TPP Enrolments Up


It’s all go at Tai Poutini Polytechnic with the new intake of 2014 students starting last week. Over 150  students descended  on Greymouth  campus  for  a  Powhiri  and  BBQ  lunch  in  the  Atrium  on Monday  10  February.  Further orientation  events  and  activities  will continue  to  familiarise  new students with the strong TPP community.


The  atmosphere around campus is positive as West Coast enrolment  numbers are up when compared to this time last year – with noticeable increases in several programmes.

 The Certificate in Automotive Trades has had their highest number of enrolments in seven years. The programme  involves a  good  mix  of theory  and  practical  and  in  turn  prepares  students  for  an apprenticeship   in the  automotive  industry. Head  of  Department,  Warren Smith,  says  “It’s  a reflection  on the great job our tutors are doing, and the support we receive from the automotive industry who take our students on at the conclusion of the programme”.

TPP’s  ever  popular  Outdoor  Education  programmes  have  also  drawn  in their  highest  number  of enrolments in five years. The West Coast offers the perfect setting for these students and this year they have hit the ground running, literally, running the Point Elizabeth walkway, testing their fitness levels. The  Outdoor programmes  are  highly  practical  and students  make  the  most of  the  West Coast’s incredible wilderness areas. Outdoor Programme  Leader, Paula Roberts, says “the students are excited to get out and explore what the West Coast wilderness has to offer while studying in its backyard.


It’s not too late to apply to study at TPP with a few remaining programmes  starting  in upcoming weeks.  The  new  2 year Diploma  in Professional  Culinary  Arts,  based  at Greymouth, starts  on 24 February 2014.  There  is  a  50%  fee  discount available  for  those  students  who apply  –  a  great incentive to kick‐start a career in the industry.

There are also places available  on the Certificate  in Engineering (Fitting  and Turning)  programme, based at TPP’s Westport campus, which starts on 31 March 2014. The Westport campus has also had a significant increase in enrolments this year with new programmes being introduced.