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Got A Trade! Ambassadors

Meet the real life Got A Trade heroes. Listen to their inspirational training and employment stories on how they've got it made!

Meet the Ambassadors

  • Sami Baker

    Sami Baker

    Apprentice Arborist

    Sami Baker clearly remembers driving past a crew of arborists in Christchurch years ago who were dangling from trees holding chainsaws and thinking ‘that would be a dream job’.

  • AARON FINLAY

    Aaron Finlay

    Senior Leading Hand

    As a 12 year-old, Aaron Finlay took his first small steps towards a career in orcharding without even realising.

  • MCKENZIE TUALA-PINE

    McKenzie Tuala-Pine

    Youth Worker

    When you’ve had trouble with the Police and your school or family life seems to be falling apart, it can be hard to stay focused and on track.

  • RIKKI DEWES

    Rikki Dewes

    Interior Systems Apprentice

    Although Rikki’s parents and teachers were keen for him to go to University, Rikki began labouring at aged 16.  “I knew I needed a trade. Something I could be proud of.”

  • SARAH COLLINS

    Sarah Collins

    Senior Guide - Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

    "Tourism has stolen my attention."

  • TORI COLONNA

    Tori Colonna

    Electrician

    As a woman in the traditionally male-dominated field, Vittoria Colonna (a.k.a. Tori) has had to work extra hard to prove herself.

  • Winnie

    Winnie Rawiri-King

    Electrical Service Technician

    Winnie Rawiri-King takes the expression “work hard, play hard” to a whole new level!

  • BEN NORTON

    Ben Norton

    Fitting and Machining Engineer
    "There is nothing holding you back!"
  • STACEY WALKER

    Stacey Walker

    Laboratory Technician

    "Earning money while you learn a job really helps to take some of the stress away and lets you enjoy yourself in your weekends.