Students

Meet NorthTec's students

Aaron Wilson - Painting (Trade)

The stand-out here is the tutor. He creates a great learning environment, manages the group well, and makes it easy to ask questions. Working out the pricing and quotes and quantities is a challenge for me but the tutor explains things well and is g…

Abigail Venables - Hairdressing

“If someone wanted to train as a hairdresser, I’d tell them to come to NorthTec because you get the job experience in a salon and you get the feel of it before and you get to go into a salon with all this practical experience behind you.”

Adriana Stolwerk - Travel and Tourism

I’m learning discipline and how to motivate myself to push through. It’s great being amongst the other students because everyone wants to be there and is committed to learning.

Alec Burnett - Mechanical Engineering

“If you’re thinking of starting a career in Mechanical Engineering, come to NorthTec first because they teach all you need to know before you get into the workplace. They tutors are a great support and they can potentially hook you up with a job too…

Alex Galpin - Information Systems

Configuring networking design and programming design, then checking that they work, are the best parts of this course for me. Computers, programming and networks have always interested me and they’re part of a field that is hard to learn outside a c…

Alex Wickliffe - Hairdressing

I’d always been interested in hairdressing and knew that this NorthTec course has a great reputation. There is so much more to hairdressing than I thought. It’s really interesting and fun, and gives me an opportunity to build a career.

Allison Waite - Sustainability

Doing this course is confirming that I want a life linked to the land, and although I failed a lot at school, I’m getting A’s here because I’m so interested.

Ameila Rakete - Commercial Transport

The completion of the course and the certificates I will receive will give me a lot more job opportunities than I originally thought.

Andrew Thompson - Cookery

My brother studied cheffing here and he’s gone on to do really well. This training has a good reputation and it’s local. The best part of the course is the good vibe of the people and the environment. You’re made to feel welcome and the tutors treat…

Ari Schwarz - Horticulture

Anyone doing this course for work may not be expecting the impact it can have on your life. I’ve found it opens up a greater perspective and takes you on a journey of self-growth and discovery. I love it.

Armand van Rooyen - Foundation (Social Work)

“Not being in school for a couple of years has made it a bit challenging but that’s where the support at NorthTec comes in. My tutors are so helpful and on to it, and the whole class is like a little family as well. We all help each other out, we do…

Arthur McInnes - Sustainable Rural Development

I love how relaxed and flexible the course is. It is hands-on and self-paced and we get to take on our own projects here. The tutors are very knowledgeable and we’re swapping seed and plant material now amongst the students.

Awhina Henry - Sport and Recreation

No-one else in my family has a degree so I feel I have the opportunity here to open new horizons for my kids and my greater whānau.

Ayden Dugmore - Applied Writing

This course is letting my imagination run wild again and opening up new horizons. I knew I could do it but I haven’t studied for years so I’m surprised that it’s coming back quite naturally.

Barbara Te Haara - Automotive

The mechanical work is great and we even get to work on our own cars so I’ve just replaced the fuel system in mine. I want to do an apprenticeship in Whangarei and completing this course will give me a much better chance of doing that.

Ben Hooper - Electrical Engineering

I’m loving learning new things and am doing things I didn’t think I could do – like repairing appliances, wiring up lights, and learning to be safety minded. I didn’t try much at school but I’m really achieving now because I have a purpose.

Betty Jo Reihana - Foundation (Nursing)

The learning environment here is so different from school. Our classmates are a mix of ages and we all support each other because we’re all here to move our lives forward.

Brandon Te Raki - Automotive Engineering (Vocational)

I’m now doing something I enjoy all day. At school I just sat doing not much except for when we did engineering. This is a real opportunity, we don’t have to know everything and the tutor is a real stand out.

Brandon Wilson - Painting (Trade)

I love going out on site and I’m getting really interested in colour. We have a good mix of students and a good tutor.

Brenda Crawford - Agribusiness

I like learning for an applied and practical purpose so this really suits me, and the farm is fairly isolated so I enjoy being with people is a similar farming situation.

Brittany Marsters - Te Reo

The people and the environment here are really relaxing and very personal. It’s like a second home to me and I’m amazed at my own growth and confidence.

Brody Laurenson - Applied Arts

I came here to broaden my creativity. It’s so hands-on here at NorthTec, you create your own stuff all the time. Everybody is really supportive, and if you struggle with something they will help you.

