9:11 AM, 18 December 2017

HERA member takes mentoring to another level

 Wintec engineering students Nathan Reidy and Robbie Puncheon working on the prototype with Jemoal Lassey, project engineer at Longveld.

MSC Newswire: When six Wintec Māori and Pasifika engineering students volunteered for work experience at HERA member Longveld recently, they got to work on a very special project. Together they have made the framework for Hamilton’s Matariki Interactive Waka sculpture.

The work undertaken by the students on the waka ‘skeleton’ complemented their trade training as it required them to weld and assist with cutting steel while experiencing a real-world workplace.

Longveld directors Pam and Les Roa launched their business with little more than a toolbox, a welder and some great trade skills in the early '90s. Like HERA, they celebrate innovation and believe very strongly in culture and wellbeing. Their adoption of mātauranga Māori principles added a welcoming, cultural dimension to the students’ experience.

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