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Alison Ritchie

Alison’s background includes art history, literature, religious studies, sociology and psychology.

Ashlee Lawrence - Environmental Sciences

“I love my job. I see parts of Northland that no-one else goes to, I meet and liaise with a lot of people connected to the land, and I get to work au…

Bernie Buhler - Applied Science (Biodiversity)

Finding kiwi chicks, ferrying students to the island, building tracks, and measuring geckos are all part of a day’s work for Bernie Buhler. Bernie is…

Angela Marinkovic

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 Barr

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…

Gina Brighouse - Applied Business Management

“I tossed up between studying architecture or business management here and chose business management because it applies to any industry and can be us…

Alexandria Going - First Line Management

“This is giving me the confidence to do more study, earn more part time income, and build up my CV again. It may take a while to get where I want to …

Angel Pomare - Social Services – Mental Health and Addictions

We get to look at our own values and how they impact other people. We learn to look at ourselves critically, and we keep reflective journals to under…

Daniel Roecken

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.

Cameron McLachlan - Electrical Engineering

The world is always going to run on electricity even if the way we generate or reticulate it changes. It’s a great field to get into.

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 Menefy

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 …

Anne Tauroa - Te Pokaitahi Ngapuhi-Nui-Tonu-Te Raranga (Maori We…

“It’s natural for Maori to weave. It directly connects you to your wairua and your essential self which are big issues for Maori identity.”

Dr Glen Hayward

Dr Glen Hayward works with the team at the Rawene campus on the Certificate and Diploma of Applied Arts.

Ligi Pakieto-Johnstone - Social Services

“It’s great to be helping strengthen community again. This is the future. I see my work as more about community development than Social Services,” sa…

Sandra Harvey - Applied Arts (Visual Arts)

“I absolutely love my job. It’s something I would never have imagined existed when I started my Visual Arts degree. I just followed my passion and th…

Edele MacDonald

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…

Ellie Smith

Brought up and educated in Wellington, Ellie now lives on the Northland coast with her family.

Damian Rangi - Automotive Engineering

Every day spent in the workshop teaches us new things and we get to discover how all the little pieces fit together perfectly

Aotea Toko-Pihema - Te Puna o Te Maturanga

“I felt there was something missing. I needed to get in touch with me as a Maori. The only way to do that was here at this course. It is one of the b…

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…

Asal Hassani - English as a Foreign Language

Asal enjoys the mix of nationalities both in her class and on campus. “I have classmates from eight countries and because English is new to all of us…

Gayle Hill

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 …

Carolyn Knowles-Phillips - Weaving (Raranga)

I’m a first time weaver but I’ve always been drawn to the materials. Harvesting and working with the mix of materials helps with our inner and outer …

Glenn Horsford - Automotive Engineering

The best thing about the course for Glenn is the hands-on workshop work. “There’s heaps to learn. I didn’t realise how much there is to know, even ju…

Hughie Blues

“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…

Catarina Peeters - Architectural Technology

“I was always interested in graphic and product design, but after having a gap year, learnt that this course existed. It’s turned out great and I’m d…

Heath Cossill - Engineering – Fabrication

Heath loves motorbikes. By doing work experience at Dargaville Honda when he left school, he has also found out that he loves welding. “As part of th…

Catherine Hodder - Travel and Tourism

For a lot of people travel is a dream and I want to help them create that dream. This course is giving me the skills to do that.

Ingrid Wahrlich

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…

Jade Morgan

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…

Jan Dawson

“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…

Chris Hambrook - Conservation and Environmental Management

“I finished 7th form in Kerikeri and wanted to learn more about the environment. This course is close to home and the fact that it is in the Northlan…

Jan Whitehead

“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…

Janine McVeagh

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.”

Jonathon Sole - Mechanical Engineering

“This course gives heaps of opportunities because employers come here looking for good employees. You can also go on to do other block courses here f…

Jaymz Edmonds

Jaymz is a glass artist. He has exhibited throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Desiree Norman - Business Administration

“I love what we learn here but also the way we learn it. We do lots of role plays and demonstrations so we’re not just learning on paper."

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 Davison

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 Ecuyer

John has been working with wood since 1988 and has also delved into other materials and techniques.

John Tilson

Being dedicated in my profession of horticulture with lots of enthusiasm and self pride in my work.

Eliza Hei - Youth Guarantee – Automotive

The biggest surprise about the course for Eliza is discovering she loves learning. “I hated school and never learnt anything - but this is really dif…

Justine Payen - Applied Writing

Applied Writing student, Justine's first book has gone international

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…

Joel Cullen - Mechanical Engineering

I love starting with a hunk of metal and in a few hours creating something that is useful and worth something.

Kath Wynn

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 Derrick

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 …

Kevin McAdams

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…

Klaus Lotz

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 …

Lesley Marshall

Trained teacher, professional editor (over 30 years’ experience; member of New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors). Has had children’s shor…

Lindsay Marks

“Educating people in the arts is like giving them a set of guidelines by which they can run their lives.”

Michelle Davies-Colley - Business Administration and Computing

Michelle wants to return to the work force so is up-skilling. “For anyone thinking of re-training, I’d recommend this course as a great place to star…

Jason Henry - Hunting and Pest - Kaikohe

"I love the outdoors and caring for nature but I have no experience of the outdoors. I was walking past, saw people outside so came in. I picked up t…

Lisa Clunie

Lisa teaches photography and other visual arts subjects across the applied arts programme at NorthTec.

