Stakeholder News | September 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Thank you to all of our community partners for their support and interest in the recent release of Te Pūkenga’s proposed leadership and organisational structure. We are preparing a submission in response to the proposal which reflects the feedback from our wider community and highlights the unique needs of the West Coast region. It was also great to once again see a strong turnout for our annual West Coast Pathways Career Expo – there’s nothing like bringing everyone together in the one place to talk directly with learners about their training and employment journeys and help open their eyes to the opportunities out there. It’s been another busy month, with plenty of work on and the usual winter wellbeing issues to cope with – like you, we’re all looking forward to the arrival of Spring and some welcome sunshine!

Ngā mihi,
Alex Cabrera
Chief Executive

Tā tātou huarahi | Our pathway: Te Pūkenga organisational direction and design




The engagement period is now open for Tā tātou huarahi | Our pathway: Te Pūkenga organisational direction and design – Te Pūkenga’s proposals for its future organisation and leadership structure.

The structure has been designed to fulfil Te Pūkenga’s Charter commitments to ākonga, with their whānau, Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners, employers and our priority communities – Māori, Pacific and disabled people. By bringing together Ako Delivery Networks (teaching, training, learner wellbeing and employer functions) and regions, Te Pūkenga are proposing a unified structure that will build on the strengths of on-the-job, on-campus and online vocational and applied learning.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is considering the proposed structures and working on feedback that reflects the specific needs of the West Coast region, our learners, employers and industry. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us to share their views on the future of vocational education and the needs of the region. We continue to seek the input of community partners – specifically in reference to the ongoing need to ensure the provision of quality, sustainable vocational education that meets the needs of the West Coast community. Our discussions are ongoing with stakeholders – if you have ideas or thoughts to add, please don’t hesitate to contact us as comms@tpp.ac.nz.

The full engagement document is available for anyone to access via the link below: 
Tā tātou huarahi | Our pathway: Te Pūkenga organisational direction and design

Providing feedback 
During this engagement period, the main priority is receiving feedback from kaimahi (staff) in Te Pūkenga Network. This includes our Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs), Work Based Learning (WBL) divisions, Te Pūkenga business divisions and National Office.

If you are outside of Te Pūkenga Network and would like to provide comment on the engagement document, please complete this questionnaire. Alternatively, you can email feedbackom@tepukenga.ac.nz. All feedback will be considered, with priority weighting given to Te Pūkenga Network kaimahi.
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Te Pūkenga Transition


Tai Poutini Polytechnic Ltd will become part of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, on 1 October 2022.

The decision to move on 1 October enables us to complete the transition process well before our very busy end of year processes and activities and the Christmas closedown period.

There will be no change to the day-to-day teaching and learning activities of kaimahi (staff) and ākonga (learners). All relationships with kaiako (tutors), learning support services and programmes will continue. We remain committed to providing ākonga with an exceptional learning experience that will support them into their future careers.

Our relationships with employers, industry, and communities, are an integral part of delivering vocational education that meets the needs of learners our wider region. Supporting successful outcomes for learners remains our priority. That won’t change.

We recognise the strength of the relationships that have been built by Tai Poutini Polytechnic Ltd with our local communities, industry and employers and value the work we do together to support learners. These relationships, and the mahi we achieve together, will continue.
(Supplied by Te Pūkenga)


Hundreds check out career options at expo


Students, job seekers and local community members flocked to this year’s West Coast Pathways Career Expo over two days in August.

The annual event, held in Greymouth and Westport, brings together training providers, industry representatives, employers and support agencies all in the one place so Coasters can talk about all their career opportunities.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Leader Engagement Mequa Hourston says there was a great turnout for this year’s event.

“It’s always wonderful to welcome high school students and others from around the West Coast and give them this opportunity to explore their training and career options with advice directly from those in-the-know. It’s also a good opportunity for our community partners to come together and focus on our local learners.

“There’s huge value in hosting events like this on the West Coast and giving learners that face-to-face opportunity to talk about their ambitions and how they make them a reality. I always love seeing their excitement and interest in what’s out there for them.”

