Careers Event at Te Kura Maori o Porirua


 “Find your passion and you will never work a day in your life”

The start of the school year was off to a great start for Te Kura Maori o Porirua Year 9-13 students. A two day careers event, coordinated by Partners Porirua and school staff, saw local experts share their work experiences with students.
It was fantastic for the students to hear first-hand about all the different career pathways. A resounding message from all the speakers was to find something you are passionate about, give it your all and your job will be a joy. There are lots of people out there to help you get to where you want to be.

The Mayor Mike Tana talking about
his work experience journey

           Dale Williams talking about             apprenticeships

As Education Partnership Facilitator it was a wonderful project to be a part of, there is so much support in the business community to share their knowledge and passion with the next generation. 

Student feedback was very positive with Kamiria DeMuth saying, “I really enjoyed this experience because it gave me an idea of what I want to do”.

On day one, the speakers included Phillip Reidy whose experience included being CEO for BOC gases, setting up the Pauatahanui Lighthouse Cinema and owning and operating an apple orchard. Adrienne Murray who runs a Human Resources company, Vai Leavaiseeta who is a Lawyer at Whitireia Community Law Centre and Alma Higgins a Microbiologist at ESR.

Students with Vai Leavaiseeta after
her law  presentation

 Phillip Reidy sharing a wealth of
information and  experience

 Day two saw another raft of motivating and informative speakers. This included our Mayor Mike Tana, Jhial McGregor a Youth Coach and Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Dale Williams who is a current City Councillor and also a qualified Motorcycle Engineer and Michael Whinray a Civil Engineer Cadet for Downer.


 Some staff and students ready
to listen to the next speaker


Students with Michael Whinray
from Downer

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