Extreme weather closes Auckland and Waikato campuses

13 Apr 2017

*Extreme weather closes Auckland and Waikato campuses* 13 April 2017 TPP campuses in Auckland and Waikato will close today following advice from authorities in response to the extreme weather in the region. All MAINZ staff and students are advised to stay away from the Auckland CBD campus today, while TPP’s Auckland-based trades campus on Ascot Road will be closed from 10.30am. The Waikato Digger School in Cambridge will also close today. Auckland Civil Defence has called for non-essential travel to be cancelled in the region and is advising workers not to enter the CBD. The campuses have been closed for health and safety reasons. Arrangements are being made for supervision of any students who do turn up to campus until they can make other plans. *We will keep staff and students informed as the situation unfolds today, please keep an eye on the website and social media channels.* *TPP campuses closed today:* MAINZ Auckland 150 Victoria Street West AUCKLAND 1010 NEW ZEALAND TPP Auckland Trades Campus 92 Ascot Road Airport Oaks AUCKLAND 2022 NEW ZEALAND Waikato Digger School Swaps Quarry Taotaora Road Cambridge *Please direct urgent enquiries to:* Facilities Manager – Doug Griffin 027 256 9017 dougg@tpp.ac.nz Communications and Marketing Manager – Mequa Hourston 027 237 5844 mequah@tpp.ac.nz

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Develop staff interpersonal skills

30 Mar 2017

Develop staff interpersonal skills Most job advertisements these days require applicants to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. These are crucial to organisation success, especially in customer service roles, but difficult to measure and very hard to ‘teach’. So what are some of the keys to effective interpersonal communication? Develop staff interpersonal skills 1. Develop an understanding of self. Fostering self-awareness and self-esteem can enhance an individual’s communication competence. 2. Develop an understanding of others. Understanding individual differences in culture, experience, personality, values and so on, can help create empathy and bridge the gap between individuals. The Johari window is one tool that you can use to gain an understanding of the effects of feedback and disclosure in increasing self-awareness and understanding relationships with others. Want to know more about developing interpersonal skills in yourself and your team? Come along to TPP’s Business Communications course starting 24th February 2017.

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The 7 Ps of Marketing

23 Mar 2017

The 7 Ps of Marketing The ‘7 Ps’ provide a useful framework to think about marketing strategies. The 7 Ps of Marketing Here are two to get you started: *Product (and services)* Customers look for products or services to meet their needs and hopefully provide answers to their problems. The challenge for the business is to continuously improve and update products and services through innovation. The ability to be able to offer ‘something new’ or ‘something different’ is important. The Coca-Cola bottle stood out from the crowd by its shape and the fact that it was easier to hold. Businesses need to be able to describe their product or service clearly and concisely to be well understood by customers: “robot vacuum cleaner”, “accounting services for small businesses” and “Wild foods” are examples. *People* For any business and particularly service businesses, customer perceptions are very much influenced by the people providing the service. Staff need good knowledge of the product(s) or service(s) being offered or undertaken. Professional attitude and interpersonal communication skills are vital. Many organisations use ‘corporate dress’ or branded uniform clothing to help build the business image. The challenge to meet and beat the competition is ever greater. Attention to these two Ps is a good starting point when thinking about marketing...

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Make the right decisions – Pareto can help!

16 Mar 2017

Make the right decisions – Pareto can help! When you’re about to make a big decision or change in your business, it’s worthwhile giving it some extra thought. A Pareto Analysis is essentially a tool that you can use to analyse which potential changes to your business will result in the greatest benefits. Vilfredo Pareto was an Italian economist who noted that approximately 80% of a society’s wealth was owned by only 20% of the population. Otherwise known as the 80:20 rule, the Pareto Effect also notes that 20% of the work typically generates 80% of the benefit. How can you make it work for you? Step 1: Create a list of the changes you could make to the way you do your work. Step 2: Score the changes. The scoring method you use will depend on the sort of problem you are facing. If, for example, you are trying to improve profitability, you would score options on the basis of how much profit each option would generate. If you were trying to improve customer satisfaction, you might score on the number of complaints eliminated by each change. The first change to tackle is the one with the highest score, as it will give you the biggest benefit if...

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The right employment agreement for the job

9 Mar 2017

The right employment agreement for the job Deciding to hire staff on a casual, fixed term or permanent basis will depend on the nature of your business. Knowing the difference and understanding the legal requirements will help you make the right decision. This is often confusing, especially if you want staffing flexibility. A causal employee is one who “has no guaranteed hours of work, no regular pattern of work, and no ongoing expectation of employment.” (MBIE, 2017). If your ‘casual’ employee is working regular shifts then they probably aren’t casual and you might want to consider a part time, fixed term or permanent agreement. Note that you can only use fixed term employment agreements when there is a “genuine reason based on reasonable grounds” (MBIE, 2017) so you need to be able to justify this and include it in writing in the employment agreement. If you want to know more about employment agreements come along to TPP’s Employment Relations class with tutor, Kate Campbell, starting 20 February 2017.

