Chris Rea

CAREERS CORNER

Former WHS students contributing to the Hokitika community:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Rea                        

IndustryAutomotive Engineering

Business:  Hokitika Automotive

Attended Westland High School:  1993 – 1996

Vocational Pathway

  • Introduced to automotive industry through a video conferencing course while at WHS working with Mr Bruce White
  • Attended Tai Poutini Polytechnic Automotive Pre-Trade Course https://tpp.ac.nz/
  • Started his automotive apprenticeship with Bill McKowen at Hokitika Service Station, Stafford St (site of St John’s Ambulance now)
  • Moved to Cable Price, Greymouth, then Cable Price, Christchurch
  • Returned to Cable Price, Greymouth as the Service Manager
  • 11 years ago bought Hokitika Automotive
  • Has supported WHS with Gateway and Work experience placements
  • Has now started up a company called “Chat and Communications”

Chris has now three trades – Heavy vehicle transport – Light auto engineering  – Auto electrical

Find out more:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/engineering/automotive/automotive-technician/

https://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/engineering/automotive/automotive-electrician/

Chris’s Community involvement included trustee and Chair of WHS Board of Trustees, Tai Poutini Polytechnic Board and Deputy Chair of Radio Frequency Users Association NZ

Chris’s advice to students: Be confident.

  • Never listen to those who tell you that you are not capable of doing something
  • Surround yourself with those who can and learn from them
  • Satisfaction and achievement is about leadership and what you can do in the community.

Upcoming events

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Last day of term 4.

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre. Middle School 9am. Junio... [Read more]

Thursday 2 Dec

2nd of December Teacher Only Day. No School. This is a day set by the Ministry of Education and will be coveri... [Read more]

Monday 29 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 22 Nov

22nd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre at 6pm.

Monday 25 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 18 Oct

18th October. Term 4 begins

Friday 1 Oct

1st October. Last day of term 3.

Friday 24 Sep

24th September the Westland High School Ball takes place. More information regarding venue and other details w... [Read more]

Monday 13 Sep

13th September to 20th September is Te wiki o te reo Maori / Maori language week. Visit https://www.tewikioter... [Read more]
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