MAINZ to transfer to Southern Institute of Technology

12 Dec 2017

MAINZ to transfer to Southern Institute of Technology Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP) Music and Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ) will transfer to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) early next year, as TPP continues on its journey towards ensuring quality, sustainable local tertiary vocational training for the West Coast. Discussions have been underway between the two polytechnics since the end of November, with staff and union consultation completed over the past two weeks. Tai Poutini Polytechnic Chief Executive, Alex Cabrera, says the transfer is in the best interests of students, staff, and the West Coast. “We are reviewing all our activity to ensure we are doing the right things - including whether we are the right organisation to be delivering some of our programmes. The focus for TPP is on ensuring sustainable, quality education for the West Coast that makes a contribution to the local economy. While the MAINZ programme fit the first of these two criteria, there are other industries more relevant to the West Coast that we need to focus on.” Mr Cabrera says SIT is well placed to take over MAINZ. “It has similar programmes already, SIT already has campuses in Christchurch and Auckland (where MAINZ is based), and it is a long-established, high-quality provider with a...

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Giant whale and jadestone wave sold on TradeMe

11 Dec 2017

Giant whale and jadestone wave sold on TradeMe The bidding wars are over and two Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) student sculptures are now on their way to new homes. Jade and Hard Stone Carving Certificate students spent more than 120 hours crafting their limestone sculptures, which were auctioned online via Trademe. Rivalling any child in size, the limestone sculptures of a giant whale and wave attracted a raft of bidders, with the final pieces selling for $505 and $999 respectively. Tai Poutini Polytechnic General Manager Dr Teresa Schwellnus says the successful auctions have been a great confidence boost for the students, who have enjoyed having their art appreciated off-campus. “We are extremely proud of them. From the feedback we’ve received, the community is eager to see what we do next.” Whale The limestone whale was designed and carved by students Annie Inwood, Monique Reekers, Anthony Wetere-Sweet, Hector Tainui and Veronica Salas. The students based their artwork on the four elements, fire, earth, air and water, to carefully reflect key messages of Maoridom. The piece sold for $505, while the 650kg Te wahi pounamu (The Place of Pounamu) was purchased by a Christchurch buyer for $999. 673810884 The wave-like creation from students Storm Cameron, Francey-J Kara, Nikita Stevenson, Stefan Sheffield, and Vicky Dawson...

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Music school event ‘on an epic scale’

24 Nov 2017

Music school event ‘on an epic scale’ A three‐stage venue was packed to the walls this week as hundreds turned out to support the MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) end of year showcase. The ‘MAINZ Arcade’ event featured assessment performances from more than 40 solo and group artists, ranging from Foundation students to those graduating at degree level. Programme Manager Kingsley Melhuish says that the event, held at Whammy Bar and The Winecellar, in the iconic St Kevin’s Arcade on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, is comparable to a music festival, and that as an educational experience, it is hard to beat. “For our students, MAINZ Arcade provides a fertile environment for students to grow their creativity. They feed off each other, learning from those outside of their own cohort and musical genre, and finish their academic year on a real high. “It was remarkable to see the contrast between the students’ performances earlier in the year, and this end of year event, with outstanding growth in both confidence and skill,” he says. This is the second time the school has held the MAINZ Arcade event, and Kingsley says it is beginning to get noticed. “We kicked this event off to provide a rich opportunity for students, so that they could gain the experience of both playing to large...

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MAINZ Arcade

20 Nov 2017

MAINZ Arcade MAINZ Arcade 21 November St Kevins Arcade takes on a festival feel at MAINZ Arcade featuring more than 30 artists from MAINZ (Music + Audio Institute of New Zealand) performing live music next month. A multi-stage feast, MAINZ Arcade will showcase performances from EMP to Rock, RnB to Thrash, as well as emerging genres. An evening of music spread across three stages and two venues will turn out music for everyone. “This is the future of NZ music, it’s exciting to showcase the wealth of talent borne of MAINZ (Music + Audio Institute of New Zealand) says Programme Manager Kingsley Melhuish *MAINZ Arcade* 22nd June 2017 Free entry Doors 6:30pm open Event begins 7pm until late. Whammy Bar (2 stages) and the Winecellar St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karangahape Road, Auckland

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Top 10 reasons to study at MAINZ

9 Nov 2017

Top 10 reasons to study at MAINZ So, you want a career in music? The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) is the best place to get started and make sure you reach your goals.   Top 10 reasons why *MAINZ staff stars* – you’ll learn from respected, well-known artists and professionals with a proven history of training up-and-coming NZ talent. *MAINZ student stars* – you’ve probably heard of some of our former students: Gin Wigmore, Joel Little and Kings, all started their careers with MAINZ. *MAINZ set-up* – we’ve got all the gear under one roof, creating a real-life studio environment where you can produce albums from start to finish. *MAINZ location* – our campuses in central Auckland and Christchurch put you in the heart of New Zealand’s cities where all the action is happening. *MAINZ equipment* – we know the music business is constantly evolving and we consider it part of the job to keep our finger on the pulse; we invest in the latest technology to keep our students up with the play. *MAINZ contacts* – getting in front of industry leaders will give you a foot in the door to your new career; MAINZ can help you meet and work with...

