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Bobby Taipeti
Tūhoe, Te Arawa
Student (2012),

National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills

Background Summary:

I'm hoping to get a job in the building industry and this course is teaching me all the different skills. I'm doing things I've never done before – the basics of building, concreting, fencing, learning how to use the tools, thinking about safety. So far I've made picnic tables and worked on fencing. I work on my marae every day – while I'm learning I'm doing work that helps the marae, and I reckon that's alright. I like building things, working with my hands, being outdoors. It's also good getting to know different people on the course. The tutor is alright, too – he shows you what to do first, so I'm learning by example.