Stakeholder News | May 2022

19 May 2022

Stakeholder News Stakeholder News | May 2022  Kia ora koutou,   We’re nearly half-way through the year already, with plenty of events and activities to look forward to in the second half of 2022. I encourage you to take a look through the programme of events for the upcoming Techweek – there’s a good range of options and I’m pleased that Tai Poutini Polytechnic is able to support bringing the national event to the West Coast. Here on campus we’re preparing for our mid-year programmes to start and to welcome new students – there’s still time to enrol so if you or someone you know is thinking about upskilling read on for the options starting soon. As one of our community partners, I want to talk to you in more detail soon about the changes that are happening across vocational education and training in New Zealand. The operating model for Te Pūkenga is under development, setting out how the new system will operate and where we all fit in the puzzle. Tai Poutini Polytechnic has taken an active role in developing the new model for learning, always keeping one eye on the need to retain regional leadership and ensure the West Coast voice is heard. There will...

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Driving simulators to robot‐building – Techweek 2022 hits the West Coast

2 May 2022

Driving simulators to robot-building – Techweek 2022 hits the West Coast More than a dozen free, tech-focused events are coming to the West Coast as part of this year’s Techweek 2022 programme. From robot-building and a virtual driving simulator, through to events on digital wellbeing and gaming support for parents, this year’s local event schedule has something for everyone. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is once again supporting the annual nationwide tech event, which showcases and celebrates New Zealand technology. Techweek is a nationwide series of events, providing a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections for a better tomorrow. Tai Poutini Polytechnic supports the national tech event by promoting and coordinating locally focused events here on the West Coast. Events kick-off on Monday 16 May, running through to 22 May. This year’s themes include: skills and knowledge, digital transformation, climate and sustainability, global impact, leaders and innovation, and Māori tech participation. Tai Poutini Polytechnic Techweek Coordinator Paige Smith says there is a fantastic range of local events lined-up this year. “I encourage everyone to take a look at the online events schedule as there’s sure to be something of interest. We’re really excited to host at our Greymouth campus a free driving simulator event to help Year 12 and 13 students to test their road safety and...

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Stakeholder News April 2022

7 Apr 2022

Stakeholder News | April 2022 Kia ora koutou,   A big highlight this month was the opening of the Conservation Training and Employment Hub, a partnership between Tai Poutini Polytechnic and Buller District Council that leverages off our education partners and aims to bring positive benefits for the entire West Coast. This is an exciting development and showcases the opportunities presented to our region under the new Te Pūkenga network approach to vocational education in New Zealand. We’re still working through the details of the Hub, which will reflect the needs of local employers and the region to stimulate employment and growth. I look forward to working with many of you on this great initiative and will keep you posted as the work rolls-out. In other news, it was good to see the start of the annual YES programme, where we’re able to support local high school students to learn business skills from mentors and community members, and we’re looking forward to another packed schedule of local events for the annual Techweek event in May. There’s plenty going on once again and, as always, we value your input and always welcome your feedback and suggestions as we seek to provide quality, innovative and flexible training options that...

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Stakeholder News March 2022

7 Mar 2022

  Stakeholder News | March 2022 Kia ora koutou,   It has been wonderful to welcome our 2022 ākonga to campus – whether they are returning students or just getting started on their tertiary training pathways. Most of our programmes are now up and running, with more opportunities for enrolment later in the year. Although Covid-19 restrictions meant we couldn’t hold our usual orientation and mihi whakatau activities, we are still excited for another year to get underway. On that note, a big thank you to everyone who has adapted with us to the new and changing Covid guidelines and the rules we are following to keep everyone on campus healthy and safe. Like most of you, this has been a big focus for our management and staff this year as we also get on with the business of providing quality, sustainable tertiary vocational training options for the West Coast. We’ll have more news throughout the year about Te Pūkenga progress in introducing the new national training model – until then take care and stay safe. Ngā mihi Alex *Share your ideas for Techweek 2022* We’re once again bringing Techweek to the West Coast and we want to get the local community involved.   Tai Poutini Polytechnic is pleased to be coordinating this year’s...

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Stakeholder News February 2022

2 Feb 2022

  Stakeholder News | February 2022 Kia ora koutou,   A new year has started with yet more Covid-19 changes and requirements, which I’m sure you’re taking time to get used to just as we are here at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Tertiary education providers are required to follow some specific rules at the Red traffic light setting, which have an impact on our community partners – we’ve set those out in this update. At the beginning of the year, we also adopted our own Covid-19 policy which was prepared in consultation with staff and sets out that any visitors to campus must show proof of vaccination or exemption. This policy is in line with tertiary providers around the country and aims to keep all our people safe. There is a lot going on right now and, in the midst of all these changes, we continue to prepare for another big year of education. I look forward to working with many of you throughout the year.   Ngā mihi Alex   *Tai Poutini Polytechnic at Red* Under the Red setting of the Government’s Covid-19 Protection Framework – the “traffic light system” – the following are requirements for tertiary education providers: At Red, staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless exempt) to be onsite...

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