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News items about the Polytechnic, our students and our staff, plus blog posts from our teaching and learning team, Te Poutama, and our Marketing & Communications team.

Environmental grad's research shows win against pests Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Environmental Management graduate Chantal Lillas has produced research that shows a stunning win in New Zealand’s fight to rid itself of pest predators by 2050. Environmental management graduate, Chantal Lilley
WBoPP welcomes new CE The Bay of Plenty’s largest tertiary provider, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, today announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Associate Professor Dr Leon de Wet Fourie. WBoPP Chief Executive, Dr Leon Fourie
WBoPP grad shines at Surf Lifesaving Worlds Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic graduate and surf-life saving champion Natalie Peat is impressing at the Lifesaving World Championships in the Netherlands. Natalie Peat
Serving up the next generation of chefs When it comes to food, celebrity chef Peter Blakeway says it’s all about standard. The celebrated cook knows what he’s talking about – he’s worked with some of the best chefs in the world, run his own acclaimed restaurant in Scotland and been the host chef of TV food shows. Chef-tutor, Peter Blakeway
Challenge for charity Two Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic staff are about to put themselves through a gruelling swimming and running challenge all in the name of charity. Deirdre Burrows
Culinary graduate cooks for the homeless Former WBoPP culinary student, Luana Noble put her skills to good use recently when she cooked for 80 people to raise funds for Tauranga’s homeless. Cookery graduate, Luana Noble
Polytechnic apprentice numbers up 30% The building boom isn’t slowing down just yet – not judging by the number of apprentices enrolling at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Tauranga campus. Brian Dillon
Fashion: Tyres turned into fashion creations Bay of Plenty Polytechnic fashion design student Olive Holland is passionate about sustainable fashion and has created a collection made entirely of recycled tyres and inner tubes. 12 pocket jumpsuit by Olive Holland. Credit:Olive Holland
Music students set to rock local high schools Five high schools from around the Bay are set to have their lunch-break rocked when students from Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s music programme visit at the end of August. Rachel Tunnell
Showcasing innovation in the Bay More than 60 researchers, academics and members of the public enjoyed the recent Curiosity Research Symposium, held at the Windermere campus on Friday.

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