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CBTHH newsletter July 2017

Hi there,

Welcome to the first edition of the Wintec Centre for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Hospitality newsletter. We are excited to share with you some of the things that have been happening within the Centre over semester one, and also get some insight into some of our team.

Happy reading! 

Meet Carl Houben – Chef Tutor

Carl Houben has been teaching at Wintec for about the last five years. His role as a tutor in our Centre for Hospitality is all about creating work-ready, confident chefs.

Prior to joining Wintec, Carl held roles as Chef de cuisine at Smith & McKenzie and head chef at Pumice. He also spent time cooking for the rich and famous on the Gold Coast of Australia and at the Hilton hotel in Auckland during the 2003 America’s Cup.

Carl is a big fan of utilising 21st century learning methods in his teaching and uses Facebook as a communication and study tool for his students. He also practices Tiriti O Waitangi methods of teaching and learning, which is all about balancing out the technology aspects of learning with a real life holistic learning approach.

Outside of work Carl is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and holds the rank of purple belt. He also teaches it to children twice a week and enjoys practicing and competing with his daughter. Last year he competed at the national Brazilian Jiu Jitsu championship where he won gold in his division and he’s currently training towards defending the title for 2017.

Culinary arts tutor Carl Houben

Student profile: Shinnel Uerata

Hospitality student, Shinnel Uerata, is getting a head start on her career thanks to Wintec’s Work- Based Learning (WBL) programme, an optional component of the culinary arts (cookery) and hospitality programmes, developed in partnership with some of Hamilton’s top hospitality employers to provide students with relevant on-the-job experience over a four-week period.


While undertaking her culinary arts study at Wintec, Shinnel undertook a WBL placement at Mavis and Co.’s Hamilton East café. Just two weeks into the placement, Shinnel had proven her worth and was hired to work at Mavis and Co. “When I first started cooking in a real (world) environment my head-chef gave me a lot of good constructive criticism which helped me improve my skills.”  Shinnel said she loves working with her team at Mavis, and says they’ve become like family to her. The team at Mavis works with her and schedules shifts around her needs so she can continue her study at Wintec and maintain a good balance with her family life. As a mother to two young sons Shinnel says, juggling study, work and family is a challenge in itself, but it’s worth it.

Two years ago she was working in a job that felt like she was going nowhere fast. “I felt like I was just wasting away.” A tutor, on a parenting course she attended gave her the push she needed to pursue her dreams. That’s when she decided to turn her passion for cooking into a career by enrolling in the Culinary Arts programme at Wintec.  Since then Shinnel has completed the Culinary Arts year 1 programme, received a special award for most outstanding student in her class and is now part-way through the Advanced Culinary Arts programme.

Wintec hospitality tutor Marco Guimaraes, who coordinates the Hospitality WBL programme, said it was hoped the work placements would help students find employment – either directly through it, or as a result of the experience gained. The WBL programme is currently voluntary, but one that he says has helped Shinnel and other students get a head start with their careers. “One of Shinnel's main attributes is her team work, during services at Windows training restaurant, not only would she be two steps ahead of what needed to be done, but she also managed to make time to help others, especially those struggling. Nothing was too hard or difficult for her.”  “New Zealand is in need of more cookery and hospitality graduates, featuring on the government’s long term skill shortage list. Shinnel is exactly the type of person that our industry needs, people who get things done!"

Shinnel Uerata is living her dream but can’t believe it took her so long to figure things out, she says. She hopes her story can inspire others who may have put their dreams aside to just “go for it” too.

“Live the life you want and do something you enjoy doing.  “Now the world is my oyster, I guess.”

hospitality graduate Shinnel Uerata

13th Annual Culinary Fare

We are proud to announce the running of the 13th Annual Waikato Culinary Fare was held on the 6th and 7th of July 2017, at the Wintec Rotokauri Campus, Centre for Hospitality, L Block, Hamilton.


With over 500 entrants, this event showcased both Cookery‚ Restaurant & Bar Service skills and is an opportunity for those who enter to compete with their peers in events ranging from Cup Cakes, Cold Deserts and Savoury Pies through to Magic Box team events, Table Setting, Barista and Cocktails!  We are proud of our continued association with Cater Plus Services for this event.

Since the Fare first running in 2004 we have seen an increased involvement from secondary schools and other tertiary providers‚ with the number of participants rising to nearly 400 last year, and over 500 this year.  We are thankful for the on-going support of all the sponsors involved and the hospitality industry within the Waikato region and beyond.  Without the support of our generous sponsors and Hospitality Industry this event would not be possible.

