariki with the ākonga of Ngā Here Kahikatea.
A fun shared event was the baking of star-shaped sugar cookies in the Polytechnic kitchen. Staff and whanau had a fantastic time baking, sharing stories and having a great laugh. Before being shared around, the cookies were displayed on a table specifically decorated in a Matariki theme which included information about Matariki.


Latest news from Te Pūkenga 

Aromātai Kāimahi highlights staff views 

Te Pūkenga has released the results from Aromātai Kāimahi, a network-wide staff survey.
Over 4,500 people, or 52 percent of staff, across the network took part, sharing their thoughts on how they think the transition is going. The results show people across our network, including Tai Poutini Polytechnic, understand the reason for change but are uncertain about what this means for them.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic became a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga in April 2020 and is playing a leading role in the full establishment of the new national entity. Work is underway on many of the cornerstone issues, including developing a model for how the new system will work.
While this work is progressed, there will inevitably be questions about what this means for staff and learners on the West Coast. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is being proactive under the new model, using it as an opportunity to test new initiatives and create benefits for the West Coast. 
Te Pūkenga leaders have agreed to three key actions after seeing the survey results. They will:

  1. develop a framework for a network well-being programme with a project group from across the network
  2. develop a programme in support of “leading ourselves and others through change”
  3. continue communicating in ways that promote understanding of the change and engagement plan together with timelines

Te Pūkenga takes NZ vocational learning to the world 

Te Pūkenga is partnering with Education New Zealand (ENZ) to deliver a pilot on FutureLearn, an online platform offering courses of learning.
The 12-month initiative, launched in June, will showcase a selection of taster courses from New Zealand providers to worldwide online learners, under the ENZ national Think New brand umbrella.
Find out more here.

Feedback on Te Pūkenga operating model 

During June/July Te Pūkenga sought feedback on updated service concepts to help in development of an organisational operating model.
The operating model, which is due to be presented to the Minister for consideration by the end of the year, will cover what the new organisation does and how, who it is there to serve, processes and policies to govern activity, necessary staff capability, and delivery and monitoring.
The concepts it is focusing on are:

  • Adaptive Skills Framework + Lifelong Learner Record – learners’ ability to plan for their future based on learning across a range of providers.
  • My Teacher, My Way – flexible, learner-focused delivery
  • Mātauranga Innovation Hub – physical and virtual spaces where mātauranga (Māori knowledge) inspires and drives creativity, collaboration, and design of Māori futures.
  • Te Pūkenga Rovers – a remote support service team that travels the regions.
  • Every Step of the Way – a focus on proactive support for learner wellbeing.
  • Digital Cooperatives – a space for employers and others to come together to share resources and knowledge.
  • A Good Place to Work – standards within Te Pūkenga to support all learners.

Factors in Māori learners success highlighted 

Te Pūkenga has now published Te Rito - Insights from learners, which amplifies Māori learners’ voices about factors that enable their success in vocational learning. This report, the first of a series to come out of the Ākonga at the Centre research project tells us in the voices of learners what the opportunities are to ensure success. These reports will directly influence how the vocational learning sector will work alongside all but particularly Māori learners in the future. Find out more on the Te Pūkenga website.


Pink Ribbon fundraiser benefits community 


A student-run Pink Ribbon brunch helped raise funds for the West Coast Cancer Society.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic cookery and food and beverage students joined forces to prepare and host a decadent three-course Pink Ribbon Brunch in May at the Polytechnic’s Tutoro Restaurant.
Guests were served house-made granola, eggs benedict options, scones with house made preserve and sweet health balls across a busy brunch serving. The event was a great opportunity for students, who not only got to contribute to a wonderful cause, but were also able to practice their cooking and serving skills in a real-world environment.
The event was a great success, with the funds raised presented to Pavel Bares of the West Coast Cancer Society in July.



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