Lucas Connew

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 …

Melissa Tan - Business Management

I am an only child from China and after high school I wanted to experience something completely different.

John Bristow - Sustainable Rural Development

"I really enjoy being with like minded, mature, motivated people. I also find the field trips inspiring because we visit developed permaculture prope…

Margaret Feeney

Margaret has an art history degree and an MFA. She works from her studio in the Hokianga.

Mark Graver

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.”

Mihikiterangi Lee Taimona - Business Administration and Computin…

This is a really helpful environment to transition from school to the working world. Now I’m more confident to go on to work or to get more qualifica…

Joseph Tioriori - Automotive Engineering

“I love coming home with dirty hands knowing I’ve done a lot of work. I’ll be able to fix my own car and help friends with theirs, and I love learnin…

Liza Lopez - Nursing

I love the group participation here where students get to do everything rather than the course being tutor orientated.

Mike Matata

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 …

Murray Gibbs

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.

Kane Gray - Digital Multi Media Production

“This is a real adventure. I’m into film and acting and this course hits that area. I can also explore my musical background.”

Paula Hohua

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…

Reuben Smith - Architectural Technology

Compared to about 500 students in a lecture in Otago, we have fewer than twenty in our class here so we get great one-on-one time with the tutors

Pip Beauchamp

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 Roadley

Rae is a professional journalist and a published author with many years of experience.

Kerrie Ann Mason - Hospitality

This course is full of surprises. They encourage us to enter competitions and I got a silver medal as an individual.

Richard Parker

Richard is one of New Zealand’s leading ceramic artists and has won numerous awards in his field.

Aichun Zhong - English as a Foreign Language

Taking the course here is a huge challenge for Aichun because she has never left home before. “I have to learn new living skills in a new culture. Th…

Ruth Green-Cole

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…

Kim Logue - Applied Arts

“Follow what spins your wheels. Life’s too short to make sacrifices.”

Scott McFarlane

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 …

Shane Paraone

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…

Shane Williamson

I am a fully qualified chef, having trained at Waikato Polytechnic.

Simone Rakena

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…

Toni Daly

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…

Steven Rameka

“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…

Ma Krizia Ledesma - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

“This certificate will give me an added skill for my profession and means I can nurse here specialising in mental health. The students are really sup…

Tanya Cook

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 Pointon

Susan is a film-maker and writer with over thirty years experience in film, theatre and television.

Matthew Keesing - Professional Hunting and Pest Control

Matthew was brought up hunting and fishing and has always wanted to get into conservation. “Doing these courses was the next step for me. You need a …

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.

Miche De Nobrega - Youth Guarantee - Hospitality

“I am doing the Youth Guarantee course with the Hospitality option to help me figure out my career choices and to get some level 2 credits."

Michelle Allen - Applied Social Services

“You can’t be at NorthTec and have a small mind. Doing this course has widened my perspective on life and my understanding of people.”

Narah Treadgold - Applied Arts (Digital Media Arts)

The course has introduced me to the world of web design, film and video and can lead to many aspects of filming, editing, script writing, branding an…

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…

Pania Moulton - Applied Writing

To be a writer you have to have a broad outlook and this course encourages open thinking and reading.

Nina Pivac - Conservation and Environmental Management

I love learning about what is going on in the natural world that people are unaware of. We learn the theory then get to see it in real life on field …

Patrick Mason - Sustainable Rural Development

This course is perfect. We study composting, re-vegetation, propagation, and growing food and it’s great learning how much you can do with just a few…

Pepe Paratene - Business Administration and Computing

“This course is local and gives me a change of environment. I want to pass on what I learn and help the family a lot, especially when it comes to wha…

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…

Raewyn Edwards-Bercic - Applied Writing

"The beauty of the course though is that I can fit my study around my lifestyle. Because I’m passionate about writing, I'm also the student rep. on t…

Rakan Alelyani - English as a Foreign Language

Rakan is from Saudi Arabia. “You need English to do anything in the world. I chose New Zealand because there are very few Saudi Arabians here so we h…

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…

Ruth Howard - Te Pokairua Ngapuhi-Nui-Tonu-Te Raranga (Maori wea…

“I’m already teaching my mokopuna what I’ve learned and they’re keen, but I’d like to do more. I may be able to do the degree then I could go back to…

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.

Stephen Whittaker - Certificate in Foundation Studies

"I’m keen to train in nursing but I need help with some academic basics." The foundation course is giving Stephen skills in writing, research, study,…

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…

Tracey Davies - Diploma in Fashion Design

“The NorthTec course is perfect for me because it has a hands-on approach. It is also developing my passion for construction and pattern making which…

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…

Loren van der Merwe - Bachelor of Visual Arts

I thrive in this environment. It is casual with small classes but the tutors are amazing and have international qualifications. Our new facilities no…

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…

Sharn Flower - Youth Guarantee – Automotive Engineering

“This course will help me make a success of my life. It is something I’ve achieved and my family is proud of me. I want to get a good paying job.”

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…

Storme Cook - Marine Adventure and Eco Tourism

“Since I was 4 years old, I’ve had an immense passion for the marine environment and always told people I wanted to be a marine biologist or a marine…

Tahi Bishop - Applied Sciences

Tahi is building on his two year NorthTec Diploma in Conservation and Environmental Management

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…

Wipani Tohu - Foundation Forestry Skills

I’ve always liked hard out physical work and I was tree planting before. I didn’t realise what else forestry could broaden out into until the course …

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…