About the provider

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), based on New Zealand’s spectacular West Coast and with campuses in Wanaka, Christchurch and Auckland, offers students exciting opportunities to get a head start in their career or take the next step on their learning journey.

TPP offers popular study options that meet local employment needs and are tailored to help people get into real jobs in the community or get ahead in their chosen career. With two West Coast campuses, in addition to other New Zealand locations, TPP makes the most of the opportunities on its doorstep.

The institute’s popular Outdoor Education programmes teach technical, leadership and teamwork skills on West Coast rivers and mountains along with a Ski Patrol programme based in Wanaka that makes the most of the South Island’s world-famous ski fields. A base on the West Coast also allows Jade and Hard Stone Carving students to get right to the cultural and historic source of their material. Likewise, Civil Plant students prepare for jobs in the roading, forestry and mining industries on purpose-built work sites in Greymouth and Auckland, while agriculture students have the use of the TPP Reefton farm.

These are just some of TPP’s many popular full-time, part-time or short programmes, which include business, trainee chef, tourism and hospitality, carpentry, automotive and engineering. All programmes are focused on industry expectations and tutors enjoy strong relationships with local businesses so learning is relevant and useful to the market. The institute’s aim is to get students into real jobs in the community and help create better futures for everyone.

West Coast students also have the option of living in TPP’s own student accommodation facilities. A home away from home while you’re studying. Tai Poutini Village offers 58 individual rooms and shared facilities for students. Village staff provide you with a living environment which encourages and supports the educational mission of the Polytechnic, supporting students in their chosen programme of study, and helping them to develop personally, socially and culturally.

Our reputation for the quality of graduates is outstanding.



Christchurch Trades Campus

Christchurch is our South Island home to Scaffolding, Ropes, Height safety, Cranes and Civil training.

Greymouth Campus

The West Coast offers a host of lifestyle and outdoor attractions. The town is right in the heartland of the stunning West Coast landscape and offers opportunities for a wide range of activities including tramping, kayaking, skiing and mountaineering. There are also many sports clubs keen to attract new members, where you will be made very welcome. Greymouth is a great place to be a student!

Auckland Campus

Auckland is home to Scaffolding, Rigging, Industrial Rope Access, Height Safety, Cranes and Civil Construction.

Wanaka Campus

A unique "on snow" classroom in the middle of the Treble Cone Ski Area provides the best possible training environment for those seeking a career in ski patrolling. One of Treble Cone's best features is the southern hemisphere's only high speed, detachable, six-seater chairlift. It has has an extensive modern snowmaking system. This ensures maximum "on-snow" training time. Treble Cone also has large areas of avalanche terrain, making for an ideal learning environment.

Westport Campus

The Westport campus is located in the heart of Westport’s business district. A key focus is on meeting local industry needs through short courses in a wide range of fields, such as hospitality, driver licensing, rural studies, horticulture, health & safety, management, computing and business administration.

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