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Wintec graduates create their world

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In the space of 12 months Richard Boobyer has gone from studying in classes with sometimes only 10 people to having his every move watched by hundreds of thousands on national television.

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One-time TV3 newsreader, now Target presenter and Radio Live jock, Carly Flynn has fond memories of her time as a journalism student at Wintec. But, what she really wants to talk about is what she can offer graduates entering the field.

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Barbara Jordan remembers a time when Wintec was known as 'Hamilton Technical College' and students went out to work at age 15 or 16. Sixty years on, a group of past graduates still meet annually.

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What is particularly inspiring about the Bernards whanau is the support they give to one another in all aspects of their lives. And five family members, across three generations, have studied at Wintec.

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Nikki Close always knew she wanted to be a nurse and enrolled at Wintec (then Waikato Polytechnic) when she was 16. Read more. Now CEO of Te Aroha Community Hospital she likes to keep close ties with Wintec.

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Gopher jobs are common these days - usually junior start-up positions in big organisations where you're expected to "go for this". Few of us, however, would think of making a career of a gopher job. But that is just what Letitia Buckle has done.

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Daniella Meier

Daniella Meier – Waikato Pathway to Podium Coordinator for Sport Waikato

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Sean Huirama – Sean Huirama is a man with many hats – his time is split between several jobs in coaching, personal training and strength and conditioning. 

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Nick Read – Nick Read completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2014. He now works for KiwiSport as a Rugby League Officer for the Waikato District.

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Brad Mayo - Brad Mayo is a Wintec graduate who was willing to put in the hard yards early, and it has paid off with both a wealth of knowledge and respect in the industry.

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Kimberley Ebbett - Well I graduated almost a decade ago now so quite a bit has happened. Straight out of my degree I secured my first job at Fairfax Media. From there I moved into my first communications role for the NZ Transport Agency.

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Brian Squair - I completed my Wintec studies, got my first job within an Architecture Practice. I moved to Australia for 3 years to further my study whilst working part-time in a local practice to fund my studies. On completion returned to NZ, I worked as a Freelance designer for a number of years, until taking up a role at Chow:Hill Architects in 2002.

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Fiona Jackson - Fiona, along with friend Joe Hitchcock has recently finished filming ‘Penny Black’. We recently caught up with Fiona for a quick Q&A. Check out her answers below:

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Steve (Stretch) Bell - My favourite time at wintec was the hands on learning and having tutors who were always available even outside hours to help out. I still am in contact with some of the tutors.

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Ryleigh Hayes - As with any field or industry in this world, be it sport or entertainment, there is always the one to watch. The one who is on top of their game, leading the pack, and filled with potential that’s just waiting to be unleashed. For the world of women’s rugby, the one to watch is Ryleigh Hayes.

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Cairo George - Since finishing Wintec, Cairo has been working as a personal trainer running his business from a home-based gym and working out of Les Mills Hamilton. Cairo’s professional boxing career has also excelled since holding an undefeated pro record of 11 – 0 (five wins by knock-out).

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Since childhood Karina Ormsby has always been mad keen on sport. It was this passion that initially led her to complete a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Wintec.​ 

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Martin Carroll has been working for Genesis Energy for the last 13 years, and is currently a Senior Energy Trader. However, his career all started in 1991, when new to New Zealand, Martin enrolled to study a year-long Office Systems and Technology course at Wintec. ​

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Helen Bryant

There’s nothing like moving countries to make you consider a career change …  to Counselling! - Helen Bryant

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“Whatever started for me, started from Wintec … Wintec is doing an amazing job.” - Robbie Sidhu

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