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Aaron Heap - Environmental

“I was working in retail in Auckland for ten years and had gone as far as I wanted to go. My family are in Whangarei so I took some time out to look …

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…

Aaron Parker

Aaron teaches civil and structural drawing in the civil engineering programme.

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.

Ady Mckenzie

As a High Performing Athlete herself, Ady knows the importance of Sports Science testing and the importance of quality training

Agnes Mariya Sebastian - Nursing

From being a nurse in India and moving on to studying nursing at NorthTec, I have been given the chance to advance my nursing knowledge.

Aichun Zhong - English Language

“I learned a lot, not just knowledge, also life. There were many great teachers, and the students as well as the teachers were very friendly.”

Alan Carn-Bennett

I lead a team of industry experienced trainers providing a wide range of training relating to the transport industry.

Alison Ritchie

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

Alistair McFadzean

The McFadzean 103-hectare dairy farm offers unique training opportunities to those who wish to develop their general skills in fencing, milk harvesti…

Andrew McCulloch

As programme leader, I am responsible for supporting my staff to deliver high quality programmes in agriculture and horticulture across Northland

Anita Tana - Horticulture

“For me this is about growing food and flowers at home. I’m a Mum with young kids so studying horticulture is giving me skills for life that I can pa…

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…

Arun Baby - Project Management

I wanted a University level Business Qualification that was globally transferable. NorthTec was the best choice for me to reach my goals.

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…

Bailey Urlich-Short - Automotive Engineering

I’ve always tinkered with bikes and am into motocross so this course was the right choice for me.

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…

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.

Ben Kluge

Ben's passion is turning data into information and knowledge. Ben has a degree in Applied Information Systems.

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…

Bobby Newport

Bob’s subject expertise includes Sociology, Coaching, Skill Acquisition and Performance Analysis.

Bronwyn Carse - Hairdressing

“I’m surprised at how much we learn, especially the technical things like how hair grows and the science of colour.”

Callum Charlton - Eco Tourism

“Doing this course is opening doors that were previously locked and bolted shut for me. I can now create a future career to help showcase this hidden…

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…

Caroline Bon - Sport and Recreation

Caroline Bon has been a professional golfer for the last four years ever since she graduated from her degree in sport and recreation at NorthTec

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 …

Cathryn Holland - Marine Adventure and Eco Tourism

My compassion for the ocean and the whole marine environment has built up by what I’m learning here. I want to encourage more youth to do this course…

Cecil Oppert - Social Services

The biggest thing I’ve learnt in this journey is not to doubt your learning abilities. You can do anything you want to once you remove your own mind …

Chelsea Whitehead - Foundation

This foundation course can make it easy to start to study again. You can get the basic study skills and learn how to think in order and write essays.

Chloe Chamberlain - Hairdressing

“We’re already doing shampooing, hair-ups, pin-curls, and highlights. I especially love the contact we have with clients every week and I’m really su…

Chris Carey

Having been successfully self employed in the creative sector for several years I want to help find creative solutions and develop opportunities for …

Chris Phillips - Electrical Engineering

​“I wanted a well-paying job, I had an interest in things electrical, a friend had done this course, and it was local – so I enrolled. I enjoy the wh…

Connor Telfer - Electrical Engineering

“Doing this course will definitely help me get an apprenticeship. I’m not sure what I’ll specialise in later but I’m keen to travel. It’s early days …

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 …

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 …

Damian Manahi - Architectural Technology

“I love designing and this course is helping me understand why we do what we do when we’re building. It’s extending my horizons of what’s possible. I…

Dan Clark

As programme Leader for Sport and Recreation, and Environment at NorthTec, Dan has a passion for education and strives to improve performance through…

Dane Tuialii - Conservation

“I have always been someone that has enjoyed nature. I just wanted to work in a job that connects me back to the natural world.”

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

Daphne de Jong

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

Dave Murray

Dave teaches a wide range of engineering courses in the civil engineering programme.

