Tak­ing learn­ing to a new level

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

The days of just sit­ting in a class­room to learn are long gone – this year, car­pen­try stu­dents at Whi­tireia are build­ing a house.

Two classes at Whi­tireia’s In­dus­try Trades Cen­tre in Porirua have been learn­ing on the job while they build the house that will be sold later this year.

Stu­dent Ta­mati Mul­li­gan, 18, said the hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence taught him a lot more than just be­ing in a class­room.

‘‘ You learn dif­fer­ent things while build­ing,’’ he said.

When Mul­li­gan left Aotea Col­lage last year, he knew build­ing was what he wanted to do.

‘‘ It’s some­thing I’ve been in­ter­ested in for quite a while,’’ he said.

‘‘I had a plan in my head. I was go­ing to take my pas­sion for car­pen­try to the next level.’’

While he is putting hard work in to see­ing the house com­pleted, he has made sure a piece of him will go with it when it is bought.

‘‘I wrote my name on the foun­da­tion of it.’’

Car­pen­try tu­tor Noel Aunoa said build­ing the house was giv­ing the stu­dents a good un­der­stand­ing of how things worked.

‘‘This is prob­a­bly the best learn­ing tool,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of guys are do­ing a lot of ex­tra work be­cause they en­joy it.’’

The house, in its early stages, was blessed last Wed­nes­day by Ngati Toa.

Bun­nings sup­plied the ma­te­rial for the build.

Sev­eral of


stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the build were re­cip­i­ents of Maori and Pa­cific trades train­ing scholarships.


Built right: From left, Bun­nings ac­counts man­ager Heinz Baker,Whi­tireia chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Camp­bell, car­pen­try stu­dent Ta­mati Mul­li­gan and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett.

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