Student Success Stories

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    Student Dreams to Answer Nursing’s Male Call

    26 Oct 2016 - Kawerau local, Wayne Andrews has spent 2016 chasing his dream of becoming a nurse.

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    5km Run Leads To Healthier Lives For Foundation Students

    22 Sep 2016 - Goals were broken in all the right ways yesterday, as our Certificate in Vocational Skills (CVS) sports students overcame personal hurdles (not to mention the rain) in order to complete a 5km run!

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    Varun Kumar - New Zealand Bartender of the Year

    31 Aug 2016 - It has been a wild year for Varun Kumar. Graduating from WBoPP in November of last year with a Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management, he recently was named ‘Bartender of the Year’ at the New Zealand Culinary and Hospitality Awards for his work at Rotorua’s Sudima Hotel!

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    Egenia Aucamp's Student Kitchen Design To Be Built Into Charity House

    01 Jul 2016 - English teacher, Egenia Aucamp attended 2015 INSPIRE "unable to draw". Today she had her kitchen design approved to be built inside this year's Waiariki Charity House.

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    Byron Dewar - From Eketahuna Logger to the Diploma In Forest Management

    24 Jun 2016 - “I’m just the logger from Eketahuna aye, but sometimes you just have to think big,” says Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic student, Byron Dewar.

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    Adventure Tourism Graduate Turns Outdoor Passion Into A Career

    09 Jun 2016 - You’ve seen him on our billboards, but Kane Nikora is his own success story, employed with Kaitiaki Adventures just one month after graduating from Waiariki’s Certificate in Adventure Tourism.

  • Culinary Swiss Scholarship Career Affirming For Waiariki Graduate thumbnail image.

    Culinary Swiss Scholarship Career Affirming For Waiariki Graduate

    03 May 2016 - Seeing Switzerland and Italy while on a five week scholarship creating Swiss breads and chocolates may sound like a dream for some, however earlier this year it became a reality for Waiariki graduate, Rebekah Watson.

  • Gavin Wallace, making a career out of art and healthcare thumbnail image.

    Gavin Wallace, making a career out of art and healthcare

    28 Apr 2016 - Gavin Wallace has always loved painting and other creative endeavours so nearly a decade ago he enrolled in an art programme at Waiariki. At the same time, he was also weighing up the idea of studying toward the Bachelor of Nursing.

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    Skillme's Ashlee Ashmore Finishes Top In Carpentry

    26 Apr 2016 - The SkillME Māori and Pasifika Trade Training initiative at Waiariki aims to create accessible high-quality trades skills for Māori and Pasifika students aged 16-40, backed by a high level of pastoral support. SkillME scholarship recipient, Ashlee Ashmore finished her Certificate in Carpentry at the top of her class.

  • Working At Lakeland Queen A Joy For Tourism Graduate thumbnail image.

    Working At Lakeland Queen A Joy For Tourism Graduate

    21 Apr 2016 - These holidays many people will be heading out on the Lakeland Queen​, across beautiful Lake Rotorua. Visitors from China will be greeted on-board by Waiariki Bachelor of Tourism Management alumna, Tina Qian as their translator.

  • Kayla Broad Finds Forestry Career No Joke thumbnail image.

    Kayla Broad Finds Forestry Career No Joke

    22 Mar 2016 - Just one more year to go and Kayla Broad will be turning a would-be joke into a career.

  • Running Own Salon Worth The Wait For Alumna Rhona Duncan thumbnail image.

    Running Own Salon Worth The Wait For Alumna Rhona Duncan

    08 Mar 2016 - Hairdressing graduate, Rhona Duncan, runs Riverslea Hair Salon and Barbering in Edgecumbe. She still remembers overcoming her fears of returning to tertiary study at Waiariki as a mature student.

  • Alumnus Sarah Ziessen Has Advice For Tomorrow's Artists thumbnail image.