David Spoonley

David teaches highway and traffic engineering in the civil engineering programme.

Derek Bon

Derek teaches Civil/structural Drawing in the civil engineering programme.

Desiree Norman - Business Administration

“I love what we learnt at NorthTec but also the way we learnt it. We did lots of role plays and demonstrations so we weren't just learning on paper."

Diana Menefy

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

Dolly Tuporo - Digital Arts

“I’m thriving in this environment. I love how the tutors support you, and I’m local so I can stay home yet keep expanding and studying. I don’t know …

Dr Bev MacKay

RGON, CATE, MA (App) Nursing (Distinction), Doctor of Nursing, FCNA(NZ). Bev has a strong primary health care nursing background and this is one of …

Dr Dai Morgan

My main research interests revolve around behavioural ecology, wildlife management, and ornithology. Therefore, just about everything that has legs, …

Dr Mike Mullany

Mike is lecturer and a researcher at NorthTec and teaches Engineering Mathematics, Physics, Project Management, Technical Literacy, Engineering Manag…

Dr Olivier 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.

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…

Ellie Smith

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

Evan Wood

To me, our Level 2 & 3 courses are not just about growing plants, but more importantly, growing people. These courses can help you to gain employment…

Evelyn Harris - Hunting and Pest Control

“One of the best things has been learning how to trap, gut and skin possums because I can now sell the furs and can make money and be financially ind…

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 …

Georgina Ellis - Health and Safety

I want to make a difference and help create change. Health and Safety are a big part of our everyday work life and I want to see people go to work an…

Gerald Katene - Horticulture

Doing the GrowSafe ticket was intense for me but the tutors are right there beside you and they put things across in a way that I can take it in.

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…

Gina-Marie Moon - Transport

My biggest dream was to get a job in transport, and now I have it – thanks to NorthTec. If you want truck driving experience – jump onto this course

Graham Smith

I have a passion for training and seeing people develop to their full potential. This passion was instilled in me during my military career, where I …

Gwen Wynyard - Maori Arts

This course is wonderful – but come prepared to work. It’s full-on fun and full-on research.

Hamish McCracken

As Programme leader for commerce, I oversee the quality of learning and delivery accross business, computing and business administration courses.

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…

Harvinderpal Singh - Conservation and Environmental Science

Tutors at NorthTec are very co-operative and always keen to support other students in class. Our department go on organised field trips once a week, …

Hayley Sharp - Environmental Science

The tutors really get us immersed in the outdoors. I’m amazed at how many field trips we have – to places like the Poor Knights and Tiritiri Matangi.…

Heidelind Luschberger

My passion is to raise peoples awareness of their environment and of what we are doing as a people so that they are inspired to make changes in their…

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…

Hillary Nathan - Tourism

When I started the course I was just trying it out to see if it was for me. Now I’m passionate about it! I’m learning so much, not just about our own…

Hohepa Rudolph

Respected elder and Tai Tokerau identity Hohepa Rudolph was appointed NorthTec Kaumatua in 2008 following a selection process conducted by a panel of…

Holly Tonkin - Commercial Transport

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

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…

Huhana Melanie Lyndon

Having worked within the health and social service sector for a number of years I have a keen interest in improving outcomes for our people. This is …

Ian Gillespie

Ian teaches land and engineering surveying in the civil engineering programme.

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.

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…

Ivan Dorofeev - Mechanical Engineering

I just love this whole place. I love the people. I love the spirit. It’s very different from anything I’m used to. I love that we do theory and pract…

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…

Jade Morgan

As an digital media artist who works in various mediums across digital media, Jades work is a hybrid of digital imaging, photo manipulation, and digi…

Jamee Brown - Business Administration and Computing

There’s fun atmosphere here and the tutor has a real sense of humour so keeps the mood light and fresh. You need that in a classroom.