Bruno Roberts - Farming

There’s a great team spirit here so we all bring our experiences and learn from each other.

Caitlin Foster - Cookery

I love the people here. Anyone who is into hospitality is a certain sort of weird that I really enjoy. It’s part of who we are. I was going to get into hairdressing but I realised I love cooking more. I also realised that within hospitality I prefer…

Carol Thompson - Mental Health and Addictions

I’m getting the confidence now to carry on with higher levels of learning. As I continue educating and healing myself, job opportunities are starting to come my way.

Challas Nathan - Painting

I love it here every day. There’s heaps about painting I didn’t realize – the prepping, plastering, learning about the paints and safety. It’s all a challenge and that’s what I like about it.

Cheyenne Heke - Project Management/Transformation and Change

I’m really surprised at my own capabilities and expanded vision now. I believe completing this degree will not only help further my career, but also enable me to apply what I’m learning in everyday life like conflict resolution, planning and better …

Chris Boys - Digital Arts

“I believe this programme is teaching me things that are beneficial to my future career. This is getting me ready for what the industry will throw at me and what it expects of me.”

Christine Maley - Hairdressing

Our class is a real mix of ages and backgrounds but we really gel as a group and I love the added experience of having clients come here for us to work with.

Cole Peirson-Harrop - Mechanical Engineering

Everyone is so approachable here and we can ask anything we need to know. We each do our own thing but we all help each other.

Connie Chaplin - Agriculture

This feels like real learning on the job. We’re getting work experience here on the farm as we learn new things and I love everything about it – especially that I get to have my own working dog.

Corey Bond - Business Admin

“It’s great to be able to study locally. Being in a classroom environment makes you strive that little bit harder and motivate yourself. NorthTec in Kaitaia is the only place around here that will provide you with a formal qualification in Business …

Curtis Mehana - Painting

“This course has prepared me really well for a job, I’d say I could probably walk into one straight after I’ve finished and we’re lucky because our tutor has given us a lot of referrals for different jobs.”

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 would tell anyone now to push your limits.”

Damon Duyvesteyn - Construction

I’m one of the youngest but we all get along because we’re interested in the same things. It’s one of the best classes I’ve ever been in. Everyone is so relaxed and just getting on with it.

Dana Hawkins - Accounting

I really like how dedicated the tutors are to the students. They go out of their way to help us understand and they do extra tutorials, so I’m picking things up a lot more easily than I expected.

Danyon Stuart - Agriculture

Some of our classmates are experienced and some are totally new to farming but we’re all learning at our own speed.

Daria Chernova - Civil Engineering

I’m learning to believe in myself and to just do it, and I’m surprised to find I’m getting good results. The tutors always support me and are helping me to relax more.

David Macfarlane - Automotive

I’m on my way to creating my own life now. Follow what you want to do and don’t let anyone hold you back.

Declan Menefy - Mechanical Engineering

The best part of the course for me is the focus on machines. We learn machining, fabrication and welding, and machinery overview, and we come out with a certificate in all three.

Deeana Manu - Foundation (Nursing)

“Completing this programme will be a huge influence on my children. They are watching me do this and are already so proud of me. It will affect what they are going to do in their future, and for them to understand that hard work does pays off.”

Detchie Pacete - Foundation (Nursing)

All the students here are keen to learn and we’re all looking to step up and improve, and the tutors are wonderful. They understand where we’re coming from and relate the info we’re learning to us and our lives.

Deveron Pearce - Nursing

I looked at the option of studying nursing in Invercargill but the advantage here is that it is local and close to friends and family. I really like the hands-on work experience where we are assigned to different wards so we learn about different il…

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 where I’ll journey but I know to keep going.”

Dominic Mooten - Electrical Engineering

It’s a great environment to learn in here. I’m surprised at how many avenues there are in electrical engineering and what it can lead to.

Don Kim - Automotive

I was used to fixing my own mowers and machinery so I looked on the internet and found this automotive course close to home.

Duaine Thompson - Architectural Technology

I love the intensity of this course. I also like how one tutor emphasizes how to be professional in this field and the other one focuses on how to develop yourself in architecture and in your life. It’s helped me create my own aspirations for being …

Dylin Campbell - Automotive Engineering (Vocational)

It’s great to be learning with people who actually want to be here each day and I love that I can work with my hands as I learn. I’m really drawn to welding. There’s so much to learn about the different types of welding and the tutor is the best.

