WHO: Tairawhiti Polytechnic
WHAT: The major government funded Tertiary Education Institute that services Gisborne, Wairoa and the East Coast.
WHERE:The main campus is in central Gisborne with the rural campus on the city outskirts and programmes delivered in Napier, Tokomaru Bay and Ruatorea.
STAFF:Approximately 120 full time staff.
STUDENTS:Each year approximately 2500 students from throughout New Zealand and offshore pass through the polytechnic.
COURSES:Each year Tairawhiti Polytechnic offers about 70 programmes – part-time, full-time, night classes, weekend classes and flexible online learning.
FAMOUS FOR:Toihoukura, its Maori Visual Arts and Design department which is recognised throughout the world. Tairawhiti Polytechnic is also famous for their Certificate in Viticulture and Wine Making which is said to be the only one in New Zealand where students actually complete a vintage in a very practically-based course.
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE ONE: The polytechnic offers a huge range of jobs - from administrative roles to tutoring, programme coordination and development. Growth areas are foundation skills, elearning and literacy. Due to the high percentage of Maori enrolled at the Polytechnic, Maori language skills and knowledge of tikanga (custom) are important. This is a challenging environment that embraces change.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO: The polytechnic offers brilliant professional development incentives for all the staff and it can be a very satisfying place to work when you see the differences made in so many people’s lives - the flat organisational structure of the company offers all staff the opportunity to make a difference. The future of Tairawhiti Polytechnic is to continue to focus on meeting the needs of the community - adapting to the changing learning needs of the Tairawhiti.