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 …

Jane Anderson

I lead the team of registered nurses who deliver the Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Certificate in Registered Nurse Competence pro…

Jane Arlidge

Jane's passion is learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts (English & Anthropology), Master of Education (Adult and Higher Education) and a Post Graduate…

Janine McVeagh

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

Jared Wendt - Electrical Engineering

Doing the electrical course was the best thing I’ve ever done. I came straight from school and it was ten times better than school. Everything I lear…

Jasmine Rogers-Tana - Nursing

I love the new things I’m learning and like how the course is laid out. It’s a mix of class study, online study, and practical time in the hospital, …

Jason Paikea - Automotive Engineering

Learning new things and meeting new people are what I love best about the course. I’m doing things I never imagined I’d be doing - like welding and m…

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…

Jaswant Minhas - Business Management

“I’m really glad I decided to study at NorthTec. All the tutors are great, they’re from all over the world and it was really good to work with them.”

Jaymz Edmonds

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

Jazmin Pettus - Applied Science

I love the small class size and individual tutor support that is possible here compared with uni.

Jess Kean

Originally a social work practitioner in Auckland, Jess came to NorthTec and taught in social work certificate, diploma and degree programmes for ten…

Jessica Ranger - Horticulture

I really like the learning environment here and how knowledgeable the tutors are. They cater to all our students’ interests which range from a commer…

Jessica Rule - Sport and Recreation

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

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 …

Jody Kelly - Civil Engineering

I still work full-time at Fulton Hogan, and I have a two year old, so studying one day a week at NorthTec for four years means I don’t have to change…

John Allen - Sport and Recreation

I was straight out of school, was heading for jail for sure, then I played a game of touch against NorthTec’s MMA guys from last year. The tutor appr…

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.

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…

Jordan Pene - Automotive Engineering

"I looked forward to coming to Tec every day." Jordan has always loved being around cars and enjoyed the mix of classroom and practical work at North…

Jordan Poasa - Hospitality

“There’s a challenge in doing that well and we learn the skills to help. I like the variety of work in tourism and hospitality – and I enjoy cooking …

Jordan Slater - Foundation

I’ve learned that there are different ways to learn and to study so I’m getting ahead in ways I wasn’t able to before. I want to keep my future optio…

Karla Veronica Calzado - Nursing (CAP)

I believe that choosing NorthTec is one of the best decisions I have made to uplift my career as a nurse.

Katarina Linton - Applied Arts

“I have gained so much from my time at NorthTec. I've developed as an artist, I'm able to give back to my family and community, and I've had opportun…

Kath Wynn

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

Kathy Derrick

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

Kelly McCallum

Kelly's degree in Kinesiology and Education at the University of British Columbia has lead her around the world teaching and coaching in various scho…

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…

Kevin McAdams

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

Khalid Bakhshov

A professional member of the British Psychological Society, fellow of the Institute of Learning and a member of the Chartered Institute of Managers, …

Kim Logue - Applied Arts

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

Kim Tito - Te Reo

There’s a generational expectation I hold for myself and that my kaumatua hold for me, that’s it’s time to step up and provide leadership for our hap…

Kiriwai Te Whero

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

Kirsten Parker van Eck

As a Programme leader Kirsten supports tutors to offer high quality academic courses. Overcoming barriers to learning and promote strengths of both s…

Klaus Lotz

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

Knox Henderson - Horticulture

NorthTec was a great training ground. I was impressed with the quality of the tutors. I was apprehensive at first but I learned a lot more than I exp…

Kura Te Waru-Rewiri

Prominent Māori artist Kura Te Waru-Rewiri is the senior tutor for the Maunga Kura Toi – Bachelor of Māori Art.

Kyle Durack - Forestry

“I had never touched a chainsaw when I started the course, and already I have a full time job in quality control for a harvesting contractor. I jumpe…

Lain Tovine - Health and Safety

I’m surprised how interesting I’m finding health and safety to be. I decided to do it to extend my skill set and to add to my CV but I’m now realizin…

Lavinia Tamarua

Lavinia is Research Coordinator at NorthTec

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…

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 …

Lesley Marshall

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

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…

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 on the Art Academy and Bachelor of Applied Arts programmes at NorthTec.

