Produced by Wellington Institute of Technology                                                              November 2012

WelTec is pleased to bring you the November issue of our Connection magazine linking industry and our stakeholders with the latest WelTec news and achievements


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WelTec Launches New Hospitality Campus in Wellington City

Launch photos

The Wellington Institute of Technology School of Hospitality launched its new campus in Cuba Street Wellington on 24 October 2012. The Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment addressed those attending which included business leaders from the hospitality industry, secondary schools, funders and policy makers. The Minister complimented the staff and students and acknowledged industry for driving the setting of the new campus in the Wellington CBD. He said it was really fantastic to see the campus in full swing. Steven Joyce also acknowledged the hard work of the WelTec team in producing a top quality hospitality school in the CBD. He noted that WelTec was answering the call to get closer to industry and the new campus provided an excellent environment for staff and students.

WelTec staff displayed their skills with molecular gastronomy provided by Ben Shadbolt and Scott Campbell, sugar sculptures by Robert Bok (ex Sky City, now WelTec tutor) and Paul Gibbs with cocktails by Paul Smith and Alex Hewitt. Guests were treated to a fabulous culinary and hospitality experience. The student team who won the 2012 Toque d’Or spoke to those attending about their victory while other students provided front of house and cooking services.

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Ruth PrettyRuth Pretty, Chairperson of the WelTec Hospitality Advisory committee, compared the campus to a cooking school she had recently visited in New York, "The new Wellington campus exceeds anything I have seen to date with seven state of the art kitchens, which are shared with Le Cordon Bleu NZ, creating a very modern learning experience for those seeking to train for a career in the hospitality industry."

People can train for all levels of the hospitality industry with WelTec. More information about programmes on offer at the new campus can be found here.

Industry and members of the public are invited to pop into the new campus and for those who want to take a more detailed look around you are invited to contact Nick Taylor on

With the School sited in Wellington there will be more opportunities for industry to contribute to programmes enhancing the student learning experience. If you are interested in our programmes, delivery style or want to participate please contact

The training restaurant will be open again in 2013. For bookings and more information contact

World Class Education Available Locally

Left to Right: Hon Nathan Guy, WelTec/Whitireia Councillor Ron Wilkinson, WelTec Head of Construction Neil McDonald, WelTec Chief Executive Linda Sissons, Prime Minister John Key, WelTec Carpentry Tutor Richard Carter, Whitireia Chief Executive Don Campbell.Prime Minister John Key visited WelTec’s house building site at Otaki on 10 August 2012.

Linda Sissons, WelTec Chief Executive, welcomed the Prime Minister and Hon Nathan Guy, MP for Otaki to the building site which comprises WelTec’s Certificate in Carpentry programme. "These are our students and this house shows what they have learnt," said Linda Sissons. "These are the people you need to be looking to for the Christchurch rebuild effort."

John Key explained to students that New Zealand needed skilled crafts people. The Prime Minister was speaking to students who had just completed their Certificate in Carpentry at WelTec’s house building site at The Clean Technology Centre in Otaki. The Prime Minister said New Zealand will need many more skilled people in the construction industry to rebuild Christchurch and to fix the country’s leaky homes.

The Prime Minister went on to congratulate WelTec and Whitireia for investing in trades training in the region and for working together to offer world class education locally.

Don Campbell, Whitireia Chief Executive explained the advantages of having two Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics working together to provide trades training on the Kapiti Coast which was now more available compared with 18 months ago.

For one WelTec student, Chris Aitken it was day one on the job with Northface Construction. His boss, Chris Beggs said having a local tertiary level training programme where students learn by building a house was invaluable.

"House building is a busy industry on the Kapiti Coast. We need young people with the right skills and attitude and employers are now more willing to take them on - it helps our business and the economy to grow. Most importantly young people are given an opportunity to learn a trade and be set up for a future in the building and construction industry. When I started out I didn’t have an opportunity to learn like this. This is a great initiative which has my support. The opportunities with the Christchurch rebuild mean that young people like Chris should seriously think about this industry for a future career."

Pasifika Trades Students Ready to Take New Carpentry Skills to Market

Reverend Nove Vailaau (far left), Reverend Tavita Filemoni (far right) with Pasefika Trades Students – Samisoni Laukau, Enisila Lotaki, L.A. Moemai  outside their completed house at WelTec.

