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hangerei’s Rodney Nelson has won a gold medal
at the national WorldSkills competition, and will
compete with New Zealand’s “Tool Blacks” team
in Germany next year.
It is a fantastic achievement for Rodney to win in the
automotive technology category, especially as he specialises
in diesel-powered tractors and WorldSkills is all about petrol
Despite the two fuel systems being completely different,
20-year-old Rodney was determined to enter the competition,
and he proved he could do it, winning gold for tasks such
as stripping and rebuilding a gearbox, and diagnosing and
resolving a brake system fault.
Rodney works at Cervus Equipment in Whangarei – a John
Deere tractor supplier, and he is completing an apprenticeship
through New Zealand Motor Industry Training Organisation
Inc (MITO) to achieve a National Certificate in Motor Industry
(Automotive Heavy Engineering) with a strand in Agricultural
If motoring is your passion and you wish to fast-track your
career in this industry, contact MITO for an apprenticeship
that is suitable for you.
0800 882 121 or www.mito.org.nz
romwell College’s Year 12 and 13 Outdoor Pursuits and
Rural Academy programmes will set you up for an
exciting future. You will live in the Cromwell College
Apartments and develop life skills under the supervision
of experienced and caring managers.
The popular and successful Apartments Programme includes
a Rural Academy, limited to six students attending the Central
Lakes Trades Academy through the Otago Polytechnic for one
day a week and complete a National Certificate in Agriculture.
This is complemented by a Sunday programme of valuable work
experience on the wide range of farm types in the Cromwell Basin.
This programme is designed to be an ideal stepping stone to
further tertiary study.
In the Outdoor Pursuits Programme you take on long-weekend
sea kayaking, an adventure race, rock climbing, mountain biking,
skiing/snowboarding and tramping.
Outdoor Pursuits Director Bill Roxburgh is impressed by the
calibre of the students, many of whom take the opportunities to
build their outdoor leadership skills and earn NCEA credits while
working towards an outdoor leader qualification.
Principal Mason Stretch says the opportunities available for
Apartment students are tremendous. “Not only do you have the
Outdoor Pursuits or Rural Academy but also quality schooling
with a full range of NCEA subjects and a wide variety of sporting
and cultural opportunities”.
The college has access to facilities that include a swimming
pool, hockey turf, aquatic centre, auditorium, full gymnasium and
large sports grounds.
An apprenticeship at MITO paves the way for a national
title and gold medal.
Cromwell College gives you real life experience while still at school.
creativity that you have and turn it into a rewarding and
challenging career that could take you around the world and
along a variety of paths such as Visual Merchandising, Cruise
Ship Florist, Interior Design, Flower Wholesaler, Wedding or event
As seen on The Block, the school is situated in the heart of the
Auckland Flower Markets. Students receive expert training by passionate
and innovative tutors, using the latest equipment and techniques. Every
student is given individual attention as classes are kept small.
The school runs NZQA Level 2, 4, and 4 advanced, which are student-
loan approved. You can make an appointment with senior tutor, Dale
Lee-Lo, to get more details.
(09) 573 1314 or www.floristry.school.nz
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Motoring to success: Rodney Nelson
Cromwell College’s Outdoor
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