Young plumber’s big win
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.’’
Hard worker: Mana Plumbing & Drainage plumbing apprentice Cody Akanoa has been awarded a national scholarship.