15 carpentry students of Pacific Island descent put the finishing touches to a house they have been building all year as part of their study towards a Certificate in Carpentry at WelTec.

The Pacific Island Scholarship students are part of the government’s Pasifika Trades strategy where 300 are being trained in trades required for the rebuild of Christchurch and to support infrastructure developments across the country.

Acting Dean of the Trades and Technology Faculty and Head of the School of Construction at WelTec Neil McDonald, who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, commented on the outstanding quality of the house which has been sold on the open market and is about to be transported along with two other houses to the Coromandel. "This is our first intake of Pacific Island students. They have studied and worked hard all year as a team to complete this house. I’m very impressed with the detailing for this build. The students will be an asset to any employer."

A unique feature of the project has been community support, provided by Pacific Church Ministers who quickly got behind the project when it was announced in late 2011. Reverend Nove Vailaau, one of the Ministers who was involved in promoting the initiative from the start, commented that it was heartening to see Pacific Island people succeeding in their programme of study. He congratulated the students for producing such high quality work. "WelTec students, along with those studying at Whitireia, are part of the push to get more Pacific Island trainees into the trades. This is a great initiative. The students finishing this week are now ready to take their carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating, and electrical skills to the market and make a contribution. Every Pacific Island girl and boy in the country would love to have an opportunity like this."

WelTec’s Pasifika Advisory Committee, with community members representing each of the seven major nations in the Pacific, also provided liaison and support for the students.

The students come from different backgrounds – some straight from school like L.A. Moemai who always wanted to be a builder. "I want to go on and study a level 4 qualification in carpentry next year at WelTec. I need a job in the industry to do this and with what I’ve learnt this year I’ll be in a good position to do both."

Another student, Enisila Lotaki came to study at WelTec after working in a variety of jobs. "My children and grandchildren provide the inspiration to me to get this qualification. I want to make my family even prouder and work in the building and construction industry whether that is in Wellington or Christchurch."

Linda Sissons, Chief Executive of WelTec acknowledged the hard work required by the students to get to this point. "WelTec wants to train more Pacific Islanders. Having a tertiary qualification is important – it provides a key signal to employers that a prospective employee has the right skills and attitude to make a big contribution in the workplace."

Chief Executive of the Institute of Engineering and Technology Presents in Wellington
to Metro Group

Nigel FineInspiring young people to choose engineering as a career, is the biggest challenge faced by the field today, according to Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Mr Fine was speaking to a group of multi-disciplinary engineers and education specialists at WelTec, as part of the National Metro Advisory Group meeting, in October. He explained that the western world faces a skill shortage in engineering which is accentuated by misconceptions held by young people, and
a lack of sticking with the right subject choice at secondary school.

“We want young people to consider a career in engineering, or at least to continue taking the STEM subjects of maths and science, beyond the age of 14," Mr Fine said. "We want to say if you do this your career options will be much greater. Engineering skills branch out into many other careers as well. They expose you to a wealth of opportunities and you are likely to enjoy higher pay and job mobility."

The image that young people hold in their minds about engineering often works as a barrier that needs to be overcome,
Mr Fine says. “They are not sure what an engineer does and hold a perspective that engineering is a difficult field and one that is more suited to boys, and this is simply not the case."

Mr Fine was part way through an intensive trip from IET’s base in London, which took in Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. He was speaking to interested groups and international volunteers about IET, the largest membership organisation for engineering and technology professionals in Europe.

The not for profit organisation is dedicated to distributing knowledge of benefit to people worldwide, and donates over NZ $1.9 million dollars in awards, scholarships and grants, towards furthering the work of young engineers. It helps students in the UK find employment by providing careers support, networking, professional registration, links with industry and mentors, Mr Fine says.

It has 153,000 members in 127 countries, with 800 members in New Zealand, where it has a partnership with the Royal New Zealand Navy. Members have access to an extensive multidisciplinary engineering information base online and in print.

Mr Fine identified potential goals in his presentation, which included identifying and initiating an IET champion in polytechnics among the staff. He would like to see an engagement with local networks and a New Zealand forum which would also explore IET Course Accreditation.

WelTec is a member of the Metro Group along with five urban Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.

WelTec Connect Update

WelTec Connect Limited’s Centre for Smart Business contributes to the sustainability and efficiency of Lower Hutt businesses.

