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Stakeholder News | October 2020

It’s good news that COVID restrictions have been eased around the country. While we’re all getting used to new ways of working and strict hygiene practices, the news that the situation is controlled is certainly a relief for us all. It’s been another positive month, with some new initiatives announced and opportunities to take part in a range of community activities. Updates on our various events and news are in this newsletter, along with latest sector information from the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology – now known as Te Pūkenga.

Alex Cabrera
Chief Executive


Introducing Te Pūkenga

Te Pūkenga. Yesterday a new permanent unifying name that represents many strands and ideas was confirmed for the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, has announced Te Pūkenga as NZIST’s new permanent name. The Minister made the announcement at Te Pūkenga’s head office location at Wintec’s city campus in Hamilton.

The new name and visual identity, recommended to the Minister by Te Pūkenga’s Council following public consultation and extensive engagement with stakeholders, was confirmed yesterday.

The name Te Pūkenga reflects our new tertiary institute’s commitment to New Zealand’s unique heritage and our relationship with tangata whenua.

It is a strong and unifying name for an institute charged with creating a single unified vocational education system where learners are put at the very centre. One where learning is flexible and adaptive to learners’ unique needs, while ensuring it is purposeful and the skills offered meet the expectations of employers in a changing world of work.

Right across Aotearoa this afternoon staff, learners and trainees at Subsidiaries and Transitional ITOs were able to join in via a live-stream and listen to the announcement, celebrating Te Pūkenga as our new unifying name.

“The name Te Pūkenga describes the gaining and mastery of valuable skills through passing knowledge down from person to person,” explains Stephen Town, Te Pūkenga’s Chief Executive. “The learner receives knowledge and in time becomes an expert in those skills. This embodies the spirit of Te Pūkenga for New Zealand.”

The Institute’s full legal name is Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

“A name that uses both te reo Māori and English highlights the organisation’s commitment to partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi, and reflects the important role the organisation will play for Māori.”

“We consulted on a wide range of possible name suggestions and Te Pūkenga was chosen because it was the best fit for who we are – a skills-based institute with a strong commitment to ākonga and Aotearoa,” says Stephen.

“The programme will be a great first step in helping meet needs and I hope there will be more delivery options in future. I’m very supportive of TPP’s initiative and keen to work with them to explore how we transition students into the workforce after completing programmes with TPP,” she says.


TPP to meet demand for support learning on the West Coast

In response to significant demand across the West Coast, TPP will launch a new programme next year that helps supported learning students transition into tertiary study.

Right now, there are no post-high school training programmes available for supported learning students on the West Coast. TPP has been speaking with educators, whanau and social services for several months about bridging the gap.

TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says it’s clear from the feedback received from across the community that access to tertiary training is an issue for supported learning students.

“We intend to start with a pilot training programme that will offer foundation skills and basic training with a hospitality focus for supported learning students. We realise that the demand will be high for the programme and we’ll be taking a staged approach to rolling out more training options in the future.

Parent Tracey Ilton says the idea of a tertiary training programme for supported learning students is exciting for both her and her daughter.

“My daughter left high school almost three years ago and there isn’t anything for her to go on to on the West Coast. Having something to look forward to and take part in is important – we both attended the first information session and we came away really excited.”

The idea for the training programme was first raised by West Coast District Health Board member Sarah Birchfield, who is also on the CDHB/WCDHB Disability Action Plan Committee, and a mother of a child who has a disability. Working with TPP, the concept was developed and, with feedback from the community, will be ready to deliver in early 2021.

Sarah Birchfield says there is an absolute need for this sort of training on the West Coast.

“The programme will be a great first step in helping meet needs and I hope there will be more delivery options in future. I’m very supportive of TPP’s initiative and keen to work with them to explore how we transition students into the workforce after completing programmes with TPP,” she says.


Extra Roadshow dates added for Reefton and Greymouth

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Two more dates have been added to the popular West Coast Training and Employment Roadshow, after the event was cut short due to COVID-19.

Hundreds of West Coast students, community members and groups attended the Roadshow in July and August. New dates have now been added, with the Roadshow in Reefton on 1 October and in Greymouth to speak with local schools on 16 October.

TPP, along with Development West Coast, the Ministry of Social Development, Department of Conservation and representatives of the civil construction and primary industries, have 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. The two final sessions were delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but have now been rescheduled.

Reefton Stakeholder and Community Info Session - Thursday 1 October at St Johns, Smith Street. Starts at 5.30pm.

You can find a summary of some of the information shared at the roadshow at https://tpp.ac.nz/assets/Uploads/WC-Roadshow-Initiatives-Booklet-email.pdf


Te Pūkenga ramps-up work

TPP is now a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga a national body set up to lead tertiary education reform across the country.

As part of the wider institute, TPP is now able to offer a greater range of training options by working with partners to deliver programmes on the West Coast. There’s a lot going on in the sector right now – if you’re interested in keep up to speed with new work and changes, you can sign-up to the monthly newsletter – head online to www.tepūkenga.ac.nz/news and click the subscribe button near the bottom of the page.

