From the CE

Alex Cabrera,
Chief Executive, Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Here at TPP we’ve been working hard for around two years to address our strategic and financial challenges. Most people are aware of the issues we face and the fact that we’ve been focused on making improvements that ensure the future of quality, sustainable tertiary education on the West Coast.


Our efforts to improve and embed stronger quality assurance processes were recognised at the beginning of 2019, with an improvement in our NZQA-issued quality rating. NZQA uses the External Evaluation and Review (EER) process to monitor and report on the quality of education provided at polytechnics around the country. Our quality rating has improved from a Category 4 to a Category 3. This is a positive step forward, however we still have a lot of work to do to meet our requirement of achieving a Category 2 rating by the end of 2019.


The improvements made across the organisation have come as a result of the hard work of our staff and the ongoing input of our community and key regional stakeholders. We are also grateful to Central Government for its ongoing support throughout this period of change.


The Government demonstrated confidence in the Polytechnic by continuing to offer financial support at the beginning of 2018, giving us the certainty we need to continue our work to secure the future of tertiary education in our region.


Then, at the beginning of 2019, the Minister of Education announced a range of proposed changes to the way vocational education and training is delivered in New Zealand. At the time of writing this update, our team is working through the consultation period for these proposals. Our aim is to focus on the potential benefits for the West Coast in the proposed changes and work through the process to get the best outcome for our region. On the face of it, we are positive about the potential to improve outcomes for the Coast – from students, through to employers and the wider industry.


The proposals for the future are timely for TPP: we know we can’t continue to function under the old model and we recognise that change is in our future. In fact, with all the work currently underway, TPP may be better placed than many institutes to continue its momentum toward change and make the most of a new way of working.


Whatever the outcome, we know our future success is dependent on the support and involvement of our community, industry partners and local employers. Thank you to everyone, right across our community, who is supporting us on this journey of improvement and change.


 Alex Cabrera, Chief Executive

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