    Alumnus Sarah Ziessen Has Advice For Tomorrow's Artists

    18 Feb 2016 - Sarah Ziessen is one of the latest Waiariki graduates to join a small but growing list of the institute’s alumni who are entrepreneurs.

  • Alexandra Finds Studying Beauty At Waiariki An Eye Opener thumbnail image.

    Alexandra Finds Studying Beauty At Waiariki An Eye Opener

    15 Feb 2016 - Alexandra spent two years working in a day spa, then packed her bags and headed overseas. When she returned to New Zealand, she knew without a doubt that working in the beauty and spa therapy industry was what she wanted to do with her life.

  • Larissa Turns A Love of Forestry Into A Health and Safety Career thumbnail image.

    Larissa Turns A Love of Forestry Into A Health and Safety Career

    11 Feb 2016 - Prior to enrolling at Waiariki, Larissa had enjoyed three years working in the forestry industry – however she soon realised qualifications were the key to unlocking the various career paths she saw around her.

  • Administration Ace And Mum, Dianne Coe Ready To Rejoin Workforce  thumbnail image.

    Administration Ace And Mum, Dianne Coe Ready To Rejoin Workforce

    09 Feb 2016 - The thought of returning to Waiariki as an adult student never phased Dianne Coe. Now she cannot wait to take part in April’s graduation ceremony, and have her proud family see her walk across the stage.

  • Self-Confidence Boost A Bonus For Taupo Business Graduate, Renee thumbnail image.

    Self-Confidence Boost A Bonus For Taupo Business Graduate, Renee

    04 Feb 2016 - Renee Fletcher realised she needed to get qualifications to back up her history of work experience, and began juggling raising her family with student life in order to be competitive in the modern job market.

  • From Dad's Garage To Employment, Mereana's Waiariki Story thumbnail image.

    From Dad's Garage To Employment, Mereana's Waiariki Story

    02 Feb 2016 - Mereana Holley-Wall is an employed graduate of Waiariki’s Certificate for Entry to Automotive Trades now, but her education in vehicles started at a much earlier age.

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    Sport Scholarship Helps Cosmo Reach For The Stars

    15 Jan 2016 - Hospitalised in 2014, Cosmo Bloor’s goals have come after a year of hard work and training. Training made possible thanks to the Waiariki Academy of Sport Scholarship he received. These scholarships allow students to gain an industry recognised qualification, while receiving professional coaching for their sporting career.

  • Haans' Success - One Of Our Youngest Baking Graduates Speaks thumbnail image.

    Haans' Success - One Of Our Youngest Baking Graduates Speaks

    14 Jan 2016 - Haans Paraki-Webber completed the Diploma in Patisserie and Bakery this past November. He was just 15 years old when he began his tertiary studies in late 2014.

  • Timber Machinist, Wayne Grant Raves About Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Timber Machinist, Wayne Grant Raves About Waiariki

    11 Jan 2016 - Draughtsman, Wayne Grant, didn’t know anything about the forestry industry when he returned from Australia with a young family, all he knew was he wanted a more hands-on career.

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    Hairdressing Graduate Delivers On Promise To Her Late Father

    18 Dec 2015 - Having finished school to look after her sick father, Leeza Nicoll applied to join the Certificate in Hairdressing at Waiariki Institute of Technology's Taupo Campus, to give her dad pride over her future direction.

  •  Sonia Mozahid Turns From Waiariki Student To Tutor thumbnail image.

    Sonia Mozahid Turns From Waiariki Student To Tutor

    14 Dec 2015 - For most people, balancing parenting with full-time study is enough of a juggling act, however Postgraduate Diploma in Management student, Sonia Mozahid has taken that challenge one step further, by stepping up to teach personal and interpersonal communication as part of our Summer Semester programme.

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    Kawerau Rest Home Seeks Waiariki Graduates

    27 Nov 2015 - Taking care of the elderly at Kawerau’s Mountain View Rest Home/Hospital has received a massive boost, with the hire of ten locally trained Waiariki graduates to assist with caregiving duties.

