Tai Poutini Polytechnic Capital Injection and Debt Write Off cabinet paper

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is operating under a Crown Manager following long-term governance and management problems. The Crown Manager presented a business case to the Minister of Education on options for the delivery of high quality education on the West Coast in late 2017.

Financial pressure is not unique to TPP and so the Government is working on a programme of change for the institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP) subsector and for vocational education more generally. The Minister has deferred a decision on the business case until the wider ITP sustainability work is more advanced, to ensure any changes at TPP are aligned with the wider direction for ITPs.

The Government has agreed to provide $8.5 million to Tai Poutini Polytechnic so it can continue to operate, and make operational and educational improvements until the ITP programme of change is more advanced.

To ensure information which is of public interest is made available, the document considered by Cabinet to take this decision has been proactively released below:

To support the release of Cabinet material the Ministry of Education has also proactively released the supporting advice provided to the Minister that helped inform the decisions around Tai Poutini Polytechnic. These are listed below:

DateDocument type and title
9 February 2018 Education Report: Draft Cabinet Paper on Tai Poutini Polytechnic Capital Injection and Debt Write-off [PDF, 1.2 MB]
14 February 2018 Education report: Cabinet Paper for lodging on Tai Poutini Polytechnic Capital Injection and Debt Write-off [PDF, 7.5 MB]

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