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 Stakeholder News | July 2022 

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you all took time out to enjoy Aōtearoa’s first-ever official Matariki public holiday, recognising the Māori tradition of welcoming the new year and taking time to māharatia (reflect), whakanuia (celebrate) and wawatatia (aspire). It is a traditional time of remembrance and looking forward, for communities and whānau to come together and spend time with each other and we’ve been celebrating the tradition here at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. We’ve also been busy getting ready to welcome a new bunch of learners for our mid-year programmes – don’t forget there’s still time to enrol. It’s also been great to once again get out and about in the community and work with our local people and pursue projects that support the West Coast and help boost our regional economy. You can read more in this update about the latest endeavours of our Young Enterprise Scheme student entrepreneurs, and celebrate the graduates of the latest Wahine Toa programme who we are continuing to support as they take the next steps in their learning and career pathways. I look forward to seeing more of you all in the coming month.

Ngā mihi,
Alex Cabrera
Chief Executive


Teen entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to local judges

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From bouncy castles and board games, to candles and guitar picks – West Coast high school students recently pitched their brightest business ideas of a panel of local experts as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) 2022 programme. 

Twenty‐four students in nine teams from high schools around the region are taking part in this year’s programme – where teams of secondary students come up with a business plan, pitch their ideas to local mentors and receive support throughout the year as they develop and roll‐out their ideas.

The Mid‐year Pitch is one of various challenges held throughout the year that contribute to each team’s overall results in the programme. It involves presenting their concept to a panel of local judges and explaining how they are going to turn the idea into a business reality. This follows a speed‐coaching event held earlier in the year, with the programme culminating in a final pitch and presentation at and end‐of‐year ceremony.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic supports the year‐long challenge through coordinating events and activities that help local high school students put their business ideas to the test in a real‐world environment and prepare them to take on entrepreneurial opportunities on the West Coast when they leave school.
Read the full article here.


Celebrations for Matariki

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Last month marked New Zealand’s first ever public holiday in celebration of Matariki – the name for the cluster of stars rising in midwinter that heralds the Māori new year.
The appearance of Matariki marks a time of remembrance, joy and peace. It is a time for communities to come together and celebrate in your own way with whanau and friends.
For Māori, the reappearance of the Matariki cluster in the morning sky during mid-winter coincided with a traditional ceremony of food sharing, which honoured those who had passed, brought communities together to reconnect and created space for discussion – particularly about the environment.
Matariki Ahunga Nui talks to the great food piles of Matariki. Communities and whānau would gather to give thanks for all the blessings of the past year, and reconnect with one another. Staff at Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Greymouth campus gathered to reconnect and share a breakfast together in honour of Matariki.
It is a special time for Aōtearoa and it was great to see communities come together to honour Matariki and learn more about the meaning behind it.


Wāhine Toa graduates of 2022

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Tai Poutini Poltyechnic's CE Alex Cabrera addressing the 2022 Wāhine Toa graduates.

A huge congratulations to Wāhine Toa graduates of 2022! Graduates from the Wāhine Toa have successfully completed an all-female Ministry of Social Development employment skills programme based at Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is proud to support local wāhine on their journey to employment.


Still time to enrol for programmes starting mid-year 

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Thinking about upskilling, learning a trade or trying something new? Check out Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s mid-year programmes – there’s still time to enrol and start on your own learning pathway.
Some of the training options a free under the Government’s Covid-19 recovery programme and you’re sure to find something to suit you. Find out more at 2022 Programmes starting soon » Tai Poutini Polytechnic (
Mid-year programme options include:

For further study options including short courses visit


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