Jasmine Baker

Outdoor Instructing and Guiding Graduate

Programme attended: Outdoor Instruction and Guiding (Level 5)

Cave Creek Memorial Scholarship awarded to outdoor education all-rounder

Jasmine Baker did her research before settling on Tai Poutini Polytechnic for her Outdoor Education study, and she liked what she heard.

“I rang around a number of potential employers and asked them where they preferred to get their graduates from.  They all said TPP, without a doubt, and I had heard great things from graduates too, so it was a simple decision to move to Greymouth.”

Her decision paid off, and the programme clearly suited Jasmine, who was awarded one of the two Cave Creek Student Memorial Scholarships in 2017.

The Cave Creek Memorial Scholarships were established to honour the 13 TPP Outdoor Recreation students who lost their lives when a viewing platform collapsed at Cave Creek on the West Coast in 1995. 

“Throughout her study, Jasmine demonstrated the all-round excellence that employers look for in outdoor guides, which made her a worthy recipient of this prize,” says her tutor and programme leader, Phil Johnston-Coates.

Now that she works as a sea kayaking guide in the Abel Tasman, Jasmine says that she uses what she learned at Tai Poutini every day.

“Doing the Tai Poutini diploma really prepared me for work.  I felt that as I left polytechnic after my 2nd year, I was fully set up for any challenge that comes at me.”

Jasmine is looking forward to extending her skills somewhere in Canada or Asia when the New Zealand kayaking season is over.