Young plumber’s big win

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE GAF­FANEY

As­cot Park plumb­ing ap­pren­tice Cody Akanoa dreamed of fol­low­ing in his drain­layer fa­ther’s foot­steps.

Now, with two elite plumb­ing scholarships, he has big hopes for his plumb­ing ca­reer.

The fi­nal-year ap­pren­tice was re­cently awarded his sec­ond $500 Plumb­ing World Schol­ar­ship at the 2014 New Zealand Plumb­ing Awards.

Akanoa is em­ployed by ap­pren­tice train­ing com­pany Master­link and hosted by Mana Plumb­ing & Drainage.

He said he was sur­prised and en­cour­aged by the award, given an­nu­ally to 10 na­tion­wide Master­link ap­pren­tices who show par­tic­u­lar prom­ise.

‘‘I’m fo­cused on fin­ish­ing my ap­pren­tice­ship right now, but I might look into start­ing my own busi­ness down the track pro­vided ev­ery­thing continues to go well,’’ he said.

Akanoa left Bishop Viard Col­lege at the end of year 12 and did a pre­trade course at Whi­tireia Polytech­nic.

One of his tu­tors en­cour­aged him to do plumb­ing at Weltec and the ap­pren­tice­ship with Mana.

Akanoa said the tu­tor, his bosses and his par­ents were all to thank for en­cour­ag­ing him to work hard at his ap­pren­tice­ship.

‘‘They [his par­ents] pushed me to not give up. I might have got bored and dropped off if they hadn’t en­cour­aged me.’’

Master­link gen­eral man­ager Steve Han­ra­han said Akanoa had been a high per­former.

‘‘Cody is tak­ing on more and more re­spon­si­bil­ity, and through his qual­ity of work and ma­ture man­ner has be­come a val­ued mem­ber of the Mana team,’’ he said.

‘‘His host con­sis­tently rates his work as above aver­age or ex­cel­lent. He has a great fu­ture.’’

Photo: CATHER­INE GAF­FANEY

Hard worker: Mana Plumb­ing & Drainage plumb­ing ap­pren­tice Cody Akanoa has been awarded a na­tional schol­ar­ship.

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