News & Our Views

News items about the Polytechnic, our students and our staff, plus blog posts from our teaching and learning team, Te Poutama.
Teen builders nail it Students on the 2015 Trades Academy Construction programme have recently completed a very special project, turning theory into practice. Debbie Simmonds, Tauranga Motorcycle Club.
Public consultation for possible merger Today the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, has started public consultation on the proposed merger of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (BoPP) and Waiariki Institute of Technology (Waiariki). Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Council Chair, Ian Turner.
Exhibition focuses on Pacific identity The focus of the new exhibition Make Me, at the Tauranga Art Gallery's Cube space from August 8 until October 31 is to highlight issues around Pacific identity and how that fits within Tauranga's environment and culture. Artist, Darcell Apelu.
Students assist elderly in plan for park gym A major study into the health benefits of an outdoor gym for the elderly planned for Kulim Park is to be carried out by Bay of Plenty Polytechnic sport and recreation students. Group Leader Sport & Recreation, Peter Sommers.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Bay of Plenty Polytechnic celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo, or Māori Language Week Te Wiki o Te Reo display at the Ako Atea, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Virtual Reality in Education The Increasingly Blurred Lines of Reality - a blog post from Te Poutama Woman using Google Cardboard
Silver winners at Toque d’Or! Hospitality students Janice Ward, Sasha Turfrey and Kristina McLaren have won silver medals at the prestigious 2015 Nestle Toque d'Or competition. Hospitality student Janice Ward.
It's a Classroom Jim, but Not as we Know it The words 'distance learning' can strike fear into even the bravest amongst us but in fact these days, distance or online learning is anything but scary. Student using a laptop during an online course
Beloved kuia, Te Iria Marama Whiu Highly respected and passionate Tauranga educator Te Iria Marama Whiu worked tirelessly over many decades for her people and her community. Te Iria Marama Whiu. Credit: BOP Times.
Exhibition on Pacific identity within Tauranga Artist Darcell Apelu's work explores perceptions of the Pacific body through identification, specifically that of "being other" within the social climate of New Zealand and the Pacific. ANCHORED: In her performance on opening night, Darcell wears and swings a skirt with sinkers attached.

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