  • Loss Leads to Ambition for Young Kawerau Mum thumbnail image.

    Loss Leads to Ambition for Young Kawerau Mum

    26 Nov 2015 - Tessa Thornton is just one of the many young lives being given renewed direction through local delivery of Waiariki’s Certificate in Smart Study and the National Certificate in Health, Disability and Aged Support.

  • Social Work Allows Jason Walker to Make a Positive Change thumbnail image.

    Social Work Allows Jason Walker to Make a Positive Change

    11 Nov 2015 - “I saw a lot of people struggling in life, through my schooling, through my family, and I wanted to advocate for them to have a better life,” says Jason Walker, on his inspiration to enrol upon Waiariki’s Bachelor of Social Work.

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    Alumni Speak On The Wai Ora-Waiariki Connection

    03 Nov 2015 - Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is one of Rotorua’s elite tourist experiences and an avid employer of Waiariki graduates. In fact, with the retreat’s multi award-winning Mokoia Restaurant, it may surprise many to learn that the kitchen staff achieving this success are also Waiariki alumni. We speak to some of the alumni involved.

  • Power Tool Virgin To House Builder, Carpentry Student, Korina Te Hou thumbnail image.

    Power Tool Virgin To House Builder, Carpentry Student, Korina Te Hou

    28 Oct 2015 - “When I first enrolled at Waiariki, I had never picked up a power tool.” says Certificate in Carpentry (Level Four) student, Korina Te Hou proudly. “Then my tutor said to me ‘Oh we start building the charity house February’, and I was like ‘Aye? Wow, cool!’

  • It’s the ‘Life of Josutty’ for Waiariki's Delti Jeeson thumbnail image.

    It’s the ‘Life of Josutty’ for Waiariki's Delti Jeeson

    16 Oct 2015 - 'Life of Josutty' has been a massive success in Indian cinemas. One of the film’s stars and current Waiariki Graduate Diploma in Mentoring and Professional Leadership student, Delti Jeeson, feels her upcoming graduation will be her second ‘dream come true’ for 2015.

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    Hairdressing Students Recognised With Adult Learner Awards

    30 Sep 2015 - At the recent Adult Learners Awards in Taupo, two of our local Waiariki Certificate in Hairdressing students proved a cut above the rest. We spoke with Nen and Summer Twentyman about their success and why a hairdressing career is exactly their colour.

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    Waiariki Proves Life Changing For Health and Rehabilitation Graduate

    08 Sep 2015 - Diploma in Health and Rehabilitation graduate, Gurpreet Kaur Pahuja says her experience studying at Waiariki Institute of Technology is one of the most admirable moments of her life.

  • Waiariki Wins Scrapheap Challenge 2015 thumbnail image.

    Waiariki Wins Scrapheap Challenge 2015

    30 Jul 2015 - Congratulations to Certificate in Welding and Fabrication students Anthony Tangohau and Brandon Cowan, plus Matther Schou of the Certificate in Engineering and Automotive Skills for winning the Scrapheap Challenge in Tokoroa yesterday – bringing the title home to Waiariki!

  • Fraser Mihinui, On Work Experience While Studying Carpentry thumbnail image.

    Fraser Mihinui, On Work Experience While Studying Carpentry

    29 Jul 2015 - Fraser Mihinui is no stranger to construction sites. Built off a lifetime fascination with the industry and his experiences as a labourer, he turned to Waiariki to take his skills to the next level. Now partly employed even prior to graduation, we'd say he's succeeding.

  • Waiariki's Scott Zhang - Wai Ora Resort's Marketing Superstar thumbnail image.

    Waiariki's Scott Zhang - Wai Ora Resort's Marketing Superstar

    22 Jul 2015 - Scott Zhang is loving life, having graduated from Waiariki with a Bachelor of Tourism Management he is now firmly employed at Rotorua's multi award-wining Wai Ora Resort and Spa as Group Sales Marketing Manager for Asian markets.

