New year – new body

1 Jan 2017

New year – new body Shar Ransom 4 *Shar Ransom Tutor* – Pre Health and Science, Tai Poutini Polytechnic We take our car for a warrant of fitness every six months but what about our bodies? The New Year is a great time to continue or start new and healthier habits. *Do you have balance in your life?* Can you say to yourself: today I have achieved one social goal (like having a cuppa with a friend), one healthy goal (such as having a salad for lunch or skipping that extra alcoholic drink), and one feel-good goal (like doing something that spins your wheels)? *Have you had a health check-up?* Do you know if your blood pressure is within a healthy range for your age (approximately  120/80)? Are your blood sugar levels between 3.9-6.1 mmols/L? What is a healthy weight for your height? For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5-24.9 range. When did your GP last order a cholesterol check for you? *Am I eating my colours?* Try to eat fruit or vegies from each colour group each day: white,orange, red, green, brown, purple. This helps ensure an adequate intake of healthy vitamins and minerals *What about my immunisation status?* Is it time for a tetanus booster? *Summer...

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WC open day

20 Dec 2016

WC Open Day. Chat with tutors about 2017 study options. Free Coffee and BBQ.

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Holiday close down

14 Dec 2016

TPP Reefton Campus will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 20 December.  All other Tai Poutini Polytechnic Campuses will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017. All campuses will be re-opening Monday 8 January 2018. Wishing you a Safe and Merry Christmas. Tai Poutini Polytechnic

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Graduation day road closures

6 Dec 2016

Graduation day road closures The NZ Transport Agency is advising all users of the Coast Road, SH6 through Punakaiki between Westport and Greymouth, that they will need to take the Reefton route (SH 7) on Friday, 9 December. Mackay Street Mile - Friday 9 December 2016 Mackay Street from Regent Theatre to Custom Street, including Tainui Street from Mackay Street to Mawhera Quay  - 4pm to 9pm.

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Keeping safe from scammers

1 Dec 2016

Keeping safe from scammers Bob Gilmore *Bob Gilmore *Tutor – ICT and Computing, Tai Poutini Polytechnic Computer or phone scams target everyone, regardless of your age, background or income. They succeed because they look or sound like the real thing and catch us out because we want to be polite or helpful. Here are a few tips to help protect yourself from computer scams. Know who you’re dealing with. If you’ve only met someone online do a little research. If they provide you with a photo, you can search for it using Google Image Search ([]) and see if they are who they say they are. Many scams are documented online. Check a website like[] which has information on thousands of scams, including current scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You can’t win a lottery you didn’t enter and a stranger isn’t going to give you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Never send money, credit card details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust. Watch out for friend or contact requests from people you already have contact with. Many scammers steal someone’s identity, set up a fake account and then attempt to scam that person’s real friends....

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Campus closure

13 Nov 2016

  *WESTPORT CAMPUS – 15 November 2016* Our Westport Campus will be open as normal on Tuesday 15 November 2016.   *CAMPUS CLOSURE – 14 November 2016* 14 November 2016, 8.45am Our Westport Campus is closed today 14 November 2016. An update will be provided by 5pm today.  Watch this space.

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New manager for Polytechnic’s West Coast Faculty

10 Nov 2016

New manager for Polytechnic’s West Coast Faculty Putting people into jobs, enticing new students to the West Coast and working with business to deliver the education outcomes the region needs are three key goals of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) new West Coast General Manager Teresa Schwellnus. Dr Schwellnus, who took on the role at the beginning of August, says she is energised about the opportunities on the West Coast. Emigrating from South Africa in 2000, where she was a Professor in Private Law, Dr Schwellnus has since held senior roles at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education and the Ara Institute of Canterbury. “It is exciting for me to actually be getting a chance to do a broader role. I am passionate about getting people into jobs. I believe in ‘education for employment’, that is, seeing real employment outcomes for students. “I also enjoy the regional development aspect of this role. TPP is not only an employer in the region,we are also a big provider of skilled staff to local businesses. We need to be working as part of the wider business economy to make sure we are meeting the needs of the West Coast. “I drive around the region and see this as the land of opportunity – we have plenty of everything and TPP has...

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Summer driving tips from TPP

1 Nov 2016

Summer driving tips from TPP Ivan Wilson *Ivan Wilson *Tutor  *– * Road Safety Co-ordinator, Tai Poutini Polytechnic Before you get behind the wheel these summer holidays, check out our summer driving tips. *Plan* your journey; give yourself time to make the trip without rushing. *Check* your car is road safe; don’t forget to fill your window washing fluid, water, oil and fuel.  Check your spare is in the boot! *Handy* items to take on your journey include: a first aid kit, torch, emergency blanket, jacket, wet wipes, tissues, power pack and jumper leads. *Pack* your car well. Don’t overload your car and ensure everything is tied down. *Buckle* up and ensure children are in the right seat. *Share* driving, take regular breaks and if you do get tired take a power nap – it could save you. *Stay* hydrated; sip water and don’t forget the snacks. *Observ*e the speed limits, drive to the conditions and keep a safe following distance. *Sunstrik*e will become an issue in the early morning and later in the day.  Remember your sunnies and sunscreen!  *Don’*t drink and drive; have a safe option. Remain focused on the drive so you’ll be ready to spot hazards before they morph into something serious. Have a Safe...

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