Eden Stewart - Business Administration

I love what I’m learning. Excel and the accounting side is more of challenge and we’ve just started doing Xero. I like numbers but there is a lot to it and I’m taking my time so I understand it as I go. The industry is wanting people with Xero exper…

Ella Nathan - Horticulture

The dream is to take the best possible care of our whenua out there where we live, and to pass that knowledge on for others to do the same.

Emma Snell - Visual Arts

The diversity of people here brings life and pride - whether they’re covered in te moko or from overseas. We’re all exploring who we can become and the tutors are skilled at getting the most out of each of us.

Eseta Tamati - Travel and Tourism

School wasn’t supportive for me so I’m amazed at how massive the impact of the tutor here has been on me being able to study. He has reassured me that anything is possible if we put in the time and dedication.

Evelyn Gillett - Business Admin

This is giving me the skills and requirements to re-enter the work force and I’m happy to get a foot in the door. It’s important to make the most of every opportunity and to have the right people around you to grow and develop.

Floyd Te Tai - Mental Health and Addictions

I love meeting the people here and sharing ideas. I tend to think in black and white so I like to see and learn different ways of looking at things.

Gail Kirkland - Business Administration

I haven’t studied for 20 years so there are heaps of challenges but I’m hungry to learn and the tutors keep us driven and encouraged.

Gary Baker - Painting

I’m feeling competent and confident. I know what I need to do, in what sequence, and how to price it.

George Skuse - Te Reo

I’m one of two pākehā students with 11 Maori and during the course someone died so we got to share in the experience of a tangi. We‘re a good mix of people and we developed a strong team spirit.

Georgia Farr - Hairdressing

I love getting real world skills and being on the campus is a really good experience. It’s easy to get around and close to family

Georgina Whaley - Carpentry

I have to focus to keep up but I’m surprised at how much more I’m memorising than I have in the past, because I’m really keen and the tutor helps us with study skills.

Graham Nathan - Whakairo (carving)

Being amongst such masterful tutors here in a kaupapa Maori environment is hugely affecting my learning. The painting, weaving and carving classes all collaborate and we learn from each other.

Hayden Rowse - Travel and Tourism

What I love most about doing the course is that I’m interested enough to focus. Usually I fade into myself but the tutor is really helping me to hold my focus.

Haydon Ngakuru - Horticulture

Being able to see the produce you’ve grown, taste the flavour, and be part of living in a sustainable way is what I’m here for.

Hohepa Pickering - Commercial Transport

“This programme makes you work ready. It teaches us what’s inside commercial trucks and all the technology we need to learn. It also gives us a lot of hands-on experience from drivers who have been in the industry for a long time so we can prepare o…

Hui Simon-Hau - Painting

It’s a challenge for me to show up every day and stay with it but it’s worth it. I’ve met heaps of new people because we go out painting on the job.

Ian Page - Civil Engineering

With all the new building and roading development in our region, now seemed a good time to step into civil engineering. Previously sport was my main driver and I did fill-in jobs to support it. I was helping run the Aquatic Centre before enrolling f…

Izaiyah Brightwell - Lowie

The best part of the course is doing the physical training at the gym and that includes learning to study measurements and performance. It’s a discipline for me to get here in the mornings but once you set your mind, then you’re sweet. I love being …

Jade Clifford - Visual Arts

I have learnt so much from coming here that it doesn’t matter so much whether I become an artist or not. I’d like to become an artist but I realise it feels more about what I’ve learnt on the way on every level. I feel blessed to be here and to be h…

Jade Homburg - Foundation

I’ve started my learning journey and I want to say to other young mothers – if I can do this, anyone can.

Jae Johanson - Information Systems

I love that we’re pushed here to pursue things to find answers, rather than being given answers. I learnt so much just in the first few weeks

Jaimee Poutai - Business Admin

I’m finding out that I love learning. It’s exciting to me. I need help so I’m the one that asks 100 questions. I was hesitant to put my hand up at first but the teachers encouraged me to just go for it.

Jared Wilson - Automotive Engineering

Meeting new people here has opened me up to new ideas and the tutors are the best. They’ve been in the trade and are teaching us their tricks.

