Student Profile


Curtis Mehana - Painting

When Curtis Mehana finished school, he tried his hand at automotive engineering and worked in the demolition industry before finding his passion in painting and art.

“I love studying. I’ve already finished an automotive engineering course in Kaitaia and now I am finishing this Painting course, and I want to move to Whangarei next year to start a Bachelor of Visual Arts.”

With his artistic flair, Curtis realised a passion for art when as a class project, the students painted the buildings of the Kaitaia campus.

“This has been my favourite part of this course. It’s hands-on and practical and we’re not always stuck in a classroom. It’s pretty cruisy too!”

Curtis’ determination to finish the course and get his certificate at the end has kept him going.

“My passion is learning and art, that’s what kept me going. Seeing the end result after you’ve finished painting makes it really rewarding as well.”

Curtis says his tutor has taught him a lot throughout the course. “Especially the prep work and how to get a surface ready for 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.”

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