Alison’s background includes art history, literature, religious studies, sociology and psychology.
It was a natural progression to step into teaching, to pass on the skills and knowledge attained over years of working in the landscape industry.
Adam Sharp - Fashion Design
The enthusiasm here is contagious. It’s great to be building up a portfolios as we go – in screen printing, drawing, pattern making, garment constru…
Aby Alex - Nursing
Aby enjoys the flexibility of having on-line study and is able to fit his part time work at the hospital as a health care assistant around it.
Aaron Hooper - Applied Management
“The one big advantage NorthTec has is that the classes are a lot smaller but also at the same time you get to interact with your tutors."
Ben has worked in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful places with our most special animals. He began tutoring at NorthTec in 2013.
Claire Kaahu White
Claire tutors art theory in Rawene as well as being involved with the Hokianga Art Gallery as a trustee.
Anish Varghese - Nursing
One of the best aspects of the course for Anish is the practical learning. “We are out there working in the community and in the hospital."
Aimee Langman - Hairdressing
We’ve learnt an amazing number of techniques in a short time. Our tutor has had her own salon for years so we get all the up to date practices.
Dylan Merritt - Sport and Recreation
Dylan Merritt says his job satisfaction comes from seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they improve their personal fitness and their lifestyles. D…
My position at NorthTec allows me now to share my passion about the environment and management for sustainable use of resources with new generations
Kerrin Taylor - Sports and Recreation
Kerrin now works full time in what for her is a dream job. “I’m a Green Prescription Co-ordinator for Sport Northland. We support people with condit…
Daphne de Jong
Daphne is an international award-winning author with over 70 romance novels to her name.
Julie Pyle - Fashion Design
The stand-out thing about the course for Julie was the tutors. “They went above and beyond the call of duty. They would even take stuff home to figur…
Diana is a published writer of commissioned histories, general non-fiction, children’s novels and non-fiction.
Lennaa Saunders - Nursing
“The special thing about the NorthTec course is that we learn the theory then get to apply it straight away in our clinical placements. We work with …
Dr Glen Hayward
Dr Glen Hayward works with the team at the Rawene campus on the Certificate and Diploma of Applied Arts.
Edele MacDonald has been immersed in fashion design and textiles all her life.
Ansal Al Ibrahim - Business
“This course really suits me for three reasons. We do an industrial project which is useful for both business tactics and finding a job. We cover res…
Daniel Munn - Construction
“The tutors here make it so easy to learn. I hated maths at school but here they work with you one on one until you get it. That Pythagoras stuff act…
Brought up and educated in Wellington, Ellie now lives on the Northland coast with her family.
Soraya Te Iringa - Social Services
Soraya Te Iringa finished her Degree in Social Services and stepped straight into work that she loves. “I work with an agency of social change and it…
The best part of the work is watching the students grow. I see them find their ambitions and I guide them on their journey to achieve them.
Chad Cottle - Horticulture
I had a gap year last year and now I’m really into learning about plants and trees. Horticulture is a cool combination of theory plus being outdoors …
“It takes a special kind of person to love a career in cooking. There’s nothing better than a full-on service that’s going well, and part of the appe…
I don’t see barriers – only opportunities - and as a team we’ll always find a way. The student is the creator. I simply make it work for them.
Catherine Matthews - Eco-Tourism
I wanted to figure out where I sit in this environment and I realise I sit in all of it. I really want to work with the whole of the natural environm…
Digital Media tutor, Jade, is passionate about the internet and user interface design
Jared Wendt - Electrical Engineering
Doing this electrical course is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve come straight from school and it’s ten times better than school. Everything I’m l…
“My philosophy is to make the course as near as possible to industry expectations. I expect students to be reliable, on time, and to take the initiat…
Jana Wilson - Beauty Therapy
To other solo Mums at home, I want to say, ‘You can do it. Take a step. The first step is the scary one but there is so much support here at NorthTec…
“The ultimate for me is helping students realise and reach their potential. It’s so satisfying. They are like big sponges really keen to soak up the …
Chelsea Wooldridge - Agriculture
“I didn’t know anything of farming until I worked for a year relief milking and helping with calving before my level 3 course started. I loved it and…
Former publisher, trained teacher, Masters in Education (specialised in children’s literature), published in non-fiction, commissioned history, child…
Cortnie Pineaha - Hospitality
“I’m doing this course because I have a passion for people and for food. I grew up around food on the marae so I learned how to cater for people.”
Jaymz is a glass artist. He has exhibited throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Jordan Pene - Automotive Engineering
Jordan has always loved being around cars but he wanted to learn more. “I was told by lots of people about the great facilities here and how awesome …
Eli George - Carpentry
It’s a good environment here, not too far from home for me, and it gets you ready for the big world.