  • Micheal Dent Wins Charity House Interior Design Contest thumbnail image.

    Micheal Dent Wins Charity House Interior Design Contest

    29 Jun 2015 - Micheal Dent has joined a rare group of Kiwi interior design students. Having had his concept chosen for inclusion in the 2015 Waiariki Charity House, he will graduate from his qualification at Waiariki with one of his designs already built into a modern home and available for auction.

  • Candice Gong Loves Tourism Management At Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Candice Gong Loves Tourism Management At Waiariki

    04 Jun 2015 - When tourism is your dream industry, nothing beats studying at Waiariki in Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s ‘must see’ destinations. This led Candice Gong to enrol upon our Bachelor of Tourism Management and now she is well on her way to reaching her dreams.

  • Trades Academy's Kayla Wood Heads To Barista Comps thumbnail image.

    Trades Academy's Kayla Wood Heads To Barista Comps

    28 May 2015 - Kayla Wood is more than ‘just’ Head Girl at Reporoa College. She is a motivated young lady whose passion for hospitality has seen her excel at the Bay of Plenty Trades Academy, to the point where she has now been selected to compete at the Waikato Culinary Fare.

  • Employed Graduate, Joseph Andrews Backs Carpentry At Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Employed Graduate, Joseph Andrews Backs Carpentry At Waiariki

    21 May 2015 - When a move to Auckland failed to impress, Joseph Andrews was struck with the idea of returning to Waiariki to enrol in the only subject he ever liked at high-school, Carpentry.

  • Study During Pregnancy Brings Career Success For Jenny Patterson  thumbnail image.

    Study During Pregnancy Brings Career Success For Jenny Patterson

    13 May 2015 - Jenny Patterson was looking for a career change to match having relocated from Taupo to Rotorua. Selecting the business industry as her goal, she decided to get some formal qualifications behind her and turned to Waiariki.

  • Jean Aroha Adams Follows Her Sister's Hairdressing Success thumbnail image.

    Jean Aroha Adams Follows Her Sister's Hairdressing Success

    05 May 2015 - Jean Aroha Adams started hairdressing at the age of 17, when a detour in life saw her swap cutting hair for milking cows. Over a decade later she has returned to her roots, inspired by her baby sister Ashleigh’s success as a Waiariki hairdressing graduate.

  • Agriculture Graduate Shane Boynton Finds Farming Its Own Reward thumbnail image.

    Agriculture Graduate Shane Boynton Finds Farming Its Own Reward

    30 Apr 2015 - “That’s just for the cows,” Shane Boynton jokes as I highlight the size of the stereo in the cowshed we are standing next to. “It helps wake us up in the morning.” As we talk you can see how much he loves his new full-time job on a farm just outside Whakatane. A job made possible by studying the Certificate in Agriculture at his local Waiariki campus.

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    Te Rua Wallace Named 2nd Runner Up At Miss World New Zealand

    28 Apr 2015 - A HUGE congratulations goes out to Waiariki’s Te Rua Wallace, a motivated young lady who came second runner up in the Miss World New Zealand event last weekend.

  • Graduate Deepak Nair Finds Hospitality Career In Stunning Te Anau thumbnail image.

    Graduate Deepak Nair Finds Hospitality Career In Stunning Te Anau

    28 Apr 2015 - Kerala, in the south of India is a long way from the Distinction Hotel and Villas in Te Anau, New Zealand, but that is the path Deepak Nair has travelled thanks to choosing to study the Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management at Waiariki.

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    Returning To Study Provides Sweet Treat For Culinary Arts Student

    22 Apr 2015 - “I’ve been in and out of kitchens for 25 years without qualifications, and it has got to a point where I want a qualification so it takes me from a cowboy to a chef,” says Taupo’s Mark Dalzell.

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    International Forest Management Students Excited By Career Options

    14 Apr 2015 - New Zealand’s forestry sector is a world leader, so it only makes sense that Waiariki attracts students from all over the world, looking to learn industry skills in the heart of the kiwi forestry empire, Rotorua. We sat down with three international students of our Diploma in Forest Management, to get their thoughts on the true variety of careers the industry offers.

