Stakeholder News | March 2022

Kia ora koutou,
It has been wonderful to welcome our 2022 ākonga to campus – whether they are returning students or just getting started on their tertiary training pathways. Most of our programmes are now up and running, with more opportunities for enrolment later in the year. Although Covid-19 restrictions meant we couldn’t hold our usual orientation and mihi whakatau activities, we are still excited for another year to get underway. On that note, a big thank you to everyone who has adapted with us to the new and changing Covid guidelines and the rules we are following to keep everyone on campus healthy and safe. Like most of you, this has been a big focus for our management and staff this year as we also get on with the business of providing quality, sustainable tertiary vocational training options for the West Coast. We’ll have more news throughout the year about Te Pūkenga progress in introducing the new national training model – until then take care and stay safe.

Ngā mihi

Share your ideas for Techweek 2022

We’re once again bringing Techweek to the West Coast and we want to get the local community involved.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic is pleased to be coordinating this year’s West Coast Techweek running from the 16th – 22nd of May. This event is all about sharing new information, tech-related developments and knowledge among our local community and around the country.
We’d like to hear from you! What topics would you like to see included in this year’s programme? Is there something special you’d like to discuss or learn more about? Or do you want to host an event?
Event themes for 2022 include: skills and knowledge, digital transformation, climate and sustainability, global impact, leaders and innovation, and Māori tech participation.
Let us know now what you’d like to get involved in, or register an event online. Tai Poutini Polytechnic staff will support you through the process and help make this a great event for the West Coast.
Right now, we’re keen to know two things;

  • What sort of topics would be of value to you and the West Coast community?

We are currently brainstorming topics for workshops, demonstrations or conversations to be held throughout Techweek. Different events across different days and locations. Think about topics that meet the needs of our region? It would be great to see if we can try get your event idea off the ground.

  • Do you have a workshop or event you would like to bring to the West Coast during Techweek?

Any event that has a focus on digital or tech can be involved. This could be anything from small meet-ups, demonstrations, conversations and workshops. Events can be a mix of in-person, virtual and hybrid events so there’s something to suit everyone. Community-focused events are free to register up until Wednesday 20 April. You can register your event here.
Key dates:

  • Tuesday 12 April – Last call for event submissions
  • Tuesday 3 May – Full Techweek22 programme announced
  • 16-22 May – Techweek22 kicks off

Techweek is a nationwide series of events, showcasing and celebrating New Zealand tech - it provides a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections for a better tomorrow. Tai Poutini Polytechnic supports the national tech event by promoting and coordinating locally focused events here on the West Coast.
If you have any questions, or to find out more about Techweek2022 please feel free to email or visit

Learners welcomed for 2022 academic year!

Students are getting started on a new year of learning as our first semester programmes kick-off across all Tai Poutini Polytechnic campuses.
Covid-19 restrictions, meant we couldn’t welcome students in the usual way, but they are now settling into study and getting set for their new careers.
There are plenty of options for study in 2022, and many of these qualify for fees-free training under the Government’s trades-focused Covid-19 recovery scheme. Programmes starting in February and March included:

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Hard Stone and Jade Carving (level 3)
  • Outdoor Ed (level 4)
  • Civil Plant (Auckland)
  • Agriculture
  • Business Admin (level 3)
  • Foundation Skills (Westport)
  • Outdoor Education (level 5)
  • Cookery 

Civil Plant programmes in Westport and Greymouth will start in May.
Find out more about training options available through Tai Poutini Polytechnic – many of which offer flexible learning options – at 2022 Programmes starting soon » Tai Poutini Polytechnic (
Keep an eye out for mid-year programmes to be added very soon.

Opening doors to more learners

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is committed to supporting West Coast learners to gain tertiary vocational training to help them reach their career goals.
As well as providing campus and pastoral support to all of our full- and part-time learners, we’re also supporting learners from other tertiary providers. Last year we announced a partnership with the Open Polytechnic which means West Coasters can sign-up for any online learning programme, and enjoy local support from Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
This year, we’ve extended that offer to Transitionary Industry Training Organisations (like the Primary ITO or Business and Construction ITO). We are now welcoming their learners and those in apprenticeships to use our learning and support facilities.
Of course, we’re all being careful to follow Covid-19 rules and guidelines, and there are some restrictions on campus at the moment. But we’re still here to help and you can contact us anytime.
The sorts of support we can offer includes health and wellbeing, study aids, technical support and more. Covid-19 requirements mean there are some restrictions to what people can access on campus, but when we do move through the traffic light system the following services will become more widely available:

  • computer suite and login (including print access)
  • library
  • BYOD free wifi
  • access to onsite cafeteria
  • careers hub for information and advice
  • funding information and application assistance (StudyLink)
  • learning support:
    • literacy and numeracy assistance
    • study skills
    • time management
  • pastoral Care
    • health and wellbeing support
  • Māori and Pasifika support
    • scholarship and grant application assistance
    • hapū, iwi and community contacts/links
    • mentoring/welfare support

This is one of the ways Tai Poutini Polytechnic is supporting a flexible and collaborative approach to tertiary vocational training on the West Coast. 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic at Covid-19 Red

Thank you to all our community partners for your cooperation as we respond to life under the “Red” traffic light systems and the various changes in phases.
Under the Red setting of the Government’s Covid-19 Protection Framework – the “traffic light system” – the following are requirements for tertiary education providers:

  • At Red, staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless exempt) to be onsite at tertiary providers.
  • Students and visitors must also be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) and have a valid My Vaccine Pass to be onsite – please show yours when you check-in at reception.
  • There are some exceptions for our Trades Academy students, where secondary students are not required to be vaccinated.
  • Appropriate masks must be used indoors at tertiary education premises that are open to the public, and during formal teaching and learning activities (unless an exemption applies).
  • Capacity limits based on 1m distancing are required.
  • Onsite businesses and services should operate subject to COVID-19 Protection Framework guidelines and rules for the relevant sector (e.g., retail, hospitality, gyms, close-proximity businesses). Guidelines for these businesses and services are available on the website: COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) - link)