Jeremy Benton, of BCITO, says “it was awesome to get in front of the students of the West Coast and chat about their futures. The Expo was really well-run and was massively beneficial for the kids to get an idea of what careers they could potentially get into.

“It was really impressive to hear how prepared they were for what they wanted to do following School and I have full confidence that success will be experienced by many. I look forward to returning next year.”

The event is supported by: Coast Connect, West Coast Trades Academy, Upskill, Development West Coast (DWC), BullerREAP, WestREAP, Connected, Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (Grey, Westland & Buller), South Westland Area School, Westland High School, Greymouth High School, John Paul II High School, Reefton Area School, Karamea School.


Strong interest in TPP Mining and Quarrying programmes

 A record number of students from around the South Island have enrolled in Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s second‐semester mining and quarrying programme as they prepare for future management training.

The recent course on regulatory requirements as they apply to mining and quarrying operations was so oversubscribed that it was split it into two separate classes. The successful completion of this course is a key step on the journey to becoming a mine or quarry manager in New Zealand.

Infrastructure Tutor Johannes Annandale says while the second‐semester training is usually busy, there could be a number of reasons for the significant jump in this year’s numbers.

“We always have strong interest in our mining and quarrying programmes, both from individuals and from companies looking to upskill their staff and get them trained for mine or quarry management positions.
“It’s clearly a reflection of the industry right now and, given pending changes in legislation that will place greater requirements on mine and quarry operations to have employees with A‐Grade or B-Grade certificates of compliance, there’s a growing demand for training in this space.
“We know that the industry is growing and employers are keen to see additional staff trained in health and safety and regulatory requirements. The recent high number of trainees could also be partly attributed to the current gold price.
“We’re very pleased to welcome students not just from the West Coast but all around the South Island to this fundamental course which is required for all quarry and mine management qualifications. We were more than happy to set up a second class to cater for the increased demand. Our students gain knowledge from our highly capable and experienced tutors in the interpretation and application of regulatory requirements on an extractive site in New Zealand.”
Manager, Teaching and Learning – Trades, Civil & Extractives Peter O’Sullivan says the numbers are a great reflection on the quality of the West Coast‐based programme, which is also delivered at locations throughout New Zealand.
“As part of Te Pūkenga, the national network for vocational education training, we’re continuing to work closely with all our partners to focus on meeting industry demand and putting our learners at the centre of the training we deliver. With low unemployment nationally and a very busy extractives industry, we’re seeing more need for in‐work training and that’s helping to drive our enrolments.
“Students are also eligible for fees free training in mining and quarrying for any training that is undertaken in 2022 under the Government’s post‐Covid‐19 Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund, which is great news for the sector.”

Careers Hui

In August local high school careers staff gathered at Tai Poutini Polytechnic for a Careers Hui with Leigh Gray, Kaiarahi from Careers and Transition Education Association. The workshop covered career education and guidance guidelines, Ikigai resources, national education learning priorities as well as valuable discussions that followed.
If you work in the career guidance space and would like to be kept up to date on the next Careers Hui please contact Maree Thomas, Career Hub Coordinator – mareet@tpp.ac.nz

Learn predator trapping methods

Delivered in partnership with DOC, NMIT, TPP and the Buller District Council, this course provides the knowledge and skills to manage effective pest control programmes.
On completion you will be able to:
- Create and refine a predator control plan
- Write field instructions for the layout of selected traps identified in the predator control plan
- Undertake predator control and document trap-catch results in a field situation
2-day workshop
Conservation Training and Employment Hub, 2a Coates Street, Westport
21 - 22 September
Pre-reading required
Apply now - nmit.ac.nz/conservation
* Fees subject to change. For international students, international fees apply.

Grab a taste of Tai Poutini Polytechnic


Locals can now book to sample the culinary skills of Tai Poutini Polytechnic cookery students at one of our Restaurant lunch events. 

The Polytechnic restaurant is open for lunch bookings on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 of September with three sittings available each day. Cookery students are working hard on the menus and details, including costs, which will be confirmed closer to the time. Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for all updates.
If you’re keen to sample a true culinary treat, contact our Greymouth campus reception to find out more – 0800 800 411.