  • Adam Marsh Scores A Trifecta of Qualifications With Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Adam Marsh Scores A Trifecta of Qualifications With Waiariki

    09 Apr 2015 - Taupo’s Adam (Arama) Marsh is aiming for a trifecta. Having completed his Certificate in Practical Logging and Certificate in Vocational Skills (C.V.S.) with Waiariki, he is now hard into his Diploma in Culinary Arts (Level 4)and setting his sights on what lies beyond.

  • Nicole Goossens

    Nicole Goossens "I feel happy doing what I love – I feel complete”

    02 Apr 2015 - There has been a BIG change in Nicole Goossens since we first interviewed her. Not only has she now finished her Diploma in Culinary Arts and been employed full time to the point where she is now hiring Waiariki graduates, her pride has gone through the roof.

  • Former 'Ratbag' Keanu Taylor Turns Life Around, Taking Top Honours thumbnail image.

    Former 'Ratbag' Keanu Taylor Turns Life Around, Taking Top Honours

    30 Mar 2015 - By his own admission, Keanu was a “ratbag” who used to “hang around with the wrong mates and do a lot of a dumb stuff”. However by becoming his own hero and not just taking but realising the opportunities offered to him by further study at Waiariki, Keanu has evolved.

  • Culinary Arts Brings Out The Flavour Of Taupo's Jordane Peri thumbnail image.

    Culinary Arts Brings Out The Flavour Of Taupo's Jordane Peri

    18 Mar 2015 - Culinary arts student Jordane Peri is well aware of the ingredients needed to reach her own goals, having recently graduated in our Taupo graduation ceremony, she is already well into the next step on her path towards her dream career.

  • Jeremy Baldwin - From Logger To Forestry Supervisor With Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Jeremy Baldwin - From Logger To Forestry Supervisor With Waiariki

    27 Feb 2015 - Jeremy Baldwin was a logger, now after completing the National Diploma in Forest Management at Waiariki, his career as a supervisor is starting to take flight.

  • Arts Alumna Mahora Massey Excited To Be Part Of Scott Park Project thumbnail image.

    Arts Alumna Mahora Massey Excited To Be Part Of Scott Park Project

    09 Feb 2015 - Mahora Massey is wrapt that the painted murals she has helped complete are going on permanent display in Scott Park. Working with a variety of a local schools, and community groups, each mural is done in partnership with the public, who both supply the brief and their mural’s finishing touches.

  • Mother of Four Takes to Early Childhood Education thumbnail image.

    Mother of Four Takes to Early Childhood Education

    28 Jan 2015 - Violet Raharuhi realised how much she enjoyed being around children and enrolled upon Waiariki’s Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education. With the graduate mother of four having found herself full-time employment we sat down to ask about her experiences.

  • Beauty Therapy Students Find Diploma Highlights Their Passion thumbnail image.

    Beauty Therapy Students Find Diploma Highlights Their Passion

    22 Jan 2015 - With three eras of students having graduated from Waiariki’s Diploma in Beauty Therapy, we spoke to three students from three different levels to see how they were faring so far.

  • Postgraduate Study Takes Michele Weston To The Next Level thumbnail image.

    Postgraduate Study Takes Michele Weston To The Next Level

    12 Jan 2015 - Michele Weston gained her New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) at Waiariki and was quickly snapped up by Millennium Hotels and Resorts. Nine and a half years on, and now sales manager, Michele decided it was time to “up the ante”, returning to Waiariki for postgraduate study. Here is how she found it...

  • Age Proves Only A Number For Accountant Assistant Hana Phillis thumbnail image.

    Age Proves Only A Number For Accountant Assistant Hana Phillis

    16 Dec 2014 - Katrina Te Hana Phillis (Hana) was in her forties when she walked into a classroom of eighteen to twenty-four year old students at Waiariki and sat down as one of them. Now fully employed, we spoke to Hana about her goals.

