TPP and Buller REAP work together to meet community needs

24 Sep 2019

TPP and Buller REAP work together to meet community needs   Locals keen to learn the basics of car maintenance and repairs have filled up the final places on the new Automotive Appreciation short course being held in Westport next week.  The special programme is being offered through a partnership between Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) and Buller REAP. It offers students the chance to learn practical, useful skills in basic car maintenance and minor repairs. The day‐long course will teach people how to carry out a basic vehicle safety test, change a tyre and inspect it for compliance with Land Transport Rules, correctly fit snow chains, inspect and test battery life and jump start a car. TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the short course is designed for anyone who wants to learn some of the basic skills of keeping a car maintained and how to keep it safe on the road. “There has been strong interest in the short course from a wide range of people. We’re looking forward to working with the students and helping them get more familiar with how their car works.” “The Automotive Appreciation short course is a great example of offering training programmes that meet the needs of the local community.”  “TPP has partnered with...

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Inspiring Communities Workshop

10 Jul 2019

Inspiring Communities Workshop Explore how to run meetings and workshops that are fun and informative, working with ways that really involve community members, by taking part in a Facilitating Community‐led Change workshop in Greymouth this month. Aimed at anyone who is active in the community – charity groups, locally elected representatives, district councils and more – the workshop will help you learn how to bring people together and get great results from community events. The Monday 22 July workshop is a partnership between Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), Grey District Council, Core, Community Trust South and Inspiring Communities. TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says there has been strong interest in the event, but there’s still time for people to sign‐up. “TPP is here to support the local community and help make events like this happen. It’s a great opportunity for people working in and with community to learn skills and techniques to help create some great outcomes for the region.” This workshop will help participants to: create cohesive groups; polish their role as a facilitator; explore approaches that build common agendas; learn participation techniques; deal with difficult behaviour and conflict. Inspiring Communities’ Cissy Rock says the workshop covers the basic principles of community‐led change and helps people learn facilitation skills...

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West Coast likely to benefit from sector review

26 Jun 2019

West Coast likely to benefit from sector review 24 June 2019 Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is expecting the West Coast to benefit from proposed changes to the tertiary education sector when final decisions are announced by the Minister of Education. TPP has been supportive of the proposals since they were released for consultation earlier this year. Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says the proposals offer some exciting opportunities for the West Coast, which faces challenges to the delivery of tertiary education largely due to geographical and population matters. “We’ve known for some time that TPP needs to change in order to ensure the continued delivery of quality, sustainable tertiary education on the West Coast. Our own submission to the proposals focused on emphasising the potential benefits for the West Coast and included our desire to become one of the “early adopters” of change. “While there has been some talk in the media over the weekend about what the final decision might include, I am conscious that the Minister has not yet made an announcement and the detail of his decision is not yet fully understood. However I have been encouraged by the minister’s comments about improving access to quality education in regional New Zealand. “TPP is committed to making the most of what is ahead – both for our organisation...

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