Joanna has recently arrived in the north to teach mental health nursing at NorthTec with a background of eight years in education, and 20 years as a …
John has been working with wood since 1988 and has also delved into other materials and techniques.
Being dedicated in my profession of horticulture with lots of enthusiasm and self pride in my work.
Eruera Taurua - Te Puna
“It has changed my whole way of thinking and is returning me to myself. The students give everything they have as we journey together and the tutor m…
Has helped produce personal memoirs for people, and has completed a children’s novel.
Gladys Ndanga - Hairdressing
“The best thing about the course is the support of the tutors and students. We have become a tight team. I have started a braiding business from a sa…
Jamie Erceg - Health and Safety
“My sense of what I can do has changed. I have always been a hands-on person, but now I’m learning about safety law, systems, keeping proper records,…
Kathy is a published author, and tutors Myth, Legend and Folktale and Research for Writers.
Luke Tattersall - Civil Engineering
Physics and maths are intriguing Luke in a way that he wasn’t expecting. “We’re going deep into physics and maths for calculating stresses on beams a…
Gareth Mauchline - Applied Writing
“I originally trained in film making - visual story telling. Recently I have been on the Board of Trustees of the Northland Youth Theatre and I work …
I am a chef tutor teaching Level 3 cookery and have been with NorthTec for a few years now.
Hinemoa Roberts - Tourism and Travel
I’m really passionate about what is possible now. We have future career choices with travel agents, in the airlines, or on cruise ships, and I love t…
Our tutor is professionally qualified and experienced in organic horticulture with international experience. He holds a degree in Organic Agriculture…
James Puru - Hunting and Pest Control
This course represents a turning point in my life. I love the outdoors and I want to help eradicate the pests that are damaging our special native bu…
Malin Haugsgjerd - Nursing
“I am doing my nursing degree in Norway and our university has an exchange agreement with NorthTec. I heard good things about NorthTec so a friend an…
Louise Spraggon - Carpentry
As practicum for the course I’m already working two days a week for an eco builder and would love to work longer term with sustainable building
Kathleen Ferguson - Health and Safety
I’ve been surprised at the depth of the course. I’m a highly administratively orientated person and the depth of reading around the legislation is ch…
Kura Te Waru Rewiri
Kura returned home to the north in 2007 to take care of her mother, having been a lecturer in the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts at Massey University …
Trained teacher, professional editor (over 30 years’ experience; member of New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors). Has had children’s shor…
“Educating people in the arts is like giving them a set of guidelines by which they can run their lives.”
Lisa teaches photography and other visual arts subjects across the applied arts programme at NorthTec.
After 13 years in the army as a diesel mechanic being posted all over New Zealand, Lucas was ready to come home to the north and settle in one place …
Margaret has an art history degree and an MFA. She works from her studio in the Hokianga.
Mark is a professional artist specialising in painting and Acrylic Resist Etching.
Jordan Slade - Applied Arts
“I think I have something to offer. If a young guy like me can do it, anyone can. Don’t hold back just because you’re a young fella.”
Liza Lopez - Nursing
I love the group participation here where students get to do everything rather than the course being tutor orientated.
Although the course is designed to get people started in the Travel and Tourism industry, Mike says it also introduces the idea that the industry is …
I am a lecturer in Clay, Glass. Sculpture, Drawing and Design.
Madison Curel - Nursing
The training here has a hands-on component that I love. We’re in hospitals taking blood pressures and talking to patients about what’s happening for …
Melanie Russell - Horticulture
I’ve gone from nails and heels to muck and gumboots. I love the physicality of horticulture. My tension and stress have gone.
Olivier (Olly) Ball
Olly’s interest in conservation was sparked by his childhood realisation that he would never see such wonderful creatures as moa, huia and dodo.
I stem from a beautiful valley called Whirinaki, where I was nurtured in the heart of Maori culture, whanau and great parents.
Kara Broughton - Maori Arts
“My life is more exciting and broader than it has ever been and I realise was wasting my talent before. Now the tutors are helping me to have my work…
Katarina Linton - Applied Arts
“Doing the course has impacted my life already. To me the reward in studying is less to do with career, and more about being able to give back and en…
I’ve been involved with farming, forestry, and fishing all my life and got the job here while I was milking cows in Dargaville.
Rae is a professional journalist and a published author with many years of experience.
Richard is one of New Zealand’s leading ceramic artists and has won numerous awards in his field.
Ruth Green-Cole is an Art History and Graphic Design lecturer on both the visual arts and digital arts programmes.