  • Solo Mum Turns Business Woman - Rosalea Shaw's Waiariki Journey thumbnail image.

    Solo Mum Turns Business Woman - Rosalea Shaw's Waiariki Journey

    08 Dec 2014 - Unemployed solo parent Rosalea Joy Shaw, decided to turn her life around by enrolling at Waiariki in 2011.

  • Richard Rooney Succeeds At Hospitality Management With Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Richard Rooney Succeeds At Hospitality Management With Waiariki

    26 Nov 2014 - Perhaps fate dictated Richard Rooney’s career choice, perhaps not. One thing certain is that getting a job at Rotorua’s Treetops Lodge whilst at school led to being general manager at a prestigious luxury lodge at a young age.

  • Miranda Ellis: Made of the Right Mettle thumbnail image.

    Miranda Ellis: Made of the Right Mettle

    25 Nov 2014 - For Miranda Ellis, opening her business E&H Mechanical was only a shifting of gears. Expanding to cope with demand, she has gone from being a Waiariki Automotive and Engineering student, to employing Waiariki Automotive and Engineering students. We speak to her about her success.

  • Pasifika Whanau Make Nursing A Family Affair thumbnail image.

    Pasifika Whanau Make Nursing A Family Affair

    21 Nov 2014 - They say a career in health is a calling, but for four local young Pasifika ladies it also runs in the family. What is extra special about this quartet is that there is one member studying on every level of Waiariki's Bachelor of Nursing. We sit down with the ladies to talk aspirations and motivations, one being the sad passing of the sisters’ father.

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    Waiariki Days Leave Legacy For Jason Paul Lougher

    18 Nov 2014 - A former student of Waiariki’s Diploma in Business, Jason Paul Lougher has enjoyed an incredible career. One which has seen him work at prestigious accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and recently return to Whakatane, co-founding Legacy Accountants Limited.

  • Hairdressing Alumna Andrea Delmarter Looks To Successful Summer  thumbnail image.

    Hairdressing Alumna Andrea Delmarter Looks To Successful Summer

    17 Nov 2014 - Andrea Delmarter combined work and study at the same time, and now reaps the benefits. Not only is she employed full-time, she recently completed her National Certificate in Hairdressing exams.

  • Teenage Mum, Dheane Allison Finds Career After Study thumbnail image.

    Teenage Mum, Dheane Allison Finds Career After Study

    11 Nov 2014 - Dheane-Shonelle Allison is more than the smiling face of Waiariki’s Whakatane campus reception, she is a living role-model to all who walk through its doors.

  • Joshua Jellard Nails His Carpentry Goals With Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Joshua Jellard Nails His Carpentry Goals With Waiariki

    10 Nov 2014 - Joshua Jellard has worked hard in the construction industry over the last five years and now his efforts have paid off, as he has finally achieved his National Certificate in Carpentry through Waiariki.

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    John Paul College Students Excel At Bay of Plenty Trades Academy

    30 Oct 2014 - Yesterday, Waiariki hosted the Bay of Plenty Trades Academy prize-giving, recognising all the achievements of the high-school students who have chosen to 'Step ahead'. Today, we spoke to three students from Rotorua’s John Paul College about how it felt to take part in the popular initiative, aiming to bridge secondary and tertiary study.

  • Paul Bottomley Provides Fresh Ink for Local Tattoo Scene thumbnail image.

    Paul Bottomley Provides Fresh Ink for Local Tattoo Scene

    30 Oct 2014 - Self-determination saw Paul Bottomley enrol in Waiariki’s Diploma in Art and Design (Advanced), and recently co-found Rotorua’s latest skin art studio, The Black Owl Tattoo Studio.

  • Waiariki Student Wins Incubator Scholarship, Launches Own Label thumbnail image.

