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Alison Ritchie

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

Aaron Hooper - Applied Management

Aaron Hooper was surprised at how easy the tutors made it for him as a mature student to re-enter study. “The processes were so streamlined and the t…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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

Adrian Rihari - Construction

“I like everything about the course. I’m like a sponge - just soaking it up.” Adrian was working in construction but wanted to upskill. “It was a bi…

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…

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.

Daphne de Jong

Daphne is an international award-winning author with over 70 romance novels to her name.

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 …

Diana Menefy

Diana is a published writer of commissioned histories, general non-fiction, children’s novels and non-fiction.

Holly Tonkin - Commercial Transport

“The course has opened the doors for the possibility of expanding my business and offering more services to my customers.”

Jessica Rule - Sport and Recreation

Jessica runs her personal training business, Results Rule, from a remodelled shed on a rural property near Kerikeri.

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…

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…

Dr Glen Hayward

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

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…

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."

Dr. 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.

Kim Logue - Applied Arts

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

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.”

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…

Ellie Smith

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

Leanne Jackson - Applied Arts (Visual Arts)

Leanne Jackson’s journey of enquiry is unfolding through post grad study. “Art is an area of absolute open enquiry. You can study anything, follow yo…

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…

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 …

Aroha Tuaeu - Science

“It’s exciting that I’ve now started. After this course I’m heading for Waikato University to do a science degree because they have a really good Dep…

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…

Renee Korewha - Management

"It is very satisfying knowing I have the knowledge to be able to help people."

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…

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…

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.

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…

Jade Morgan

Digital Media tutor, Jade, is passionate about the internet and user interface design

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…

Bazil Couche - Mechanical Engineering

It is ten years since Bazil has studied but he is now making up for lost time. “I’m doing a Bachelor of Applied Management at the same time as the en…

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.

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…

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 …

Carleen Still - Beauty Therapy

“I’ve done the responsible things - kids, mortgage, NZIM Certificate in Management, and I was in computer engineering. But I’ve always wanted to do b…

Janine McVeagh

Former publisher, trained teacher, Masters in Education (specialised in children’s literature), published in non-fiction, commissioned history, child…

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 …

Jaymz Edmonds

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

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…

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 …

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.

John Ecuyer

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

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…

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 …

John Tilson

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

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…

Kath Wynn

Has helped produce personal memoirs for people, and has completed a children’s novel.

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…

Kathy Derrick

Kathy is a published author, and tutors Myth, Legend and Folktale and Research for Writers.

Conor O’Brien - Architectural Technology

“I’ve always liked art and architecture and there is consistent work availability for architectural technology. I came into the course straight from …

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.”

Kevin McAdams

I am a chef tutor teaching Level 3 cookery and have been with NorthTec for a few years now.

Damian Hori - Automotive Engineering

“I grew up around motors and motorbikes and I wanted to find out how they work. I found out about this course from some mates who were younger than …

Kiriwai Te Whero

I am passionate about learning and incorporating Tikanga into the classroom (sense of belonging).

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

Klaus Lotz

Our tutor is professionally qualified and experienced in organic horticulture with international experience. He holds a degree in Organic Agriculture…

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…

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."

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 …

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.

Lesley Marshall

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

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…

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…

Lindsay Marks

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

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

Margaret E Smith

My reward is to see students grow in confidence and skills, many of them move on to higher education or into the workforce.

Harry Collins - Digital Arts

“I love drawing and painting – anything that pops out to people’s eyes. I did art at school then got steered towards sport and business, but I didn’t…

Margaret Feeney

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

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…

Mark Graver

Mark is a professional artist specialising in painting and Acrylic Resist Etching.

Henare Rawiri - Arts

“I’ve been wanting to finish my Diploma in Visual Arts since 1998. I began then but couldn’t complete it because my father became ill. Creative oppor…

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 …

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…

Murray Gibbs

I am a lecturer in Clay, Glass. Sculpture, Drawing and Design.

Iti Stevens - Business Administration and Computing

“My goal is to set up a mobile hairdressing business. I’ve already done hairdressing and level 2 in business admin, but I need all the different skil…

Jacob Selwyn - Sustainable Rural Development

“I would like to go on to level 5 and then start a small business growing vegies on my land. The shining star longer term would be to use my qualific…

Nigel Studdart

Nigel’s goal and aim is to see this approach in science teaching throughout Northland and for Northland to be a leader in tomorrow’s innovative digit…

Paula Hohua

I stem from a beautiful valley called Whirinaki, where I was nurtured in the heart of Maori culture, whanau and great parents.

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…

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,…

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…

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.

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…

Richard Parker

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

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…

Ruth Green-Cole

Ruth Green-Cole is an Art History and Graphic Design lecturer on both the visual arts and digital arts programmes.

Jason Reti - Social Services

“The education journey itself changes you. It’s choice being around people who are moving forward, and I have 35 student friends who are part of my p…

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.

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…

Scott McFarlane

Scott has exhibited regularly in New Zealand over the past 25 years.

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…

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…

Shane Williamson

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

Jordan Bryers - Automotive Engineering

​“I’m into car drifting so I’m doing this course to learn to fix my own cars for D1NZ series competitions. The course is so much more hands-on than I…

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…

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 …

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…

Jordan Poasa - Hospitality

Jordan says part of the challenge of front of house hospitality work is keeping customers happy and dealing with any complaints. “There’s a challenge…

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.”

Susan Pointon

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

Tanya Cook

I have always enjoyed being in the outdoors and learning about New Zealand’s unique environment and wildlife.

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…

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…

Justine Payen - Applied Writing

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

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.”

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

Liza Lopez - Nursing

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

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

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

Maria Lawton - Sport and Recreation

Maria likes the variety of subjects. “I have more skills now so I can speak with confidence to my group and deliver something more holistic. Some of …

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.

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.

Melissa Tan - Business Management

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

Michael Herewini - Toitu Te reo

“My dream is to visit rest homes and the prison to listen and to guide. That’s where the social services study comes in. This is my work. It’s who I …

Michael Tunnicliff - Hunting and Pest Control

“They tutors are brilliant. They have been out there doing it for years and they emphasize safety as a big issue. We’ve been on a camp hunting possum…

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 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…

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.”

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…

Nancy Te Whata - Applied Management

“I was looking at going to work in Australia but realized that all I knew was horses so I decided I needed to study to upskill. I did business admin …

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…

Nikkita Huxtable - Travel and Tourism

“There is so much I have learnt in the course. It is all new for me and our class atmosphere is amazing. We all bring something different and we trea…

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 …

Nirvana King - Business Administration and Computing

“I was a stay at home mum and now I’m on my way to becoming a chartered accountant. It’s great getting the brain working and realizing what I am capa…

Pania Moulton - Applied Writing

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

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…

Quando Lloyd - Nursing

“Training as a nurse is changing my life. It is totally positive. I will be able to earn a good wage, feel better about myself, set an example to my …

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 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…

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

Reva Mendes - Visual Arts

“I returned to the north to re-establish my life and find my motivation again. I began a personal journey to re-ignite my life and I knew the arts we…

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tynele Muir - Youth Guarantee Hospitality

“I was struggling at school. I’ve only ever wanted to cook – since I was nine years old. I do the meals at home, make cakes, and have already catered…

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…

William Hemara - Painting

A big motivation for William doing the course are his two children. “I’ve got two young kids and I’m doing this for them as well as myself. I come fr…

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.”

Yuri Ariston–Smith - Hospitality

“I love having a chance to play around in the kitchen and the variety and originality of the dishes. I’ve been introduced to competitions too and lik…

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…

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…