Lisette Buckle

I am currently working with motivated tutors to support them to realise better ways to engage our students and give our students great employment opp…

Liza Lopez - Nursing

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

Lorraine Barton (Barts)

Barts is an HPSNZ accredited provider for Massage in Northland and works with many Northland athletes.

Louise Spraggon - Carpentry

"I gave myself a gap year to learn carpentry!” Since completing the NorthTec course Louise had continued to study towards her goals. “I want to teach…

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 …

Lucy Doull - Business

I’ve got more confidence in myself again but in a different way from before, and I’ve learnt a lot about myself in a context of leadership and commun…

Lyn Wade - Biodiversity Management

Even though I live close to Auckland, NorthTec offered the convenience of subjects I could group into two day blocks of part time study compared with…

Ma Krizia Ledesma - Mental Health

“This certificate gave me an added skill for my profession and means I can nurse here specialising in mental health. The students were really support…

Maninder Singh - Civil Engineering

My experience so far has been great in NZ - I love Whangarei

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.

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 …

Marianna Damm - Marine Adventure and Eco-Tourism

“I want to work in tourism on the water. This course is specific to what I want to learn and we get so many related ticketed qualifications as part o…

Mark Ewen

Mark has studied and taught at tertiary education level and worked in the private sector in, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Mark Graver

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

Mark Pearson

Mark teaches carpentry and is Northland coordinator for the New Zealand Carpentry Apprentice Challenge.

Megan Vercoe - Conservation

The step from year 12 to here (level 2 to level 5) is a challenge in self-discipline, but I’m so much more motivated to learn. I also love that we ha…

Meika Wheoki

Meika takes pride in ensuring that all her students leave her programmes with the basic skills to start work and be useful farm employees from day on…

Mereana Pese - Maori Arts

This is the first Maori Arts degree in Northland and to me it feels more like movement than a course. It’s a break-through for me.

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

“The 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 possums…

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.

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 …

Nick Corne

Nick teaches structural engineering in the civil engineering programme.

Nick Marshall

Nick teaches highway and traffic engineering in the civil engineering programme.

Nigel Drummond

The safety of the forestry worker and making sure they go home at the end of the day, is premium. After 20 years in forestry, I’m now tutoring level …

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…

Nikita Erihe - Business Administration and Computing

I knew how good NorthTec was because my sister had been here. Numbers are a bit tricky for me but there is so much tutor support.

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…

Nirvana King - Business

“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…

Patrick Mason - Sustainable Rural Development

"This course was perfect. We studied composting, re-vegetation, propagation, and growing food and it was great learning how much you can do with just…

Paul Binney

Appointed to the role of Chief Executive in September 2010, Paul Binney has previously been NorthTec’s Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Off…

Paula Hohua

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

Pere Chapman - Sport and Recreation

This course is mind blowing. I now know I can do anything I want and I’m strong inside and out. I love Brazilian Ji Jitsu boxing. I am now more confi…

Peter Bruce

Peter is a lecturer and researcher, teaches Management, Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Business Heritage, Culture and Sustainability and Strat…

Peter Kitchen

Peter teaches highway engineering for the civil engineering programme.

Phil Giles

Mr. Giles joined NorthTec in 1990 and has worked as a tutor, senior tutor, Programme leader, Programme manager and more recently, as the Northern Reg…

Phillip Nikora

As team leader, I feel a sense of accomplishment when students gain skills that will enable them to work safely and return to their loved ones at the…

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 …

Rachael Sio (nee Wilson) - Foundation (Applied Science)

“We lived in Auckland and I looked at study options. NorthTec was the only place that offered a step-by-step programme so we packed up the family and…

Rae Roadley

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

Renee Korewha - Management

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

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…

Rhiannon Dennison - Mental Health

I love this type of learning where there is plenty of opportunity for questions, time-out to discuss what presents, and a family feel within our clas…

Ricci Lang - Applied Arts

The tutors are very cool and are really involved with what we are doing. They all have a different approach so it helps us to develop the way we thin…

Richard Parker

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

Rob Andrews

Rob teaches Highway Engineering in the civil engineering programme.

