Music Educators’ Conference

10 Jul 2014

*Music Educators’ Conference* *Music matters* A stellar line-up of guests headline the inaugural Music Educators’ Conference being held by Tai Poutini Polytechnic at its MAINZ campus, Auckland, on 10–11 July 2014 and registrations are open now. Independent recording engineer/producer and music educator Roel Verberk, from the Netherlands, will deliver the keynote address. His artist-centred approach to recording has seen him work with some of the biggest names in music, including Willie Nelson, Caro Emerald, Snoop Dogg, Duffy and Enrique Iglesias. In his teaching role at Fontys University, Verberk shares his skills and experience with a new generation of sound engineers. New Zealand industry heavyweights Scott Maclachlan, Victoria Blood and Tama Waipara will participate in panel discussions. Scott Maclachlan, of Saiko Management, has nurtured the talent of a host of artists throughout his career and is a key member of the team behind the phenomenal success of Lorde. Chairperson of the NZ Music Commission, Victoria Blood, is now giving back to industry and mentoring local talent after many years based in the UK. The versatile and multi-talented Tama Waipara is an inspirational role model for music educators and musicians alike. According to convenor Annabel Schuler,  it is not often such an event is run in New Zealand for tertiary educators;...

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International partnerships to grow in 2015

13 Apr 2014

Building international relationships and encouraging overseas investment in local education are key priorities for Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) in 2015. TPP Director International Strategic Development Sue Allard says international partnerships benefit both the Polytechnic and the local economy by introducing overseas institutions, students and their families to the region, as well as creating connections to overseas businesses and partners. “For some years now we have been reaching out to our international partners and we have already built a number of relationships with institutions across mainland China, Hong Kong, the United States and South America. This year, we’re building on our existing relationships in these countries and pursuing opportunities in other countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Korea. “The Government has made the development of international partnerships one of its priorities for polytechnics and universities in New Zealand. Its Tertiary Education Strategy makes it clear that, as one of the country’s biggest export earners, international education helps improve the learning environment at home as well as opening doors to overseas businesses and opportunities for students.” Tai Poutini Polytechnic has a diversified international strategy which aims to increase international student numbers to meet both Government and Polytechnic needs. Its goals are to: increase revenue streams and create additional profit;...

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A Champion Start

12 Mar 2014

World champions Amy Tipling and Kim Dodd – members of the under-23 R6 women’s team that blitzed the field at the recent World Rafting Championships in Rotorua – learned to love the thrill of whitewater rafting at TPP. They were both working in Canada when the call came to join the team. With six in the raft and one reserve, the hand picked group trained hard in the weeks before the championship. They competed in four events: time trial, head to head, slalom and down river. ‘We had no idea how we would go, but were strong right off the mark, worked well together and gave it our all. We had an ideal combination of powerful paddlers, good technical skills and river knowledge,’ says Amy. They describe taking part in the world championships as thrilling and winning as wonderful. Amy and Kim met as students on the Diploma in Outdoor Instruction and Guiding programme and bonded over their shared passion for rafting and kayaking. Since completing the diploma, they’ve honed their skills as professional rafting guides, working back-to-back seasons in New Zealand and overseas. ‘It can be hard to find work in outdoor education or adventure tourism without some sort of qualification,’ says Kim. ‘The diploma teaches a...

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