While the event is an opportunity to showcase Wintec’s Hospitality training facilities‚ the main reason for the event is to provide a culinary competition platform for secondary school and tertiary students and junior hospitality professionals to demonstrate their practical skills and knowledge in a way that demonstrates their creativity‚ innovation and flair.  The idea of the Waikato Culinary Fare came about as a way to bridge the gap for those who go onto compete at the annual National Culinary Fare in Auckland. And for those who do go on from the event to compete in the Nationals, Congratulations to all the competitors from school, tertiary provider or place of work.

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Meet Michelle Caton – Hairdressing Tutor

Michelle Caton is a senior academic staff member in our Centre for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Hospitality. This role involves supporting new and current staff, writing curriculum and teaching both level 3 and level 4 hairdressing.


Michelle started her hairdressing career straight from High School in Gisborne before transferring to Hamilton where she completed her hairdressing qualification.  She then later took a career break and worked in the hospitality industry for a couple of years, before returning back to the hair and beauty industry with roles at the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation as a director stylist and industry assessor. Michelle then went on to work for Rodney Wayne Hairdressing, training apprentices, whilst working at Rodney Wayne she joined Wintec as a casual tutor, which then lead to her gaining a full-time position at Wintec.

As a tutor Michelle believes in leading by example, making the students the key focus and engaging with industry. She’s also all about being open to new and innovative ideas and keeping up with technology in a world that is forever changing.

Outside of work Michelle enjoys spending time with family, sport, travel and socialising.

Michelle Caton

Get Timely

The Centre for Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing have recently launched its new online booking system ‘gettimely’ which is a web based, user friendly booking system, our clients will get an automated reminder send to their mobile phone or email, reminding them of their bookings, clients can book themselves in on line – offering a more efficient and speedy way to book a treatment. 

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Students are starting to use this system and are loving it, the ‘gettimely’ app can be easily downloaded to mobile phone and smart devices anytime, anywhere.  It is current, modern technology that is used across a wide range of industries around the world.  Wintec Centre for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy is the first ITP to pilot this in New Zealand.

timely logo and computers

Update in the Hair and Beauty Space

Beauty Therapy – Post TRoQ – Developing our new Beauty Therapy programme.  Product development workshops will take place in semester two. Final decisions on what Wintec will be developing will be determined later in the year and once approved internally will go to NZQA for final approval. Courseware development will be occurring throughout 2018 ready for first delivery of the all new Beauty Therapy Programmes in 2019.


Hair Design Year 1 Programme

2017 is the first year of delivery for our new Hairdressing programme – Hair Design Year One.  This new qualification combines the New Zealand qualification Certificate in Hairdressing Level 3 including two City and Guilds International qualifications both of which are Diplomas.  It was wonderful to get City and Guilds approval to deliver these two qualifications, giving our students the opportunity to gain a qualification that is recognised across the world.

Hairdressing Level 4 – Post-TRoQ Update

The Hairdressing team have been engaged in Product Development workshops for our new programme Hair Design Year 2, along with industry and stakeholders, and industry feedback visits with Centre Director Sara Towers, and Team Manager Jen Love.  Mid -year the new Curriculum document should be written with approval for the new programme being sought by NZQA later this year.  Courseware development for Hair Design Year 2 will begin in Semester two, ready for Semester One delivery in 2018.

Work Based Learning

Here at Wintec Centre for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Hospitality we are committed to providing industry with graduates as work ready and skilled as possible. 


Feedback from industry is the need for skilled, work ready graduates, to help address this feedback we have developed a work based learning programme, working closely with industry to offer on-the-job experience opportunities. These are unpaid work opportunities tailored to suit both the learner and employer’s individual requirements and the first step is to touch base with one of our work based learning representatives.

If you’re an employer and want to support our learners, and can provide work based learning opportunities for the future generation of hospitality, hair and beauty industry professionals, please contact us via email: WBL Representative for Beauty Therapy WBL Representative for Hairdressing; WBL Representative for Hospitality.

work based learning chef (culinary arts) student on the job in a kitchen

Culinary Arts Year One International Stream (July 2016 Intake)

To celebrate the successful completion of the cookery year one programme of our first fully International stream students and tutors - Amy Opperman, Duggie Melsom and Joshua Kanara-Bailey celebrated the end of the course with a celebratory class lunch at Windows restaurant. We look forward to the students returning in mid-July to commence with the Culinary Arts Year Two programme, which will be completed end of June 2018

This was followed by prize giving for special award recipients, Victor Xiyao Zhang and Dianne Llarena, who were the joint winners of the Most Outstanding Student for their class – Congratulations to them both. 

culinary arts international students