Keylan Wolfgramm - Motor Industry
“We get an education here but it is nothing like school. Motivation is up to us and our tutor helps those who help themselves. I may go on and do lev…
Scott has exhibited regularly in New Zealand over the past 25 years.
Lewis Manuera - Applied Arts
“I love creating things – in any medium. I sit and draw most of the time – in front of TV, and even in my maths books when I was at school. My grand …
Hospitality tutor Shane Paraone loves seeing students light up. “They respond to what you’re doing and are really pleased with themselves when they a…
I am a fully qualified chef, having trained at Waikato Polytechnic.
What I love about what I do is relationships. I love to provide training and education that industry sees as valuable and that is contextualised to t…
Although my passion has always been the magic of biochemistry and genetics, I initially spent 21 years as a psychiatric nurse, so I care about the wa…
“I love seeing the students change themselves during the course. Most of our students didn’t have a good experience of learning at school and the way…
I have always enjoyed being in the outdoors and learning about New Zealand’s unique environment and wildlife.
Maik Schimmel - Applied Management
“In Germany people are very competitive and you have to think of yourself first to get ahead. Here people work together. Kiwis want to help...just to…
Susan is a film-maker and writer with over thirty years experience in film, theatre and television.
Matthieu Stanley - Horticulture
“I’m in love with this course! It far exceeds my expectations. The content is so much more comprehensive and in depth than I imagined and covers mode…
Melanie Harvey - Legal Executive
I love how practical the knowledge is. We learn about mortgages and loans and family and court proceedings, plus the theory behind them.
Nelson Kernot - Sport and Recreation
I really enjoy the interaction with people here and that after each year you get a complete qualification. I’d love to help people experience the out…
Renee Swinbourne - Foundation Studies
“When I looked at the courses here, I could see they were all laid out in steps that I could begin without having to move away from home. So I starte…
Phoenix Moyer – Applied Management
“NorthTec also offers you a really relaxed environment and becoming involved as a student ambassador and the student body here means I pay a bit more…
Renee Korewha - Management
I love the convenience of being able to live and learn right here. I love learning how to use the computers properly. And I love the work we’re learn…
Ripeka Barrett - Computing
Ripeka moved from Kaitaia to Whangarei to do the certificate in computing. “I did level 3 in computing in Kaitaia years ago but I’m ready to take it …
Ryan Absalom - Agriculture
It’s great learning such practical skills that relate directly to the job and we can use the training in other industries like agriculture and hortic…
Sheree Edwards - Applied Arts
I love that art is all about process. If the process is intense the work will be intense. And that’s my life just now.
Tiwari Murray - Forestry Kaitaia
“This course is about learning on site. I learn better hands-on so now I can make sense of the paper stuff and find it interesting. We’re learning ab…
Sonja Holloway - Foundation Studies
When I passed my first exam I could start to believe in myself and build confidence. Being part of the NorthTec class is also helping. It’s a cool gr…
Keita Fuller - Massage
Keita’s two passions are massage and rugby, so doing the Diploma in Massage with a sports emphasis will take her to where she wants to go. “The ultim…
Zarnia Baker - Hairdressing
Zarnia sees a range of options available in hairdressing. “When I finish the course I’d like to move to Australia to do an apprenticeship and further…
Tinto Thomas - Nursing
NorthTec gives special and personal student support. Study here is a challenge but a good challenge. I think the nursing here is better and more resp…
Tania Howard - Painting
We learnt everything about preparation and painting plus we learnt how to skim coat plaster, and got a first aid certificate. Our class became a whan…
Sheila Failano - Beauty Therapy
“I can now start a career doing something I love everyday and I feel confident enough now to move away to get work. Because I love painting as well a…
Sierra Howard - Maori Arts
“There are lots of people out there not knowing what to do after year 13. I’d say come to NorthTec and study. It’s not far from home, it’s not as sca…
Stanley Benson - Horticulture
“This course has changed my whole attitude to the planet. I’m developing an intimate working relationship with the earth. I realise now that the bees…
Steven Pene - Carpentry
Steven is surprised at how much he is learning at the course. “I just thought it would be about building a house, but we cover concreting, scaffoldin…
Trevor Clark - Forestry
“I’ve been a chef most of my life and I’m tired of being stuck in a kitchen - especially in summer. I want to live closer to nature not just cook a l…
Usa Dechgitviriya - Hospitality
“I first did the English course here at NorthTec then found out about the hospitality course. This course answers the ‘what, when and why’ of the wor…
Yannie Wu - Hospitality
“NorthTec is famous. I heard about it in China because my high school has a link with NorthTec.”
Zenita Rachman - Digital Media
One day I’d love to work for a film company - or be an actor. First I’d like to make a video with my friends about the international students here, t…