Some of the key work now underway includes:

  • Te Pūkenga Project Management Office focusing on key projects – this work is based around two types of projects: transformation and core capabilities. Under each of those are a range of further projects and workstreams and progress is happening across all. Transformation Projects include: Academic Delivery Innovation, Akonga/learners at the Centre, Māori Partnerships & Equity, Operating Model, TITO Transition and Work-based Learning. Core Capabilities Projects include: Governance & Accountability, Head Office and Group Operations, Network Collaboration, Network Stabilisation. You can find updates on each in the news section on the NZIST website.
  • New Chief Executive Stephen Town outlines his first 60 days –he outlines his focus on equity for Māori, setting clear near-term priorities, work on the new operating model (which he sees as a “blueprint for transformation”) and the fact that there will be opportunities to take advantage of as changes occur.
  • The Te Pūkenga council recently met in Christchurch for a strategy session. Key discussion points included: Te Pūkenga using its size and scale to drive change; Te Pūkenga being excellent in all ways; Te Pūkenga operating in a way that is nimble, agile and keeps things simple; Te Pūkenga achieving equity and providing accessibility to learning opportunities; Te Pūkenga providing transformative education that will unlock learner outcomes; Te Pūkenga connecting learners into employment. Immediate priorities for the Council are to mitigate the financial position of the network, and progress work on achieving equity.


TPP welcomes future Westport students

Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend our Westport Open Evening in September. It was great to see so many new faces and talk to people about what TPP has to offer the local community.

We started the day earlier at Buller High School, with TPP staff and tutors talking to students about pathways into different trade industries. The visit followed a trip to the high school’s kitchen earlier in the week by TPP cookery tutors who offered local students some tips and showed them some great new techniques.

There are now more options than ever for students to enrol in FREE training programmes – take a look at our website www.tpp.ac.nz/feesfree to see if you’re eligible!


TPP First Aid tutor heads national organisation

TPP’s Janet Jamieson is bringing a taste of the West Coast to her new role as Chair of New Zealand’s Association of Emergency Care Training Providers (AECTP).

Janet has been a long-time member and leader within the association, and recently accepted an approach to become Chair. AECTP promotes and supports quality in pre-hospital emergency care training, running an annual conference and providing professional development to educators and organisations such as Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

“I’ve been involved in the national association since its inception around 10 years ago,” says Janet. “I love working alongside other professionals to develop the skills and quality of first-aid providers across the country.”

Janet is TPP’s Lead Tutor – First Aid, focusing on developing the skills of students as well as spear-heading community initiatives.

“We’re continuing to run free training sessions for West Coast organisations on how to use defibrillators and helping people prepare for when the worst happens. We all have the ability to help others in times of need, but the training is important part. People can die from bad first aid – so we want to help people learn what to do.”

Janet says she’s excited to chair the national organisation, and also challenged by the idea of working alongside the heads of training for New Zealand’s major first aid agencies.

“I like to bring a little bit of the West Coast to all of our events. I’ll offer our keynote speakers or guest a jade carving or wood carving made here at home to give them a little taste of the Coast.”

Find out more about ACEPT New Zealand at www.aectpnz.org


High School students "wowed" by French cooking class

11b5221d 69ad 48ee 8711 6de75416860dGreymouth High School students got a taste of France in September, when TPP tutors took them through a special French cooking class.

TPP supported the high school’s term three French module by inviting students into the polytechnic kitchen and getting them thinking about some classical French baking. Around 20 students attended the special class and took away some great cooking tips.

TPP Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says it was fantastic to be able to support the local high school students and perhaps pique their interest in French cooking and baking.

“We started with some choux pastry, ganache and crème Chantilly then brought in a bit of a ‘wow’ factor by showing the students how to assemble a Croquembouche – most MasterChef watchers will recall the impressive pyramid dessert. It certainly captured the students’ interest at our class!

“We’re always happy to support local high schools with learning, and perhaps spark an interest in cookery which students might want to pursue in the future.”


TPP Scaffolding Tutor recognised by Scaffolding & Rigging Association

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TPP Scaffolding Tutor David Spice’s contribution and dedication to the national industry has been recognised by the Scaffolding and Rigging Association of NZ (SARNZ).

David was a founding member of the association and heavily involved in drafting standards for the industry. His work, largely voluntary, was recognised at the annual SARNZ Conference and Trade Show on 22 September with the presentation of an award in recognition and thanks for his “outstanding contribution during the last 25 years”.

David says it was a great feeling to be recognised by his peers. “After a lot of years and a lot of work it really means something special to be recognised at the event,” he says.

David says that, after spending most of his working life in the scaffolding industry, he got involved in setting up the association in response to a lack of standards and robust qualifications in the scaffolding and rigging industry back in the 1990s. He was also involved in setting up TPP’s first scaffolding programme in the late 1990s and early 2000s – the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Find out more about SARNZ at www.sarnz.co.nz


West Coast Short Courses

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For more information contact: 

Mequa Hourston, Leader - Engagement 
DDI: 03 7699 405 | Mobile: 027 237 5844 | email: mequah@tpp.ac.nz