Silver Lining Project

Rata ProjectLower Hutt’s industrial and commercial sector creates nearly 1/3 of the city’s waste. This waste is extremely diverse and information obtained from the sector shows that while many have implemented simple waste management solutions, almost all organisations have struggled to find solutions for difficult waste streams. Minimising such waste streams going to Hutt City Landfills is the target of a collaborative project between WelTec Connect and Hutt City Council.

Scoping Studies to identify possible recycling / re-use / elimination solutions are currently being undertaken by Bob Robinson in conjunction with local companies such as Z Chemicals and Ferndale Furniture. The types of waste being investigated include MDF dust, pallets, chemical and food waste.

The scoping studies are free of charge to the companies involved, and in return they provide a commitment to implement the identified solutions, thereby improving their sustainability as a business and reducing waste which goes to landfill.

Competitive Edge Programme

Label and LithoSix Hutt Valley companies have taken advantage of significant support funding by the High Performance Working Initiative Fund managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to implement efficient production (Lean) systems into their business.

WelTec, with Grow Wellington and Skills4Work, is embedding the training provided earlier this year to both management and the shop floor. Simultaneous training ensures that all parts of the business have an understanding of Lean Principles and strategies to implement these back into their business.

All of the companies have identified areas of improvement within their businesses including efficiencies in production, reduction of rework, improved internal communications and further training opportunities.

One of the participating companies, Petone-based Label and Litho a self-adhesive label manufacturer, has since won the Manufacturing and Supreme trophies at the 2012 Westpac Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.


Youbike update

youbikeThe much anticipated launch of the world’s first bed mountable cardiovascular exerciser, known as YouBike, was held at RehaCare Expo in Dusseldorf Germany on October 10th-13th.

It was a great success, with 65 dealer enquiries being received from 32 countries. YouBike NZ Ltd has since secured a UK/EU master distributor is well advanced in discussions with distributors in other countries. WelTec Connect Ltd is continuing to support YouBike through the manufacturing process, with the first production run taking place in early 2013.

This is just the beginning of our journey, watch this space.

WelTec Takes it's Expertise to Hong Kong - A Creative Workshop

Happening this year again in Hong Kong – a four and a half day workshop. He Mohiotanga – "Sharing of Knowledge" which is about the multidisciplinary collaborative and project driven principles which inform all the teaching and work in the School of Creative Technologies.

It is also scheduled for next year in Shanghai.

Creative Workshop


Bachelor of Creative Technologies Graduate Exhibition

Bachelor of Creative Technolology Graduate Exhibition - CONTENT

Bachelor of Creative Technologies graduating students showcased the outcome of their three year degree study this month at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington at an evening event with guest speaker Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. 
30 graduating students displayed their work to members of the public and creative arts and technology community on Friday 2 November 2012.  

Celia Wade-Brown speaks at Content ExhibitionThe Mayor acknowledged the work as being of a very high calibre saying that these students were well-placed to become the next Richard Taylors of the creative technology industry. Referring to the drive in New Zealand and internationally for people with the skills the Bachelor of Creative Technologies provides, the Mayor highlighted the job opportunities for graduates particularly on the eve of The Hobbit. She noted that Wellington was a hub for the film and digital industry and with the work on display by graduates she thought Wellington had a strong future to attract young people to stay or return to work for innovative companies located or wanting to locate to Wellington

"WelTec students are equipped to be a big part of Wellington’s future. The city that we’re designing is of a creative, smart capital city. A centre of highly knowledgeable, highly innovative people. A place where our intellectual capital means we can lead the world in ideas, yet call our boutique, compact Wellington home.

Because of our Capital City status we enjoy connections with the world like no other place in New Zealand. It is that connectivity, combined with the workplace evolution toward online interactivity, that makes Wellington the place where talent wants to live"

Suzanne Snively from the governing Council of WelTec and Whitireia acknowledged the students’ hard work to get to this point. She referred to the government’s drive for more qualified people at degree level who can contribute to New Zealand’s economy. She noted that the students’ work showed that their time studying with WelTec had been well spent. Suzanne highlighted the integration of work experience with study as one of the key benefits of the degree so students were well-placed to gain employment on graduation, some of whom had already received job offers or were well on their way to fulfilling their dream of working in the creative technologies industry.

