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  • Meet some of our refugee ākonga this World Refugee Day

    World Refugee Day is celebrated around the globe on 20 June of each year. This annual event is a celebration of the resilience and achievement of former refugees who have made New Zealand their home. The focus this year is amplifying the voices of children and youth, showcasing the rich and diverse culture of our ethnic communities.

  • Wintec | Te Pūkenga Hair Design ākonga explore zero-waste salon solutions

    “It’s all about minimising the carbon footprint,” says Michelle Caton, tutor of the Hair Design Certificate at Wintec | Te Pūkenga. “Everywhere we go and in everything we do, we’re thinking about raising awareness to minimise the impact on the environment and when students hear these ideas they’re keen to implement them.”

  • From solo mum to Wintec business ākonga to Wintec kaimahi

    Caroline Stretch worked at Countdown for 20 years when an injury made her rethink her career and prompted her to make a change. While at Countdown, Caroline had gained her liquor licence, first aid certificate, food hygiene certificates and forklift licence. These were the only qualifications she had out of school. A career change would mean retraining, while still undergoing extensive surgery.

  • New Ramp Gallery curator connects art to the classroom and community

    Meet artist and educator Dr Tamsin Green, the newly appointed Ramp Gallery curator. She moved to the Waikato along with her partner in 2020 after a four-year stint in New York and has since become a fixture in the region's art community. She’s now settling into her role at Wintec | Te Pūkenga, focusing on the educational and community potential of Ramp Gallery.

  • Celebrating International Nurses Day

    Nurses play a vital role in our health care. Without nurses our hospitals and health centres wouldn’t be able to operate. Today is International Nurses Day and we have so many amazing nursing students and kaiako at Wintec | Te Pūkenga that we want to thank them for all of their hard work.

  • Wintec celebrates 30 years of ground-breaking Māori nursing programme this International Nurses Day

    This International Nurses Day, Wintec | Te Pūkenga will be celebrating a major milestone for its Tihei Mauri Ora Māori nursing programme, which has been improving Māori health outcomes in the community for 30 years. On Friday 12 May, founders of this ground-breaking programme, past students and others who have been instrumental in the programme’s journey are coming together to celebrate the past, and look to the future for Māori nursing in Aotearoa.

  • Students get ready to cook off at Culinary Fare

    The 18th Annual Waikato Culinary Fare will take place late next month and entries are now open. Wintec has proudly held the Waikato Culinary Fare, in partnership with Cater Plus, since its conception in 2004. Almost 300 intermediate, secondary and tertiary wannabe chefs showcased their skills at the Waikato Culinary Fare last year and this year the competition is expected to get the kitchen just as hot.

  • Nursing students advocate for all marae to have AEDs

    Wintec nursing students are advocating for all marae to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed. Nesca Bowlin, Academic Staff Member at Wintec | Te Pūkenga Centre for Health and Social Practice had the privilege of travelling to Whakatane to visit our nursing students on the final week of their Rural Health Immersion Programme industry placements in February.

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