Student Profile

Carpentry - Taukiri Dudley

Taukiri Dudley – Construction

Taukiri came to NorthTec to gain skills she could use on her own land. She first studied horticulture and is now completing the NZ Certificate in Carpentry.

“It’s all about living sustainably on the whenua for me,” she says.

Taukiri spent most of her working life in hospitality. She says: “It’s nice to hang up the waitressing piny and put a tool belt on - you get a lot more gear in it!

“I like the practical side of this course, it’s really hands on. I’m the oldest one in my class but that doesn’t bother me – you’re never too old to pick up something new.

“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. I wouldn’t of come back to complete my level 3 certificate after the level 2 if it wasn’t for their help and motivation, telling me I can do it. It’s really family-orientated here.

“My personal motivation is for me to show my kids and their kids about the importance of education. It wasn’t a priority when I was growing up, but it definitely is now.

“NorthTec has been great. After I’ve finished, I need to go out and put these skills I’m learning into practice. This course really does get you job-ready so everyone here can take up an apprenticeship or a job straight away.”