2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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."

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.