Suzanne Snively"Congratulations to the 30 graduates of the Wellington Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Creative Technologies. I’m very impressed that you have produced this event tonight including mounting the exhibition, fund raising, designing and creating the exhibition space, designing invitations – pretty much everything.

Graduates this evening have developed specialist skills in the fields of photography, illustration, print, publication, spatial design, visual arts and screen based media. As you can see by viewing the exceptional and creative projects on display this evening graduates are showcasing the multi-disciplinary approach exemplified in the Bachelor of Creative Technologies.

Students are encouraged to specialise in their chosen field whilst developing skills that will lead them to work anywhere in this exciting and innovative industry – an industry which is particularly important to the economy of the Wellington region.

The film, digital and creative industry in Wellington is one of the region’s biggest employers with a workforce of almost 9,800 according to the latest research by Infometrics. Half of this workforce is required to have qualifications at degree level and above.."

The students work can be viewed on the following website:

Graduate work

Student Wins National Hair and Make-up Award

wow groupA win in a national hair and make-up award has been a great boost for Wellington Institute of Technology hairdressing student Roha Garland.

Ms Garland from Mt Cook, Wellington, placed first in the Novice Category of the Editorial Stylist of the year in the NZARH Editorial Photographic Awards. The competition required the stylist to create hairstyle, make-up and clothing on a model of their choice, and submit a photographic image suitable for use on a magazine cover.

"It’s been so exciting," Ms Garland says. "I’ve entered other competitions before and placed, but this is the first I’ve won."

The work had to forecast fashion for the up-coming season. Four finalists were selected from 333 industry students nationwide and Ms Garland’s win was announced in Auckland late last month.

Ms Garland bought, borrowed and made the make-up, clothing, jewellery and accessories she used to outfit the model who was Ly Doan, also a WelTec hairdressing student. Larry McMahon provided photography.

She chose to work with canary yellow on her model and showcase a feminine but edgy look, inspired in part by Lady Gaga. "The final image came together as more gothic than what I had expected with a rock feel, but it worked well," Ms Garland says. It took two hours to complete the final hair and make-up for the photography shoot and Ms Garland also worked on location to oversee the modelling.

Ms Garland was flown up to Auckland to receive her award and trophy. She was able to watch the winner selected for the main editorial award which was only open to industry professionals. "It’s been a great chance to network and learn about the industry," she says.

Ms Garland is of Ngati Kahungunu and Greek ancestry and attributes much of her creativity to a rich cultural family heritage. She first studied make-up artistry at WelTec in 2010 and after qualifying worked in the film industry including spending time on Spartacus the television series in Auckland.

Ms Garland explains that while working she saw a preference emerging in employers. "Smaller business in particular would look for stylists capable of achieving a whole fashion statement on one model, rather than being only able to provide make-up artistry like I was," she says.

Ms Garland returned to WelTec to add hairdressing to her skills. After qualifying this month, she plans to work on her portfolio and take on freelance jobs aiming at eventually finding work in the film and television industry.


South African Delegation Visits WelTec

wow group

A delegation from South Africa, representing six tertiary education institutions and the e-Skills Institute visited WelTec on
16 November 2012. Several presentations by tutors on how WelTec uses IT to enhance learning were given, and a roundtable discussion was held on possible areas of collaboration between WelTec and tertiary education institutions in South Africa.

Students step up for WOW

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Having to perfect the hair and make-up of up to eighty models for the WOW awards could be hair-raising for even the most seasoned of professionals in the beauty industry. However it’s a challenge that had Wellington Institute of Technology’s first year students queuing up to take part in.

A team of around 50 WelTec hair and makeup artistry students and staff worked behind the scenes in this year’s Brancott Estate WOW Awards Show. WelTec has been providing all makeup and hairdressing services for the show since 2005, says Debra Hawkins, Head of School for Hair, Beauty and Exercise Science. Ms Hawkins says it’s an incredible opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning to industry at such a top level.

"There are not many opportunities during their learning experience quite as big for them as WOW," says Debra.
"Many are already extremely talented and creative and it’s a chance for them to shine."

Students Briar Maxwell and Adriana Coetzee were among the group taking part behind the scenes in WOW until
October 7. Ms Maxwell worked backstage live to provide hair services for models.

"It’s an incredible experience, we have to change or fix up their styles as they move between costume categories in a really short time," says Ms Maxwell.

WOW is providing $1000 scholarship to three hair and beauty students to put towards further study in 2013.

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