Waiariki Wins Scrapheap Challenge 2015

30 Jul 2015

Congratulations to Certificate in Welding and Fabrication students Anthony Tangohau and Brandon Cowan, plus Matthew Schou of the Certificate in Engineering and Automotive Skills for winning the Scrapheap Challenge in Tokoroa yesterday – bringing the title home to Waiariki!

As these photos show, every year the competition has gotten better and better. This year, other teams included Putaruru College, Tokoroa Intermediate, Forest View and Tokoroa High School, who all battled to create a sculpture from scratch and scrap in the limited time provided.

“My passion from engineering comes from my grandparents. My granddad was a welder to, so I like to think I’m making him proud,” says Anthony, as he talks about his hopes to stay in Tokoroa post graduation.

“It feels pretty good to win. I freaked out a little, but enjoyed the challenge of coming up with something from scrap, and I’m pretty proud with what we come up with. It was close though.”

With the Scrapheap Challenge entries getting better and better every year, the team have become a source of pride for their Waiariki tutors.  

Matthew Schou backs his teammate Anthony's excitement. "Today’s competition was mint as. It was a bit of a challenge but cool. I wasn’t even meant to be here, but they needed someone to fill the gap, so I just stepped in."

"I've done creative stuff before but nothing like this," saying the idea for the team's winning bike creation came as soon as they saw two wheel rotors in their given pile of 'scrap', Matthew says he enjoyed the event as much as he does his tertiary studies.

"I'm loving my study with Waiariki. I got a job through it, working down at SWIPE on the CNC machines, so it’s really good." Looking to pursue a mechanics apprenticeship after graduation in Hamilton, Matthew advises future students to aim high. 

"If you really enjoy welding you should definitely enrol. I mean why not? Just follow your dreams."

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