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  • Shining a light on Wintec refugee students for World Refugee Day

    World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on 20 June and shines a light on the rights, needs, and dreams of those forced to flee. This year, World Refugee Day focuses on solidarity with refugees – for a world where refugees are welcomed.

  • “You see, a successful life is one full of the very ordinary”

    Jessica Kraenzlin credits her whānau for getting her to where she is today and looks forward to a career in service of others. Jessica Kraenzlin, who had graduated with Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling was chosen to be the final graduation speaker at the fourth and last ceremony for 2024, which saw students from Health and Social Practice celebrate their achievement.

  • “It wasn’t an easy journey to say the least. I have a young family and I’m the bread winner”

    Brooklin Toia says study wasn’t easy, but the end result has yielded a brighter future for him and his young family. Brooklin Toia, graduating with a New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing and Drainlaying (Level 3), was Tuesday morning’s student speaker. The third graduation ceremony celebrated students from the Centres for Engineering and Industrial Design, Applied Science and Primary Industries, and Trades.

  • “The limit of what I thought I was capable of only ever existed because I let it exist”

    Peony Smith-Tahere says it’s important to let failure guide you, to show up for yourself and keep pushing boundaries. In the second of Wintec’s four graduation ceremonies, students from Wintec’s Centres for Business and Enterprise, Information Technology, Sport Science and Human Performance, and Design Factory NZ took to the stage celebrate their graduations. Chosen to be the voice of her peers at this ceremony was Peony Smith-Tahere, who was graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Information Technology.

  • “And just like that, I had grabbed my dream”

    Bridget Barnett, student speaker at Wintec’s first graduation for 2024 used the end of Covid lockdown as a launchpad to follow her dream and make her mark on the art world. The Monday morning ceremony celebrated students graduating from the Centres for Education and Foundation Pathways, Languages and Media Arts with the student guest speaker Bridget Barnett who graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Art.

  • Award-winning Wintec wāhine plumbing student riding a pipeline of success

    Maria Contreras Huerta, 22, has always been intrigued by plumbing. Figuring out how water gets from one place to another and what systems are needed to make that happen fuelled her desire to get into the trade as an adult. Maria is currently completing her apprenticeship at Morrinsville Plumbing and Gas Services (MPG). She wraps that up in August and from there will be set to graduate from Wintec next year. Along the way she has picked up several accolades and become a speaker for women in trades.

  • Students have their moment to shine on stage at Wintec graduation celebrations

    Wintec graduates from across all disciplines were encouraged to push boundaries, be authentic, better themselves, learn from failure and grab their dreams at the 2024 Wintec Graduation ceremonies. More than 2000 students graduated from Wintec for the year of 2023, with around 880 students crossing the stage in four ceremonies across two days at Claudelands Globox Arena.

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