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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Opining of trades-training facility in Greymouth

29 Aug 2016

Polytech to open trades-training facility in Greymouth Old workshops are about to be replaced with a state-of-the-art trades-training facility in central Greymouth creating new learning opportunities and improved learning outcomes for students at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP). The new facility will officially open on Wednesday 31 August 2016. The facility will offer specialised equipment, high-tech workspaces and an enhanced learning environment for West Coast students. The new facility highlights the Polytechnic’s commitment to the region and to delivering on the needs of industry. TPP Head of Department Trades Warren Smith says the new facility will allow TPP to become a “one-stop-shop” for automotive engineering training – for Trades Academy students at local high schools, through to new and current TPP students as well as offering industry professionals the chance develop and up-skill. “The facility will give us the ability to progress further than we have been able to in the past,” says Mr Smith. The Trades Training Facility offers a spacious learning environment and has the advantage of state-of-the-art technology that connects students to their work. With the latest equipment and more workshop spaces, TPP can run additional, specialised training in parallel with fundamental trades programmes. “The focus is on delivering quality programmes to existing students and new learners. We...

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