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Tai Poutini Polytechnic


Tai Poutini Polytechnic is based on the West Coast of the South Island with campuses in Reefton, Hokitika, Westport, Auckland, Christchurch and Wanaka. The West Coast is an outdoor mecca with the Buller River, Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the Southern Alps, Temple Basin Ski Field, climbing at Charleston, lots of lakes and the hottest kayaking in the country. It's your backyard.

The Polytechnic has a great reputation for Audio Engineering, Contemporary Music Performance, Live Sound and Event Production, Jade and Hard Stone Carving, Outdoor Recreation and Ski Patrol. The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand, a subsidiary of Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers specialist courses in music, audio and sound from two central campuses. The first with its purpose built studios in Victoria Street, Central Auckland and the second in musically centered High Street, Christchurch.

The Tai Poutini Mountain Education Centre of New Zealand operates from Wanaka with a specialist course in Ski Patrol based on the Treble Cone Ski Area, where we have a ski-to day lodge - a unique facility to cater for our trainee ski patrollers and leadership and guiding students.

The Polytechnic has modern, purpose-built facilities and highly skilled academic and support staff. All campuses have library, student support and literacy support. Education is the foundation for any career and Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) offers a wide variety of high quality, industry approved training programmes throughout New Zealand. Courses have been designed with industry in mind so students learn hands on skills to help them in their chosen career. Teaching staff have a passion for education and students enjoy low student to tutor ratios. Tutors are experts in their fields and they are ideally placed to help graduates secure work placements.

Accommodation for students: In Greymouth Tai Poutini Polytechnic has a range of accommodation sites within close walking distance of the main campus and situated only 600 meters from the downtown shopping centre. Private board and rental accommodation is also available close to the campus.

In Auckland and Christchurch there is numerous accommodation options available and help can be provided is needed. In Wanaka students normally share rental accommodation, which is readily available.

Greymouth Campus building






Auckland MAINZ campus








Programmes Available at Tai Poutini Polytechnic

See our Outdoor Education programmes

Tai Poutini offers a range of mainstream and specialist courses which focus on preparing you today for tomorrow's careers. The Polytechnic has a national reputation for quality, innovative, niche courses, and small class sizes. Following the introduction of the Bachelor of Music Arts in 2014 and the Graduate Diploma in Business and Enterprise in 2015 and Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Production 2016.

Studying at TPP is fun. Our head office and main campus is in Greymouth, the largest town on the South Island’s stunning West Coast. Along with its rich environmental heritage and breath-taking scenery, the coast is renowned for its friendly people and relaxed lifestyle. Whether you choose to study in Greymouth or at one of our other campuses, you’ll soon feel at home at TPP.

It pays to study at TPP.

We value education and offer you great value in return. If you study at TPP for two years, you’ll pay NZ,500 (2015) for your first and NZ,000 (2015) for your second year with us. As an added bonus, TPP also pays medical and travel insurance for international students.

West Coast Campus

Jade and Hard Stone Carving - Certificate and Diploma
National Certificate in Business Administration
Diploma in Information & Communications Technology Level 5 & 6
Certificate in Hair, Beauty and Grooming
NZ National Nanny Certificate Level 5
Advanced Certificate in Leadership and Guiding
Certificate in Outdoor Recreation
Ecotourism - Certificate and Diploma
Certificate in Professional Culinary Arts
National Certificate in Hospitality
National Certificate in Tourism and Travel
Certificate in Automotive Trades
Certificate in Carpentry (Pre-Trade)
Certificate in Civil Plant Operations

Wanaka (Mountain Education Centre of New Zealand)
Certificate in Ski Patrol

Auckland Campus (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand)
Certificate in Foundation Sound and Music
Audio Engineering and Music Production - Certificate and Diploma
Contemporary Music Performance - Certificate and Diploma
Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production
Diploma in Music Event Management

Christchurch Campus (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand)
Audio Engineering and Music Production - Certificate and Diploma
Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production