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Student music played around the world

8 Mar 2017

*Student music played around the world* Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s MAINZ students are taking part in a new project that will see their music played in stores and showrooms around the world. FUSION Electronics has partnered with MAINZ to create the FUSION Soundrise Project. The initiative will see MAINZ students create and submit orginal music prepared to fit corporate briefs across five genres provided by FUSION. The tracks will be played on MAINZ radio station, Radio Teapot and a panel of judges will select a finalist for each genre, as well as an overall winner. The five finalist tracks will be mastered and loaded onto FUSION’s Stereo Active – a portable, purpose-built marine stereo – and distributed to FUSION’s salespeople and retailers worldwide, to be played in stores and at tradeshows. Students will receive real-world feedback from the marketplace and global exposure along the way. The project will select a “track of the year” based on this market feedback, which will see the winning student receive an award and cash prize.    “Our best guess is that these students’ music will be heard in at least 42 countries,” says Marcus Hamilton, Marketing Manager for FUSION Electronics. “The initial idea was just to run a competition, but when we teamed-up...

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Music industry links boost job prospects

8 Mar 2017

Music industry links boost job prospects Graduates of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s MAINZ Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production are enjoying strong career prospects as the industry looks to the music institute for new talent. Programme Manager John Bassett says MAINZ enjoys strong links with industry, which results in good outcomes for students. “Of the 11 students enrolled in their final year of the Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production, the majority moved straight in to jobs or on to further study. Students have picked up great jobs across the spectrum, including Radio NZ, the renowned Roundhead Studio, music therapy, television audio content production, Maori TV and in overseas positions. “We work in a reasonably small industry in New Zealand. Increasingly, if you want to become involved in audio engineering and production, it makes sense to study with MAINZ. Our connections to industry give our students a head-start when the jobs come up. We are also approached directly by NZ businesses when they are looking to hire new talent. Dr Bassett says demand for places in the programme remains strong, with some great new talent moving through the institute in 2017. The Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production was introduced at MAINZ Auckland in 2016 and is now also available through...

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Long weekend holidays at home

1 Mar 2017

Long weekend holidays at home D Ritchie *Dave Ritchie* Director – Experiential Learning, Tai Poutini Polytechnic With Easter just around the corner, you might be thinking of packing up and heading out of town for the break. But before you start booking accommodation and preparing to battle the holiday traffic, take a look at the following ideas for planning your own “holiday at home”. The West Coast has plenty to offer, from hidden gems to world-class outdoor attractions, so head out and get amongst it. Remember: don’t leave town ‘til you’ve seen the country. Visit the Oparara Arches[http://www.westcoast.co.nz/plan-your-trip/oparara-arches/] You might have taken a field trip here in high school, otherwise many Coasters have never taken the time to visit this world-class attraction. Limestone arches and caves to explore in the majestic Kahurangi National Park at Karamea. Walk Morgan Gorge[http://rivers.org.nz/nz/west-coast/waitaha/morgan-gorge] Popular with kayakers, you can also walk along the wild Waitaha River to Morgan Gorge – see if you can find the “hole in the bottom of the world”. Venture right around Lake Kaniere[http://www.hokitika.org/places/61/Lake-Kaniere] With a walking trail on the western edge of the lake, a road along the east, and plenty of baches and huts to camp in, you can walk, ride and kayak your way right...

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Want to make the most of your staff

23 Feb 2017

Want to make the most of your staff Are your staff capable but lacking motivation? There are ways you can find out what motivates them and how you can use this to drive performance in your organisation. There are lots of different theories about motivation in the workplace but one common one is Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which outlines five key motivating factors:   Physiological needs such as basic pay, work environment and tea and coffee Safety needs including safety from physical and emotional harm Belongingness needs such as working in a team with good colleagues Esteem needs which include consideration and respect from others plus a sense of self worth Self-actualisation needs such as challenging projects and opportunities for growth and career development. If you understand what your employees need, then you can focus on providing these and improve motivation in your workplace. Want to make the most of your staff For more information about motivation, come along to TPP’s Organisations and Management course with tutor, Kate Campbell, starting 24 July 2017.

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Know who you’re hiring

16 Feb 2017

Know who you’re hiring Choosing who to hire is a big decision for your business as your staff make a real difference to your bottom line. A simple personality test can give you insight into your future employees and help you make the right decision. Know who youre hiring3 Personality tests give a measure of the key traits of someone’s personality. They usually measure things such as openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and emotional stability. These are sometimes helpful in choosing employees, if the traits are relevant to effective job performance. When you’re looking to use a personality test, it pays to bring in the professionals: tests available on the internet have little evidence to support their effectiveness and are unlikely to help. For real results you should consider using a consulting company that employs registered psychologists to develop, administer and interpret these tests. This means you’ll get useful information to help you make the right decision. For more information about selection methods, come along to TPP’s Human Resources Management course with tutor, Kate Campbell, starting July 2017.

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