Jason Mickan - Commercial Transport

I’m surprised at how well I’m doing and how much I’m getting on with it. I’m also surprised at the range of what we learn. It’s not just driving but includes safety, making your load secure, and how to prevent driver fatigue.

Jason Pont - Commercial Transport

I got a job straight from the course because the transport company approached the tutor. The tutors are very professional and really know what they are doing.

Jay Simmonds - Carving (Whakairo)

There are not many female carvers in New Zealand because it is only in recent years that mainstream institutions have opened their doors to allow women to study the art of carving. I think it’s culturally important to both honour the traditional val…

Jeremiah Gauniqio - Architectural Technology

Working with Archi-CAD is the thing I love most about the course but it is also the most challenging thing for me. I thought architecture would all about drawing but it’s mostly computerised and CAD is a challenge to learn.

Jessica Jones - Conservation and Environmental Management

I am dyslexic so I had convinced myself I’d never be able to study or get into uni, but there’s so much support here and with our small classes we get one-on-one time with the tutors. They put their personal support into our success.

Joanna Skyrme - Environmental Management

My challenge now is that I’m so invested in my studies that I have to remember it’s important to maintain a life outside of the course too!

Joe Neho - First Line Management

It’s great getting the conceptual tools for ways to think about things. I’m surprised at what we’ve covered and the course has opened my eyes to different aspects of management and leadership.

Joey Waddell - Architectural Technology

One of the key reasons for coming here is the tutors. They are real, they’re knowledgeable and experienced, and they treat us like peers. They really encourage us to push beyond our own limits and to expand enough to take in new learning and experie…

Jordan Moon - Applied Management

I’ve already started a business as my ‘big industry’ project in this last year of my degree. Studying here has given me the building blocks for that and the confidence to begin.

Joseph Prakash - Lowie

The tutors drive you to do better and they help us with how to do things at the gym so we form good habits. Every time I try something new I’m surprised at myself. The first time I did CrossFit I thought I would die – but I’m still here, improving a…

Josh Bucknell - Travel

The stand-out of the course for me is meeting all the great students and tutors here. I’m the youngest in our class so I’m learning so much from other people’s backgrounds and cultures, and by being on the campus is general.

Joshua Walker - Applied Writing

The course is all online and the best part of it for me is meeting all the other students with an interest in writing. We critique each other’s work and socialise online, and occasionally meet up physically at a hui, but most of our connection is on…

Julie Duffy - Horticulture

I’m discovering I have a surprising interest in biological control and Integrated Pest Management. I’m fascinated with the idea of breeding parasitic wasps and ladybirds and it’s great knowing there are companies here doing that now.

Kadin Baker - Sport and Recreation

I looked at other universities but this is the same degree with the same result and it’s right here at home.

Kaea Taitoko - Agriculture

Being outdoors with the animals and learning new things are the best parts of the course for me. The study needs some self-discipline but I’ve made it a priority.

Kahli Rowland - Beauty Therapy

The tutors here really want you to pass, are helpful and make you feel inspired and confident. At the moment I’m enjoying waxing and spray tanning, and the make-up that we do soon will be fun.

Karen Burnard - Academic Studies

I’m doing the Foundation course to re-train my brain ready for my degree. I’ve rediscovered learning and I’m amazed at what I’ve been able to take in.

Kathaleen Griffiths - Carpentry

The combination of the learning journey and being student rep is strengthening my personal growth and character so I’m becoming more confident.

Katherine Tasker - Applied Management

I love the diversity of our course content. I am discovering a love for marketing which is a total surprise to me. My dream is to be successful – which to me means financially successful as well as waking up to do something I enjoy every day.

Katherine Watkins - Carpentry

I especially love learning about the bigger tools and how to use them safely. And I’ve fallen in love with the hand router. I had no idea it existed and I love using it.

Katika Terry - Foundation

We have a strong class bond in the course because we’re all motivated to move our lives forward. We’re all here for different reasons so it makes an interesting mix of people.

Keiran Davis - Carpentry

I’m loving being around people who love what I love, and it opens your eyes to be amongst people with different ideas and attitudes. The tutor is excellent and finds a way that works for how I like to learn.

Kelly Retimana - Apiculture

My classmates are all adult students and we’re here because we want to be, so it’s a great learning environment, and the tutor has been in the industry so can give us feedback on both commercial and domestic situations.

