Dear all,

I wanted to update you on recent activity at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, as the last time I was in touch was during our late March community sessions. Since then, our work on future options for the delivery of tertiary education on the West Coast has been progressing well.

As I indicated the last time we met, it’s important to both myself and the Polytechnic to involve the local community in discussions about the future of tertiary education and vocational training on the West Coast. The Government has made a commitment to the ongoing provision of quality, sustainable tertiary education in the region; it’s now up to us, working with the Government and local community, to consider how that might work. As always, your feedback throughout this process is valuable and I welcome any comments or ideas. We’ll be scheduling more community forums in future and will let you know as we have more information.

Recently, we had good news with the Crown’s decision to provide short-term funding support. The $3.6 million capital injection will ensure the continued delivery of quality tertiary education on the West Coast while future planning is underway. While our planning for the future is keeping everyone busy, our main focus remains on delivering quality training programmes to our students to ensure we are turning our skilled graduates who meet the needs of the local business industry.

It remains too early to talk about specific options for the future delivery of tertiary education on the West Coast as work is still progressing. However, we recently held a planning session with the Polytechnic Council which helped feed-in to the work underway. A recent staff feedback session was also valuable as we are eager to hear from everyone involved in the process. We are open to all ideas and we are currently preparing a plan for a possible way forward for the consideration of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith. With the elections coming up in September, we expect to have a proposal prepared well before then for review.

We’ll be seeking your feedback and input on our future planning work as we have more to share. As always, we value your involvement in the process and I look forward to talking to you soon.

Alex Cabrera
Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Chief Executive