Greymouth Bike Park designer and builder Damien Stones, CQM tutor Paul Neilson, Grey District Youth Trust staff and local bike enthusiasts pose for a photo shoot for 'Spoke' magazine.
Local Bike enthusiasts enjoying the flow track - TPP helped with this amazing project!
Teaching Excellence Awards
Council was delighted to present the inaugural TPP Teaching Excellence Awards at its meeting on Wednesday 28th March.
The successful staff members were:
Emerging Tutor Award
Jointly awarded to Matt Scott (MAINZ Christchurch) and Kate Holmes (Greymouth Campus).
2012 Pounamu Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Outdoor Education Team of Joanna Parsons, Keith Riley, Paula Roberts, Phil Johnston and Geoff Button (Greymouth Campus).
Runner Up for this award was Alan Brown (MAINZ Auckland).
Further awards to come include the Support/Admin Staff Excellence Award.
Council and Management Team congratulate the recipients on their achievements.
Paula, Jo and Kate with their Awards
TPP Accommodation Scholarships 2013
Free Hokitika Bus Service is now available!
Radio interview with Digger School Tutor Recce on More FM
New Digger school intakes in Christchurch, Southland, Manawatu and Auckland starting 19 March 2012.
Smallest steam train takes out award
A 91-year-old steam locomotive that is thought to be the country’s smallest has won a prestigious restoration award.
The Steam Locomotive Restoration award was last night presented to the team from Silver Stream Railway that preserved Locomotive 531, at the Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand (FRONZ) conference, held in Rotorua. The award is jointly sponsored by Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Steam School and Greymouth’s Shantytown.
Locomotive 531 is the country’s only operating Barclay locomotive. It began its service with the Public Works Department in 1921 on the Stratford to Okahukura branch line, which is currently threatened with permanent closure.
The steam engine was retired around 1950 and was left to rot before being rescued by well known transport preservationist Sir Len Southward in the 1960s. After being moved to Tokomaru and then Nuhaka, Locomotive 531 was bought by a group of Napier rail enthusiasts in 2001.
The Hawkes Bay Steam Society began restoration and in 2009 the locomotive was leased to the Silver Stream Railway where its overhaul was completed.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Steam School tutor Ian Tibbles says the Barclay locomotive has been lovingly restored and is the only one of its type in New Zealand, and possibly the world.
“The Silver Stream Railway volunteers are deserving winners. They raised the money to restore the locomotive and build a new boiler after several previous attempts at restoration by other groups. They were a dedicated team who begged and borrowed parts from around the country,” he says.
The team of volunteers was lead by Jason Durry who says almost all of the restoration work at Silver Stream Railway was performed in-house.
“The range of skills our team possess is immense including welding, machining, painting and general fabrication. Now that the locomotive is complete it is planned to run it at least once a month,” says Mr Durry.
Despite the fact the steam engine was invented 200 years ago there is still keen interest in the historic mode of transport. Since the Steam School ran its first course in 2009 a steady stream of steam enthusiasts from all over New Zealand have learnt how to drive a steam engine. The next intake for the Steam School is in July 2012.
Tai Poutini 21 Years of Outdoor Education
Former staff and students are gathering to celebrate 21 years of outdoor education at Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth!
Festivities begin on Friday 19th of October with a graduation ceremony for class of 2012 and continue through to Saturday night, climaxing with a West Coast Cocktail Party to remember.
Day time action includes a mass descent of the Arnold River or fly by helicopter to the start of the Croesus mountain biking track!
Friday 19th October
• 4pm Graduation in the Atrium
• Rejuvenation @ the local watering hole (TBA)
Saturday 20th October (Meet at O’REC Shed at 1030h)
• Raft or Kayak the Arnold River (Equipment & Shuttles Available)
• Heli-bike Croesus Track - $132.25 (bike hire extra)
• Visit the ol’ stomping ground or check out local hot spots - Red Roof, Monteiths Brewery & the Razza
• “O Rec” Coast Cocktail Party ($20 per person)
People interested in attending should confirm their attendance by either emailing Karen Grant at email@example.com or going to the Tai Poutini Facebook event page and clicking 'Going'.
The Saturday night celebration costs $20. Payment Options:
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
12 3169 0011366 05
Please use 'reunion' as the reference when making your payment.
Make out to: Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Post to: Karen Grant
Outdoor Education Dept.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Private Bag 607
Top Programme Challenge 2012
The 2012 academic year has kicked off on our Greymouth campus, one of the highlights of Orientation Week is always the Top Programme Challenge - watch to see which programme won bragging rights this year!
Tai Poutini Polytechnic is an active member of the West Coast community.