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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Outdoor Education & Wharton School

9 Jul 2014

*Outdoor Education & Wharton School* International experts in leadership and innovation training recently took part in a customised outdoor education programme at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Dave Ritchie, head of department Outdoor Education, devised a trip designed to showcase different activities. ‘With the sea, mountains and rivers within easy reach of the West Coast, I came up with a journey that’s unique to New Zealand, challenging and inspiring, and demands physical competence in several different disciplines.’ Guests included Preston Cline, associate director of Leadership Ventures at Wharton business school in America, and Rodrigo Jordan, founding director of Instituto Vertical, an adventure education and expeditions company based in Chile. As part of its MBA programme, Wharton offers students the opportunity to participate in handson leadership and team building experiences in various locations around the world. Instituto Vertical delivers such programmes in Chile and, as a result of its connection with Instituto Vertical, TPP has been invited to create a New Zealand experience. TPP has an excellent reputation for its outdoor education programmes and Ritchie is passionate about the value of leadership training delivered outdoors. ‘There are some things you just can’t learn in the classroom. Taking students outdoors takes them out of their comfort zone, creating high levels of uncertainty and...

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21 May 2014

A South Westland rescue crew has won a top award in the annual New Zealand Search and Rescue Council award ceremony at Parliament. The gold award for 2013 went to four members of South Westland Alpine Cliff Rescue (including TPP's Jonathan Hattrell) for saving a woman in March last year who slipped, fell and broke her arm and ankle, while attempting to climb Glacier Peak. To read more on this incredible story click here.

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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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Life Hack West Coast

29 Mar 2014

Life Hack 2014 On the last weekend of March this year an event took place called ‘Life Hack’ which was held at TPP’s Campbell Building.  Life Hack is all about empowering youth and the wider community by helping them to produce tangible solutions to problems/gaps in the local community.  This year the West Coast was chosen as a region for Life Hack and some amazing projects sprung to life from the weekend including a plan to create a youth radio and recording studio based in Greymouth.  TPP is proud to sponsor such uplifting events that better our communities. Korero mai Life Hack2 Music worksheet Planning 1

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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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Collaborative venture a huge success

25 Feb 2014

Collaborative venture a huge success  With huge growth in the coal and minerals industry on the West Coast, SGS New Zealand Limited, the  world’s  largest  inspection and  verification  company,  saw  a gap  in  the  market  for  high level training for their employees.    SGS approached Tai Poutini Polytechnic to offer specific training, with a chemistry focus, giving their employees the chance to up skill and gain a more in depth theoretical understanding of the industry. In turn, Tai Poutini Polytechnic developed the National Certificate in Science (Level 4) programme to meet the growing needs of SGS. TPP also joined forces with Buller High School’s science department to  deliver  the  programme  through  block  courses,  evening  classes  and  on‐job  tasks.  Buller  High School provided the teaching expertise and access to their lab and equipment for the collaborative venture. ‘It’s great to see this three‐way collaboration between industry and education providers,’ says Marja Kneepkens, the TPP West Coast Co‐ordinator. ‘The partnership has been a huge success’. The National Certificate in Science (Level 4) programme,  developed by TPP, included a good mix of theory and practical components focused around working in an industrial laboratory with equipment and tasks specific to the coal and mineral industry. Students gained a sound theoretical knowledge to underpin their...

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TPP Enrolments Up

20 Feb 2014

TPP Enrolments Up   It’s all go at Tai Poutini Polytechnic  with the new intake of 2014 students  starting last week. Over 150  students descended  on Greymouth  campus  for  a  Powhiri  and  BBQ  lunch  in  the  Atrium  on Monday  10  February.  Further orientation  events  and  activities  will continue  to  familiarise  new students with the strong TPP community.   The  atmosphere   around  campus  is  positive  as  West  Coast enrolment   numbers  are up  when compared to this time last year – with noticeable increases in several programmes.  The Certificate in Automotive Trades has had their highest number of enrolments in seven years. The programme  involves a  good  mix  of theory  and  practical  and  in  turn  prepares  students  for  an apprenticeship   in the  automotive  industry. Head  of  Department,  Warren Smith,  says  “It’s  a reflection  on the great job our tutors are doing, and the support we receive from the automotive industry who take our students on at the conclusion of the programme”. TPP’s  ever  popular  Outdoor  Education  programmes  have  also  drawn  in their  highest  number  of enrolments in five years. The West Coast offers the perfect setting for these students and this year they have hit the ground running, literally, running the Point Elizabeth walkway, testing their fitness levels. The  Outdoor...

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