Sound organisational structure, robust systems and processes, regular monitoring and reporting, transparency and a culture of accountability form the foundations for any successful organisation. 

These areas have occupied a great deal of attention at Tai Poutini Polytechnic since 2016, and remain front of mind, because they lay the groundwork for change across everything we do. 

People are a vital part of the equation - this is another area where capability building is crucial, to ensure that these disciplines become embedded in culture and routines. 


Changes prepare Polytechnic for the
future of West Coast tertiary education

1st August 2018

Work to ensure the future of tertiary education on the West Coast has resulted in structural changes at Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Staff were today informed of the confirmed changes, following a one‐month consultation period during which many ideas and suggestions were considered.

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

- Albert Einstein

  • All of our internal processes, policies and expenditure approvals have undergone an in-depth review and changes made where needed. We have been putting in place initiatives to make sure we are compliant with government regulations, and to improve quality and financial sustainability.


  • A Project Management Office has been established that brings initiatives and ideas together in a structured way, that, again, will create efficiencies and allow us to more easily monitor activity, expenditure and effectiveness.


  • Our staff workshops have brought together some great ideas on ways that we can operate more effectively and efficiently, to make the most of resources, help us lift quality, and keep our focus where it needs to be.


Organisational restructures are never easy, and they are inherently stressful. It can feel like everything has been turned upside down, with new systems, processes and compliance requirements turning up regularly, people moving or leaving, and new ways of working and seeing the world. 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic had no choice but to change. However, now that we are on the journey, the focus is on embracing it, and moving forward. 

“While decisions and issues of the past took the organisation to a difficult place, the solution lies in the future,” says Chief Executive Alex Cabrera. “We have to look at old challenges through new eyes, find new ways to address lingering problems, and work more closely together to find solutions to some of the really tough ones.”

Understanding the stress that change can bring, Alex works on a ‘no surprises’ basis with staff. “It’s not always possible to get in first, but we work as hard as we can to ensure that our people hear about any changes that might impact them, directly from us.”


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