    Waiariki Student Wins Incubator Scholarship, Launches Own Label

    17 Oct 2014 - Diploma in Fashion Technology student, Sarah Seerden has just won an incubator scholarship, and intends to use the highly-prized boost to further launch her own fashion label 'SarSee'.

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    Interior Design Student Lands Job at Innovative Kitchens

    15 Oct 2014 - Having found a job with Rotorua's Innovative Kitchens, mother of three, Amber Anderson calls her decision to study Interior Design at Waiariki well worth it.

  • 57 Year Old Thomas Tumai, Studies Leadership At Waiariki  thumbnail image.

    57 Year Old Thomas Tumai, Studies Leadership At Waiariki

    30 Sep 2014 - When a chance came along for Thomas Tumai to engage in some further study following the closure of his school in 2012, he opted for the Rotorua campus of Waiariki Institute of Technology.

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    Alan Solomon Mixes The Humanitarian And Media With Waiariki

    18 Sep 2014 - It has taken many years and many paths, including the Air Force, fitness training, real estate and insurance, but Alan Solomon believes he has finally found his calling – the ability to tell authentic stories via the media.

  • Mobin Mathew Achieves His Tourism Dreams With Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Mobin Mathew Achieves His Tourism Dreams With Waiariki

    11 Sep 2014 - Since we last spoke to Mobin Mathew, he has landed a full-time job within the New Zealand tourism industry. We ask him for his tips on finding your dream career.

  • Hoete Mitai-Ngatai Finds Sport And Business Mix Well At Waiariki thumbnail image.

    Hoete Mitai-Ngatai Finds Sport And Business Mix Well At Waiariki

    09 Sep 2014 - Mentoring and encouragement combined with maturity led Hoete Mitai-Ngatai back to study and he loves it. Here is his story.

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    Coritta Ruiz Finds Moving To New Zealand To Study Worth It

    04 Sep 2014 - Returning to study as an adult student was a huge undertaking that involved moving countries and parting from her family, but 33-year-old Coritta Gabiana Ruiz considers it has been worth it. Here is her story...

  • Adventure Tourism Student, Connor Hamilton Lives Up To A Legacy thumbnail image.

    Adventure Tourism Student, Connor Hamilton Lives Up To A Legacy

    02 Sep 2014 - Life is sweet for Connor Hamilton. He completed the Diploma in Adventure Tourism at Waiariki, got a great job with Mountain Bike Rotorua and, to top it off, was selected as a member of the New Zealand mountain biking team. We speak with him about his success.

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    Zara Mathews' Creation Wins At Miss Teen New Zealand

    21 Aug 2014 - Waiariki fashion student, Zara Mathews' creation based on New Zealand's iconic silver fern took out 'Best National Dress' at Miss Teen New Zealand 2014.

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    Arts Alumni's Nelson Gallery Blows Minds (And Glass)

    13 Aug 2014 - Angelene Thompson's career in art has seen her go from a Waiariki student to director of Nelson's Lustre Gallery. Now producing astonishing works in a variety of mediums, we asked how Angelene felt looking back on her time at Waiariki.

  • Carpentry Student Stephanie Barnes Finds Her Foundations thumbnail image.

    Carpentry Student Stephanie Barnes Finds Her Foundations

    12 Aug 2014 - Being one of the first women on Waiariki’s Certificate in Carpentry hasn't stopped Stephanie Barnes from fitting in perfectly with her classmates, as they strive to build this year’s Waiariki Charity House.

  • Academy Of Singing And Music Students' 'Kiwi' Showcase Wows thumbnail image.

    Academy Of Singing And Music Students' 'Kiwi' Showcase Wows

    08 Aug 2014 - Waiariki’s Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance class brought the house down yesterday afternoon at Rotorua’s Mitchell Downs Tavern, as part of their qualification’s assessment process. We speak to one of the students responsible.

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    Student Voice 2014 Inspires Waiariki Student Representatives

    05 Aug 2014 - This year Waiariki was proud to be represented by two international students at the Student Voice conference in Wellington. We ask Vandana Sharma and Clairine Chriszilia how it felt to be selected to attend the popular event.

