Waitomo News : 18 February 2014
Waitomo NeWs Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5 King Country Kitchens www.kingcountrykitchens.co.nz 49 King St West, Te Kuiti• 07 878 8820 • 021 646 961 WELL DONE SAM!! We are so proud of what you have achieved KITCHENS • LAUNDRIES • BATHROOMS Celebrating success at Shear Art Hair Design Well done on your achievements Paige. We are so proud of you! Rora St, Te Kuiti Ph: 07 878 8313 Email: email@example.com Our professional team will take care of all your haircare needs...it’sall about you, when you visit our salon. TWO young Te Kuiti apprentices have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication by scooping two regional awards in their respective industries. In December, Sam Whatarangi (22) was named Wintec’s Apprentice Joiner of the Year and presented with his certificate for outstanding achievement at Wintec’s Ro- tokauri campus in Hamilton last week.. Continuing the success, hairdresser Paige Cox (22) was named Wintec’s Most Out- standing Year 3 Student and will be present- ed with the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) award at Wintec’s city campus in Hamilton on March 27. TOP OF THE CLASS Sam, a former Te Kuiti High School student, began working at King Country Kitchens (KCK) as a 15-year-old “sweep up boy” before starting his apprenticeship there in 2011. Currently completing his final block- studies at Wintec in Hamilton, Sam is ex- pected to complete his apprenticeship (8000 hours) by the end of the year to become a fully qualified joiner. The third-year apprentice credits his suc- cess to ongoing encouragement from KCK owner Richard Pethybridge, his mother Mar- ia Sullivan and father Rangi Whatarangi. “When I was told about the award I was happy as,” he says. “It was awesome to show my friends and family that if you stick at something good things can happen. “It was also cool to know that all the hard work I’ve been putting in is now pay- ing off.” Sam’s advice for other young apprentices is to “aim high”. “Be prepared to work hard because noth- ing comes easy,” he says. “And if it is easy than it’s probably worth nothing.” Mr Pethybridge says Sam’s dedication to his craft will take him a long way in the joinery industry. “He is an extremely hard-working, intel- ligent young man, with a great sense of humour and we feel privileged to have him working for us.” Sam also featured in Number Twelve’s 2014 Young Achiever calendar (Waitomo News, January 23) which highlighted 12 of Waitomo’s most promising young people. A CUT ABOVE Paige, a former Piopio College student, be- gan studying hairdressing at Wintec in 2011 and is also on course to qualify this year. Since April 2012, she has been working as an apprentice at Shear Art Hair Design in Te Kuiti gaining valuable on-the-job experience under owner Suzie Hoare. Although Paige says the past three years have been tough, travelling to Wintec in Hamilton for studies, she is determined to complete the four-year course to make her mother Bev McIndoe proud. “My mum is a hairdresser, and although she is wheelchair-bound now, she inspired me to follow in her footsteps. “Even now when I have an exam I will talk it over with her first which really helps. “I simply couldn’t have done it without the support of my mum and close friend Hilary Dixon.” Paige, who cares for her mother three days a week, says receiving notice of the Wintec award two weeks ago was a very proud mo- ment for mother and daughter. “After working so hard and sitting so many exams it was really nice to get that recognition. “My advice to other apprentices is, don’t give up, and keep pushing yourself. “It can be hard at the start but the re- wards are there if you just keep at it.” Mrs Hoare says Paige has a bright future in the hairdressing industry. “She is a responsible young woman who takes her job very seriously. “It is a pleasure coming to work with her as she is cheery, friendly and drama-free. “We are all very proud of what she has achieved.” Once qualified, Paige hopes to “one day” open her own salon. Apprentices take top regional awards YOUNG ACHIEVERS: Te Kuiti’s Paige Cox (left) and Sam Whatarangi both scooped top Wintec apprentice awards in hairdressing and joinery respectively.
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