Kelsey Lawrence - Painting

The best part of this course is that we’re out there doing up a community building in town, not just sitting in a classroom.

Kereama Bedggood-Noa - Civil Engineering

I’m enjoying the drawing, which is a real surprise to me. It looks complicated but on the computer it’s so easy. It’s very satisfying when you get all the components together.

Kieran Baker-Petkovich - Automotive

I’m full time Dad for my three year old so the challenge is balancing study with the time with my daughter, and NorthTec is really flexible and supportive around that.

Kim Cullen - Carpentry

The practical work in the workshop is the best part of the course for me. I like working with my hands but I’m amazed at how much I don’t know about the building industry. I have developed a different appreciation and respect for all the layers of k…

Leah Land - Cookery

The best part of doing the course is learning things that I didn't know existed. We get a window into other cultures.

Leah Land - Foundation (Social Work)

Some aspects of science are a challenge but once I get the breakthrough moment and understand something, I love it. We have three cool tutors who all have different styles and I’m learning lots.

Leandro Morales-Delgado - Digital Arts

It’s surprises me how much I’m loving everything about it so far and this is a really nice learning environment. We’re learning things in depth and that makes the study more interesting.

Lequesha Rutherford - Te Reo

Learning Te Reo is already boosting my confidence. It’s bringing back early memories of when I first heard it spoken. I love learning more about Maori protocols

Linda Cook - Te Reo

Doing this course is changing my perception of myself, my own whakapapa and my tupuna.

Louise Wairepo - Horticulture

I love the touch of the soil and being amongst the smell and growth of the plants.

Luisa Zoing - Applied Writing

The Applied Writing course is online, all of the tutors are writers and we have online forums with the other students. At first I felt different from them but then I realised I just have my own style and I’m enjoying the varied perspectives.

Lyndon Hopkins - Hunting and Pest Control

I’m keen to help the next generation spend more time outside and to serve as a role model for them in some way. We have this amazing natural resource in the north and I want to encourage youth to enjoy getting out amongst it.

Lynlee Bird - Social Work

There are a whole heap of surprises within this course. We learn about life and we learn about our own development and in doing so we develop and grow as people.

Lyric Moa - Farming

I love everything about the course and I’m even getting through the written assessments OK. The students are a good team and some of us knew each other from school.

Mahinaarangi Reihana-Kopa - Maori Arts (Visual)

I’m being encouraged here to explore past my own boundaries and to dare to be different in order to fulfil my potential. It’s exciting keeping a visual diary and I’m getting great grades. I’m starting to value myself.

Makuini Cherrington - Raranga (Maunga Kura Toi)

Weaving has literally made up the fabric of the social, economic and spiritual development of our people. Now I’m seeing the value on every level.

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 have a small class with direct access to the tutors.

Melanie Cuddy - Nursing

I’d love to work in the Ministry of Health of Education where I could impact and implement policies that affect kids. Children in poverty don't have much control of what is happening around them and someone needs to speak up on their behalf because …

Mereana Leituvae - Weaving (Raranga)

This course has broadened my perception of art. I don’t just look at it visually now but I look at what the artist is communicating. Our whānau of students here watch each other grow and help one another.

Meretiana Povey - Food and Beverage Service

I’m a people person and my nature is approachable and gentle so I think my hospitality manner is natural.

Michael Pereira - Mechanical Engineering

I’m loving having a play on the machines and the course is a lot more hands-on than I expected. I’m also surprised at how good I am on the lathe.

Michelle Haoni Heihei - Mental Health and Addictions

I'm developing even more of a deep passion for helping those people out there who are struggling with addiction and mental illnesses.

Mikaere Wiki - Sport and Recreation

I really appreciate the smaller class size here, getting to know our class mix of domestic and international students, and the one-on-one access with the tutors.

Moniroth Chan - Sustainability

Plants are the best therapy and they need to be nurtured - just like people do. It’s great for me learning from other like-minded students and the tutor.

Naketa Bonselaar - Applied Science

I love being amongst students who are keen to learn and tutors who are dedicated and enthusiastic about what they are teaching. Our classmates come with backgrounds ranging from beauty therapy, to water treatment to the arts.

Nan Zhang - Architectural Technology

I especially love the CAD and the modern technology that we use. It’s fast and the results look really professional.

