Ceremony opens new trades hall

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09 Jul 2015

One year after completing his He Toki ki te Rika (Māori Trades Training) programme at CPIT, Lio Tauanu'u has been back working at the institute's trades campus as an apprentice with Hawkins. Lio and the Hawkins team built the third and final new building for CPIT's current Campus Master Plan programme of construction and refurbishment on both campuses.

Tauanu'u joined the He Toki ki te Rika programme straight after finishing school and has not looked back since. "I think it set me up pretty well because you learn the basic skills of carpentry and get a little bit of a sneak peek at what happens in the real world," he said.

"I am really humbled just to come through the scheme because there have been so many apprentices who have gone through the scheme and gone on to do well."

Tauanu'u started a work placement with He Toki ki te Rika industry partners Hawkins halfway through his year-long carpentry programme and was offered an apprenticeship when he finished his studies. The programme is a Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu initiative that aims to train Māori for leadership positions in the rebuild of Christchurch and beyond.

CPIT conducted a ceremony to prepare the building for use on 3 July ahead of students returning for semester 2 on 20 July. Also at the ceremony was Semiko Tallott-Stuart, another He Toki ki te Rika student who is completing her work placement with Hawkins.

"It's easy to learn in a class but it makes it hard if you don't actually see how it happens or what you need to do. It's easy to read a book but to actually put it into practical, it definitely extends your knowledge a lot more."

The new spaces are designed to be flexible to support more innovative delivery of trades training with greater use of technology and workshop-based theory.

The 1000m2 extension to VE Block includes four new flexible seminar rooms, with an open collaborative learning space for students, a speciality Enamel Painting room, the 760 m2 Trade Hall, a flexible space that will initially be used for painting and a 380 m2 storage area for the whole campus.

Building and refurbishment work at CPIT Trades has been supported by $18.9m of government funding to help CPIT increase the capacity for trades training to support the skills needs of Christchurch.The VE extension completes the current programme of new construction at CPIT Trades. The programme now moves on to refurbishment of VE and V Blocks, while at Madras Street the new Whareora (Science and Wellbeing facility) is open and construction work has begun on Kahukura (Engineering and Architectural Studies building).