Otago Polytechnic

Welcome to the latest edition of Ngā Taipitopito, a fortnightly update of news and useful information as work progresses with Te Pūkenga.

Ngā Taipitopito can be translated to mean ‘The detail’ or ‘The latest’ which is what you’ll find in these updates!


In this issue:

  • A note from Stephen Town
  • Transformation Programme updates
  • Current Activities 
  • Useful Documents
  • Key Dates


A note from Stephen Town

Kia ora koutou 
I’d like to start out this newsletter by thanking everyone who has contributed to Our Journey online engagement so far. The space is open for a few more days, closing on Monday 26 April. We’ve included information on the next steps as part of the Transformation Programme Updates. 
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have also begun consulting on a proposal to simplify vocational qualifications. This work supports the outcomes the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) Programme aims to achieve. 
I’m conscious we share many consultation processes with you – across both our own work but also in promoting the work of other education sector agencies. As education professionals working with learners and in the system, you have valuable insight into how the system works, the barriers learners face, and the impact changes may have. I encourage you to contribute where you have capacity to and use your experience to help lift the system. 
You also may have noticed a lot more people have been seconded or brought in to join Te Pūkenga workstreams recently. Our workloads are increasing, as are student numbers across a wide range of qualifications. This is evidence that the current phase of mahi is accelerating. 
At this time, I ask our people across the network to support each other and keep an eye on each other’s workloads. A fortnight ago, I spoke about our collective strength. Our mahi is important – but our people more so. 

Ngā mihi 

Stephen Town – Te Pūkenga Chief Executive 


Kia ora koutou

Hei kupu tautahi māku, ka tukua he mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, mō kōutou i whai koha mai ki te kaupapa whakaanga tuihono mō Tā Mātou Haerenga. Ka tuwhera tonu te wāhi mō ētahi rā ruarua nei, ā ka kati ā te Mane 26 o Paenga whāwhā. Kua whakauru pārongo mātou mō ngā mahi ā muri atu hei wāhanga hoki o ngā Kōrero Hou mō te Kaupapa Whakaumutanga i raro nei.

Kua tīmata hoki Te Māna Tohu Mātauranga (NZQA) ki te kimi whakaaro mō tētahi kaupapa hei whakangāwari i ngā tohu mātauranga ahumahinga. Ka tautoko tēnei mahi i ngā otinga a te Whakahouanga o te Mātauranga Ahumahinga (RoVE).

E mōhio ana au he maha ā mātou tukanga kimi whakaaro mai i a koutou – puta noa i ā mātou ake mahi, me te whakatairanga i te mahi a ētahi atu umanga rāngai mātauranga. Ko koutou anō te hunga ngaio e mahi ana i te taha o ngā ākonga, nā reira he mōhio tonu koutou ki ngā whakahaerenga a te pūnaha nei, ki ngā taupā hoki mō ngā ākonga me te pānga o ngā panoni ki a rātou. Ko tāku ki a koutou, kia aro mai koutou, kia whai koha mai hoki ki ngā wāhi e tika ana mōu, ā, mā tō mōhiotanga me ō pūkenga e āwhina i a mātou ki te hāpai ake te pūnaha.

Tērā tonu pea kua kite koe i te tokomaha o ngā tāngata kua uru mai ki Te Pūkenga, kua hono mai rānei ki ngā aramahi. Kei te nui haere ngā mahi mā mātou, pērā hoki i te tokomaha o ngā ākonga puta noa i te whānuitanga o ngā tohu mātauranga. Hei tohu mai tēnei āhuatanga kua tere ake te haere o ngā mahi.

Ko taku inoi i tēnei wā, kia kaha tonu koutou ki te tautoko, te manaaki tētahi i tētahi. Rua wiki ki muri i kōrero au mō tō mātou kaha takitini. Tūturu, he mahi nui tēnei kaupapa o tātou, pērā tahi ki ō tātou tāngata.

Ngā mihi
Stephen Town
Kaiwhakahaere Mātāmua



Transformation Programme updates

Latest news and updated from our Transformation Programme is shared on our website. Recent highlights include:

Operating Model:

Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback on the seven concepts in the Our Journey space. The space will remain open until Monday 26 April. We have also been running a series of workshops and interviews to ensure we include insights from TITOs and subsidiary staff, learners, employers and a range of others with experience and interest in the sector.

Last week we shared the second in our video series to unpack the operating model – answering the question ‘What principles are guiding to process to develop our Operating Model?’.

From next week the team will continue to analyse the feedback which has been provided on the service concepts. They will then move to work alongside the co-design team and develop an operating model conceptual design. This conceptual design will be shared in a roadshow across the country during June – more detail on this will be shared soon.

You can view the project timeline here

Ākonga at the Centre findings out soon:

We are starting to share the first stage of findings from the Ākonga at the Centre Research Project undertaken in 2020. This research project heard from learners, and the staff that support them, through over 75 engagements across the country. They told us what the enablers and barriers are to their success.
The findings will keep our learners and their whānau at the heart of what we do across Te Pūkenga and vocational learning.
We will be sharing the findings in three phases over the next few months. The first phase will be a report on Learner Insights and Opportunities. This focuses on the voices of all learners and particularly draws out Māori learner voices. This reflects our unwavering focus on Te Tiriti and equity.

Establishing a learner advisory committee for Te Pūkenga:

A working group of learners and staff met last week in Wellington for the first of a series of wānanga to consider options for establishing the first Te Pūkenga learner advisory committee. We’ll be engaging more broadly on this soon with the view to ensuring the committee is up and running later this year. At the end of our hui our working group members shared words that summed up the day. These included ‘hopeful’, ‘inspired’, ‘tough’, ‘sceptical but optimistic’, ‘choice’, ‘whanaungatanga’, and ‘empowered’.


Current Activities

NZQA Consultation:

NZQA’s has began consultation on simplifying vocational qualification design for all New Zealand certificates and diplomas on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The consultation period will run for eight weeks, closing on 16 June 2021, and all feedback is welcome. You can access the consultation on their website here

Brand Update:

The marketing leads across subsidiaries and TITOs will be meeting online next Wednesday, 28 April. These regular sessions are an important opportunity to build connections and share best practice and innovation from across the network. The teams will be discussing an update from the new digital marketing working group, metrics from Te Pūkenga website’s first year, and an innovation focused discussion from Ara. We will also be welcoming updates from subsidiaries and TITO marketing teams on how we can support their work and share relevant information across the network.


Useful Documents

The Tertiary Education Commission has released a couple of short video updates to explain the wider Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) programme elements and process in the last 12 months. You can watch these useful clips here on their website


Key Dates

Here are some key dates relating to Te Pukenga, which may be useful to add to your calendar:

    • Thu 6 May - Next edition of Ngā Taipitopito distributed
    • Fri 7 May - Our next newsletter will be distributed (sign up here)
    • Tue 8 June - Operating Model Engagement Roadshow begins

Published on 22 Apr 2021

Orderdate: 22 Apr 2021
Expiry: 22 Apr 2023