Natalie Cossey - Sport and Recreation

I’m one of the youngest in our class and I love the range of ages and backgrounds. The tutors are so available, accessible and supportive and we’re getting a chance to network with industry contacts.

Natasha Hall - Mental Health

Balancing the full-on energy of my baby at home and this study is a challenge but there is a lot of self-directed study involved with flexibility of timing and fantastic tutor support.

Ngakuru Penney - Forestry

The best thing about the courses is that we learn totally on the job with the tutor when he comes on site.

Nicholas Kemp - Apiculture

We plan to put up a purpose built honey extraction and processing shed that will be the basis of an industry on the peninsula, but first we need to get on with learning the basics.

Olivia Brookland - Beauty Therapy

This course can really open doors and has made me so happy and confident. This is an international ticket and longer term I want to be a professional make-up artist for famous people.

Olivia Sweeney - Hospitality

Another aspect I enjoy is that we learn how to train others, so we work with school students who are keen to learn. I’m surprised at how much the tutor goes out of her way to expose us to employers and the industry.

Paige Lloydd - Beauty Therapy

There is such a huge difference from school and I really look forward to coming here every day. The environment is great and the classes and students are fun but we still learn so much.

Patricia Matthews - Commercial Transport

“NorthTec’s tutors also have great connections and networks with people locally and throughout New Zealand that can help us get a foot in the door of the industry as students. I was able to gain some work experience with Manganui Logging Trucks, whi…

Paula Walker – Horticulture

“Come to NorthTec to study because it’s supportive, there are easy steps to follow, you can learn a lot from the tutors who are passionate about different things, and, it’s fun!”

Pene Burns-Kingiwaiaua - Carpentry

“The best thing about being at NorthTec is that it is close to home, I didn’t have to move away from my family. I like everything about this programme – the building, the people in my class because we are all here for the same reason, and my tutors.”

Percy Fepuleai - Mental Health and Addictions

I want to help my kids strive by showing them that their parents can study and do well. I’d love to now move on into Social Work and help others with addictions.

Puāwai Leuluai-Walker - Social Work

I’ve learnt a lot here about how to work respectfully with others. I’m strong in who I am and I can assert my opinions, and I’m learning to respect diversity.

Rata Marrah - Food and Beverage Service

The paperwork was a bit of a challenge but the tutor helped me, plus I went home and studied in the evenings - and I finished top of the class.

Renae Maree Couche - Foundation (Vet Nursing)

With the help of the tutors here I now understand that people all learn differently and that I can learn. I have the right help here. I dreaded school but I really like coming to the course and I’ll be able to into vet nursing when I pass Foundation…

Renee Skinner - Agriculture

This course is helping push me out of my comfort zone to try new stuff and then I find out it’s easy.

Richard Pawa - Applied Management

I was involved in middle management and could see flaws at the higher levels but without the relevant knowledge, I couldn’t affect any change, so I started my study in Applied Management.”

Roha Herbert - Forestry

Doing the course has changed my life and enabled me to live up here. I’m earning real money doing real work and it’s good fitness training in the process.

Rookie Zhu - Cookery

Learning here is so different than in China because there they tell you how to solve the problem. Here you learn how to solve the problem yourself.

Ryan Donaldson - Social Work

The course has helped me from a personal level right through to broadening my whole worldview and has given me tools for my kete that I can use every day.

Ryan Mills - Automotive (Vocational Skills)

I’m planning to get into the military to train in automotive engineering. I’ve always known that’s what I’ve wanted to do and this course is my first step on that journey.

Sacha Pou-Tito - Mechanical Engineering

I’d always been interested in mechanical things and used to love watching my Dad fix the car, but working at Marsden Point made me realise that it was something I really wanted to take further. I looked through lots of training options and settled o…

Sam Fish - Cookery

If you want to chance at something, just do it. I kept telling myself I couldn’t do this, then one day I told myself to shut up. And I just got on with it.

Sam Henry - Pest Control

By doing this course I’m proving to myself that I can follow my heart and be successful. I can trust myself. Follow your heart because your head will follow that.

Samuel Tarrant - Cookery

“Having worked with people in the industry that had come through NorthTec’s Cookery programme, I have seen first-hand the quality of training they received, so coming to NorthTec was an easy choice for me.”

Sean Smith - Occupational Health and Safety

My recovery journey has fuelled my motivation to help people take really good care of themselves on every level in their life and work.

