Student-built house shifted to Westport

10 Dec 2014

Student-built house shifted to Westport  One lucky Westport homeowner is about to take delivery of their brand-new, Tai Poutini Polytechnic student-built house. The house will be lifted by crane from its current location at Lombard Street tomorrow (Tuesday 9 December) and loaded onto a truck for delivery to its new Westport site. Each year West Coast residents have the opportunity to enter a ballot to have a new home built for them by Tai Poutini Polytechnic carpentry students. The home is built at the Greymouth campus then delivered to its new owner for just the cost of materials and a small administration fee. Winner of the 2014 ballot, Brenda Soares, says she is looking forward to seeing her new home arrive in Westport. “It’s been a great process to be involved in and I can’t wait to get the house on site and move in. Working with the Polytechnic and students this year has been a wonderful experience and I am excited that we are almost finished.” Tai Poutini Polytechnic Facilities Manager Doug Griffin says the ballot is cast around this time each year for people interested in taking part in the process. The owner of next year’s house has just been drawn and is right now working with Polytechnic...

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New $2 million facility an investment in the West Coast

26 Nov 2014

New $2 million facility an investment in the West Coast Tai Poutini Polytechnic is set to start work in the new year on a $2 million purpose-built trades training facility in Greymouth. Plans for the new 480 square metre, two storey Tainui Street building were approved today (Wednesday 26 November) by the Polytechnic Council, confirming the multi-million dollar investment in West Coast training facilities. The new facility will include a three-bay workshop, offices and classroom space. It follows construction of a new engineering workshop at the Polytechnic’s Westport campus, which is due to open after Christmas. Tai Poutini Polytechnic Chief Executive Allan Sargison says the new building will vastly improve automotive training facilities and create a great learning environment for trades students. “The new trades facility is an investment in the West Coast, as well as an investment in our training programmes. We are committed to delivering quality tertiary education opportunities to the people of the West Coast – this new building will give our tutors and students the extra space and machinery they need to create a state-of-the-art learning environment.” Tai Poutini Polytechnic Facilities Manager Doug Griffin says the new facility will be a great boost for trades tutors and students. “We have modelled the facility on an actual...

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Jesse Will is making it big

26 Nov 2014

Jesse is making it big Former MAINZ student Jesse Will launched his career and is making it big over in the UK. He has set up his own Music Website Jessewillmusic.com , made the Semi Finals of the of the TPP song writing competition with Indigo and he has just made the semi Finals of the Recording Fest music competition in Europe with Indigo. This week he has made the top 50 in the Vander Young song writing competition out of 3400 songs with Mama Say which I thought was very appropriate for MIANZ as Dave Mcartney really encouraged him to write these songs. http://www.apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp/2014-vanda-and-young-shortlist/[http://www.apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp/2014-vanda-and-young-shortlist/] He has been contacted by a management company but hasn’t signed yet. He has also done quite a few interviews which you will see on his website that he made.Jesse arrives back in NZ next week for two months then back to London to release his second EP with 5 songs.    

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Former MAINZ students shine at music awards

23 Nov 2014

*Former MAINZ students shine at music awards* The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) congratulates former students who enjoyed a big night at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards this week. Among a host of former MAINZ students receiving top honours was Joel Little, who worked on Lorde’s Pure Heroine album and with Nelson band Broods, who won BreakthroughArtist of the Year. Joel had already won Best Producer and Best Engineer in the technical categories of the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, announced earlier this month.Other winners who have previously studied at MAINZ are: Auckland-based Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers and Aaron Short (The Naked and the Famous – winner of the Steinlager Pure Best Group and the NZ On Air Best Music Video with Campbell Hooper) and Marcus Powell (Blacklistt – winner of Best Rock Album). A number of other former students were also recognised as finalists at this year’s awards, including: Christchurch-based Dave Rowlands and Tristan Colenso (Clap Clap Riot), Matt Gunn, Steve Marr and Indi Force (Doprah), Marika Hodgson (Sorceress), hailing from Whangarei, and Randa, who picked up the Critics’ Choice award. MAINZ Dean Emeritus Harry Lyon says the music school is proud of the calibre of its students and this week’s awards show just...

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