Ross Lee Ackerman - Accounting

The interaction with the tutors here is what I enjoy the most. I was initially overwhelmed and the course was more difficult than I thought, but the …

Ryan Lees - Horticulture

The flexibility of this course is really refreshing. We cover all the core subjects like composting, soils, weather, water management, propagation, a…

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…

Scott McFarlane

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

Shahn Allen - Hospitality

I love the whole course here. We work hands-on in the campus cafés so we get immediate feedback from the other students. They soon tell you if your c…

Shane Linn - Engineering Fabrication

“I’m into customizing motorbikes. I had been drain-laying for a job but I’m a solo Dad and I wanted something with hours that better fitted around sc…

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.

Shelley Crawford

As the programme leader Shelley supports the social services tutors in the delivery of the social work and mental health and addictions programmes th…

Sheryl Makita - Foundation

When I began here my goal was to go back and finish my teaching degree, but a whole new world has opened to me and I’ve now decided to do social serv…

Simon Phelps

Simon is programme leader for Automotive, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering

Sophie Tua - Sport and Recreation

NorthTec was right here, fitted in with my life and the kids, and meant we didn’t have to shift to Auckland.

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…

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…

Sun Lyoung Kim - Applied Writing

“Once you get a qualification you can create a better life, and this is a great place to get a qualification.”

Susan Pointon

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

Susan Warring

I have been a teacher in Polytechnics and Private Training Establishments since 1999 and have been a manager in the education sector since 2006.

Taina Savage

Taina is programme leader for Architecture, Carpentry, Civil Engineering, Construction and Painting

Tanya Cook

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

Tash Nikora - Maori Arts

Already this course is inspiring my vision of what I can create. The colour, form, and complexity that is coming out is intense and surprising. I’m r…

Te Teira Rakete - Elementary Construction

“I came here to see if there was more I could learn about scaffolding, and now I’m on a new pathway heading towards architecture! I had no idea that …

Teegan Edwards - Agriculture

“This course will change my life. I want to live on the land, get paid for what I love doing, and go farming with my best friend. We are each good at…

Tenaya Hokai - Beauty Therapy

I moved back from Australia to do this course. I checked out other beauty training options but NorthTec’s course had a better learning structure and …

Tim O'Leary

NorthTec is an incredible opportunity for the students and farming community in the Rodney and Kaipara district.

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…

Tracey Pomana - Painting

I’m surprised how motivated I am to get up and go to work now. We do practical painting work out in the community as part of this course and I love s…

Trent Knox - Civil Engineering

We learn about structure and geo-technology, and surveying. It’s way beyond just earthworks. Our class has a mixed age of students so some bring work…

Trevor Clark - Forestry

“A job in forestry is a job for the future. The course was really worth doing - I enjoyed it.”

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…

Upasana Dahal Kandel - Business

NorthTec is really the best choice for overseas students. NorthTec offers a wide range of courses, with expert tutors from around the world. Besides …

Vasi Doncheva

Vasi leads the development and continuous improvement of academic and institutional quality programmes, services, systems and processes including fle…

Vicktoria Blake

I love getting to share my knowledge with students, and enjoy seeing the change in students when they learn new concepts in a language that they can …

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…

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…

Zivana Pomana - Sport and Recreation

I love the physical training, mind-set and discipline the course gives us. I am more confident now and I’m amazed at how much more I put myself out t…

Zoe Pearse - Electrical Engineering

“Electronics was the only thing I was interested in at school and I didn’t do well enough at school to go to university. This course at NorthTec actu…