Shahn Allen - Cookery

I previously loved to bake cakes but as my horizons have broadened, my passion has moved from bakery to butchery. I’m a carnivore, I can cook a mean steak, and I love learning about the cuts to the extent that I’m wondering about doing a butchery ap…

Stacey Roy – Automotive

“This course is really hands-on. It’s only three days a week and we work in a workshop on real cars. These cars are brought to us by people around Kaitaia who might not be in a position to afford taking them to a mechanic. We work on them, gain the …

Tamryn Power - Applied Writing

This course is broadening my horizons as well as extending my writing. I thought I’d write children’s books and poetry, but now I’m wondering about a novel.

Tara Marshall - Carpentry

I love the hands-on approach. It’s enabled me to really ‘get it’ in a way that I couldn’t do if it was just on paper. It’s still a challenge for me to picture the projects from the plans and drawings, but I’m actually doing it and it’s really satisf…

Taukiri Dudley – Construction

“It has been difficult for me to be back in the classroom after over 30 years, but the tutors have been really awesome in helping me with the process. The whole class is really encouraging and we all help each other.”

Te Awarua Pihema - Painting

When you’ve been stuck, the first step is the hardest. Once you’re over that, you’re flying!

Te Marie Beirne - Hospitality (Youth Guarantee)

I love creating the meals, finding out what’s involved in that, and learning about the ingredients and the history of the food. The tutor is amazing and gets us to work as a real team.

Teresa Tua - Restaurant Service

I’ve gained so much more confidence in myself now. I also want to inspire other mums to step out and up. The steps and support are here to get on a study pathway.

Tessa Wilson - Applied Arts

It’s great being able to do what you love and get a degree out of it. I want to be an art teacher and this qualification will give me a lot more options for the scope and context of that.

Tiechar Hill - Nursing

I’m one of 11 siblings and I’ll be the first one to get a degree. It’s making my whānau proud and it is also self-rewarding. My whānau is my motivation.

Tom Taylor - Civil Engineering

A lot of the other students and the tutors are working or consulting as well, so we’re all able to network and give each other professional leads.

Trae Harrison - Agriculture

I love being outdoors every day and learning by doing. This course is nearly all practical and any theory relates directly to what we’re doing.

Trent Knox - Civil Engineering

I have just finished the Diploma and the flexibility of doing it part time while still working made sense. As well as being able to earn, I could put what I was learning into practice straight away.

Trinity Edwards - Sport and Recreation

The training here is so hands-on and I’m loving the community involvement. Some of the papers are designed around Sports Northland events and we get to volunteer at things like turbo-touch in schools.

Tui Riesterer - Academic Studies

An unexpected surprise is the real kinship in our class. The reasons we are here are many and varied and we know that a key part of humanity is to support each other.

Tyrone Woolford - Foundation (Nursing)

"We have heaps of peer support. The other students and tutors are easy to be around so it’s given me confidence. I’ve now got a goal and a plan of how to get there."

Vanessa Arcus - Business Administration

Already I am gaining confidence. In our assignments we had to find and interview someone in the business world and I’m learning how to interact with people on the phone professionally.

Verronica Herewini - Mental Health

The best part of the course is having a tutor who supports each of us in every way. We’re all walking this journey together and the course is part of our own healing.

Vinkal Gaur - Sport and Recreation

I want to specialise in working with high-level athletes like Olympians so the credentials of the tutors here, as top-level performers themselves, was also a drawcard.

Yasmin Bainbridge - Cookery

I have two kids and I thought it may be too late for me to study, but as soon as I saw the pamphlet for this course everything fell into place.

Yehudi Russell - Hospitality

I loved the atmosphere here, and getting to make the coffee in the café – complete with perks.

Zaine May - Painting

As part of the course we students work together on a house for work experience and we work well as a team. We’re a good mix of ages and backgrounds.

Zander Volschenk - Electrical Engineering

Our tutors have a lot of trade connections but we make our own way to getting work experience on Fridays and that can lead to other opportunities.

Zoe Edmonds - Accounting

The best aspect is the other students. The support network you create together and how students encourage and value each other is what makes studying in smaller classes a wonderful experience. The students and tutors are always approachable and will…

Zyanah Mahia - Foundation (Nursing)

This course has really opened my eyes to the value of mainstream education. Before starting this course, I had been too scared and embarrassed to get help but the support is here.