  • Hairdressing Dolly Comps Bring Out Student Colour thumbnail image.

    Hairdressing Dolly Comps Bring Out Student Colour

    01 Aug 2014 - Taneatua local (and Waiariki hairdressing student) Natalia Misty Hope has taken out the annual Dolly Competitions, an event which proved a cut above when viewed from any angle.

  • By The Numbers: A Love Of Maths Gives Caitlyn's Future Wings thumbnail image.

    By The Numbers: A Love Of Maths Gives Caitlyn's Future Wings

    10 Jul 2014 - Caitlyn DeSanges thought when she finished her schooling at Western Heights High School that would be ‘it’ as far as education went. Upon finding Waiariki's business qualifications appealing, she has now graduated from one, started another and become fully employed in the process. Here is her story.

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    Samoan Community Values Drive Nursing Student To Succeed

    03 Jul 2014 - Determined to follow her passion and make a difference in her Samoan community, New Zealand-born Lilly White-Ofisa moved her family from Auckland to Rotorua so she could attend Waiariki Institute of Technology.

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    Waiariki Wins Big At Rotorua Hospitality Awards

    01 Jul 2014 - Waiariki Hospitality Tutor Thomas George received the Restaurant Association of NZ 'Icon of Hospitality' at the Rotorua Hospitality Awards night - the same ceremony which named former Diploma in Hospitality Management student, Jasdeep Singh 'Outstanding Waiter'.

  • Interior Design Student To Deck Out 2014 Charity House thumbnail image.

    Interior Design Student To Deck Out 2014 Charity House

    27 Jun 2014 - Student Melissa Cameron has just landed a 'scoop'. Her interior design project was chosen to become the official interior of the 2014 Waiariki Charity House. Yes - before she even graduates, she will have a house outfitted in her style. We asked her how that felt.

  • Kharl-William Wirepa Heads For New Zealand Fashion Week thumbnail image.

    Kharl-William Wirepa Heads For New Zealand Fashion Week

    26 Jun 2014 - We speak to Miromoda's 'Supreme Award Winner' and 'Best Emerging Designer', Kharl-William Wirepa about his goals and keeping grounded in success.

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    Waiariki Street Art Puts Semester 2 InFocus

    18 Jun 2014 - Waiariki's Certificate in Art and Design students have painted three chalk art murals around the CityFocus center, aimed at generating awareness of Semester 2 enrollments.

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    Fashion Student Kharl-William Wirepa Heads To Miromoda

    11 Jun 2014 - We speak to year two Waiariki fashion student, Kharl-William Wirepa who has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Miromoda competition.

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    Maori TV Airs Waiariki Academy of Music and Singing Story

    10 Jun 2014 - Watch the 'Native Affairs' story, showcasing the success of Waiariki's Academy of Singing and Music.

  • Peer Support Key For Bachelor Of Early Childhood Education Star thumbnail image.

    Peer Support Key For Bachelor Of Early Childhood Education Star

    20 May 2014 - Bachelor of Early Childhood Education student, Karley Walker, knows powerful. Based in Tokoroa and now studying the second year of her qualification at Mokoia Campus, she has had more than just study and travel to contend with.

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    Rugby Minded Students Find Futures In Sports Qualification

    14 May 2014 - We ask a few of the rugby and league focussed students from Waiariki's new sport qualifications why the classes are proving so popular with the next generation of athletes.

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    Diploma In Sport Helps Students Prepare For The Future

    12 May 2014 - Waiariki's Diploma In Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership (Sport Management and Coaching) is already proving a hit with the next generation of athletes wanting to advance their careers. We spoke to NZXC team member Dirk Peters and road cyclist Sam Phipps for details.

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    Waiariki Students Compete At MTB World Champs In Cairns

    29 Apr 2014 - Last weekend, the NZXC Racing team competed in the UCI Mountainbike World Cup in Cairns, Australia.

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