24 October 2017 – Construction students had the opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity when they unveiled their recent projects to family and friends at the NZMA Moa Street campus.
Tutors gave a wide brief, so students could work on individual or group projects to showcase the skills they had been learning. It was their time to shine, and this was certainly the case to all when the projects were unveiled on Thursday 19 October to a full house.
After spending some weeks honing their skills, students created chairs, coffee tables, side tables, drawers, video cabinets, a bar, kids’ kitchen benchtop, and a wharenui.
NZMA student Oliver O’Neill worked on a kids’ kitchen station which will be finding a new home at Country Village Pre-School at Pukekohe. Oliver said, “My little girl is only 3 years old, and she’ll be impressed I’m sure!” And Grace certainly was, with her excitement showing through when she was playing at the station.
Another NZMA student Bior Deng worked on a wharenui and his family were really thrilled for him. All his family came to support him and his mum, Martha said, “When Bior told me what he had been working on I couldn’t believe it, but I knew he’d do a good job, and be so professional about it.” Bior had a double reason to smile tonight, as he also won the coveted Player of the Week award.
Also on campus was Matt France, an NZMA Electrical Engineering student who has just graduated and is now undertaking the exciting process of interviews. After 33 weeks, Matt is now awaiting the right apprenticeship. He showed how he had mastered the course with the electrical board that was fitted on site. He said, “The team here was fantastic, everyone was really helpful, chatty and easy to get advice from. I really enjoyed understanding the physics side to electronics – it was super fascinating.”
NZMA Regional Manager, Monique Le Marque said, “What a fantastic evening for everyone involved. Our students have created such wonderful and practical items which really highlight the skills they are learning. It was great to see our tutors beaming with pride, and also the family and friends of our students, who were really impressed and even surprised by the skills on show.”
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