Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) provides quality tertiary education that meets the needs of West Coast students and businesses. Their popular West Coast programmes include tourism and hospitality training across the retail and service sector, outdoor education training, agriculture, extractive/mining, and specialist jade and hard stone carving programmes to name a few.

Established in 1989, the Polytechnic now trains around 6,000 students every year in full or part-time study options. Their aim is to get students into real jobs in the local community, so they work closely with industry partners and local employers to make sure they are delivering the training needed to support the economic development of the West Coast.

Training is provided on the Coast through campuses in Greymouth and Westport, with plenty of on-site training at various locations across the region to ensure Tai Poutini's students are ready for work in the real world.

In addition to their Coast-based programmes, TPP also offers a wide range of national niche programmes at sites from Wanaka to Auckland, including:

  • emergency management and search and rescue training through our Emergency Management Department;
  • industry training including scaffolding, industrial ropes, rigging, and cranes;
  • civil construction industry training;
  • ski patrol training based in Wanaka.

Accommodation available for students 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic has accommodation available for students studying at West Coast Campuses in the 58-room Tai Poutini Village in Greymouth. This facility, with students in six-bedroom units, offers all services and is self-catering. Numbers are limited so early applications are suggested. Accommodation for TPP students in Christchurch is organised in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and Campus Living Villages.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers courses and training in:

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