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West Coast students carving out a niche in Jade Exhibition

7 Nov 2017

West Coast students carving out a niche in Jade Exhibition Prominent greenstone and stone sculptures which move, ornate animals, flutes, wind chimes, traditional pieces and abstract carvings are all part of a unique exhibition opening in Greymouth. The annual Tai Poutini Polytechnic Exhibition showcases the creations of the polytechnic’s Jade and Hard Stone Carving students. It will be held at the Left Bank Gallery from 10‐24 November 2017. Carving Tutor Sheree Warren says this year there are a huge variety of works from the students, each one distinctively different and personal. “The students have spent hundreds of hours crafting their pieces and have all done an amazing job. The exhibition includes a range of work ‐ from stunning realistic animal sculptures, right through to some original ornate pieces and conceptual carvings. Each piece is really unique.” “They’re excited. This is what the students have been working up to. They’ve spent a lot of time learning the base technical skills, problem solving and the design process. It can be an unforgiving craft so there is a lot of pre‐thought and preparation in carving these pieces.” Sheree Warren says two large unique limestone carvings, created by the students, will feature prominently at the exhibition’s opening night. “Because they don’t fit inside the exhibition we can...

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Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa launching at MAINZ Auckland Campus

5 Nov 2017

Girls Rock Camp Aotearoa launching at MAINZ Auckland Campus Girls Rock Camp NZ

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MAINZ contribution to youth mental health

2 Nov 2017

MAINZ contribution to youth mental health The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand has played a critical role in the development of a new youth resource which tackles the subject of mental illness stigma and discrimination. The Foundation Music and Audio tutors stepped into roles as mental health promoters as the first teaching staff in NZ to run these activities. Conversations for Change is a set of five downloadable activities designed to be used by teachers, youth workers and others working with groups of 15-24-year olds. It aims to encourage young people to reach out for support and to look out for each other while “myth-busting” ideas around mental illness. A development version of the resource was used as a pilot with the Foundation class in February of this year, while tutors ran activities designed to encourage empathy and critical thinking about the area of mental distress.  “What I found interesting [about the resource] is accepting and supporting and respecting others on who they are and whatever culture they come from.”  responded one student participant. “I was surprised to find the students responded to it as mature young adults,” adds Foundation tutor Harry Champion, “I think it's a credit to the resource and activities that...

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Outdoor students prepare for real-world jobs

27 Oct 2017

Outdoor students prepare for real-world jobs Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding students have had the chance to dream big and lead a real-world expedition thanks to the support of a local sponsor. Earlier this year, students wrote expedition proposals for a gruelling outdoor trip somewhere in New Zealand. They then pitched the ideas to their TPP tutors, fellow students and an external sponsor and the best idea was selected to become a reality. Lead tutor Zak Shaw says well-known Kiwi solo sea kayaker Paul Caffyn, who lives on the West Coast, sponsored two expeditions in 2016 and had backed another one this year. The expedition proposals were presented in August, and the winning proposal was funded and took place earlier this month. OE Expedition Image Photo left to right: Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding Programme Coordinator Zak Shaw, Student Nathan Stead, Expedition Leader Kristy Williamson, Student Kevin Burgess, Expedition Grant Sponsor Paul Caffyn. Winning student Kristy Williamson says she was “stoked” to have her proposal selected from amongst the entries. She, along with two fellow students and a support crew, completed a multi-pursuit challenge in early October taking them from the Nelson Lakes through to the Old Ghost Road. “It was an amazing opportunity to complete a...

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TPP student tops scaffolding industry

24 Oct 2017

TPP student tops scaffolding industry Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) scaffolding student Dylan Storey took out top honours in the business this year, being named Scaffolding Trainee of the Year for 2017. Dylan has completed all his training, through to advanced tickets, through TPP. He says the tutors are experienced and the training has helped him move up in his career. “You learn more about the background and rules for scaffolding, as well as how to do the job safely. Winning the Scaffolder of the Year was a bit of a surprise to be honest. The guys got me to fill in the application but I really wasn’t expecting to get it at all. It’s a great thing to be able to put on my CV but at the moment I plan to stay where I am and keep working up.” TPP General Manager Training for Industry Preeti Singh says safety skills and training are hugely important in the scaffolding industry. “TPP employs highly regarded tutors with the experience and knowledge to ensure all our students are getting the best training possible for industry.” This year’s win makes it nine years in a row that TPP students have taken out the prestigious title from industry body Scaffolding, Access and Rigging New...

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