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

Thursday 27 Sep

Te Hui Ahurei O nga kura o te Tai Poutini kapa haka festival is the West Coasts annual kapa haka festival. Sch... [Read more]

Wednesday 19 Sep

This years Westland High School musical, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958, about fictional pop sensation Conrad B... [Read more]

Monday 17 Sep

Koru games take place in Lincoln from 17th September to 20th September. Information for those students partici... [Read more]

Friday 14 Sep

  Introducing forty eight hours of working bee madness – say hello to The Great 48! A unique event ... [Read more]

Monday 10 Sep

10th – 14th September. Students make their first choice course selections for next year, interviews take... [Read more]
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School news

  • 23 Jul

    New Website for Westland High School

    After a lot of hard work and content preparation, we are delighted to make our new website live for Term 3 2018.

  • 12 May

    Hospitality – Lions Dinner Catering

    Tarm Tumahai and Hannah Kelsen, two of our Level 2 Hospitality students, volunteered to serve the meal at this...

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  • 11 May

    Students from France arrive

    Westland High School welcomes six students from France for nine weeks this term.

  • 11 May

    Bake Sale – Blue Penguin Trust

    This trimester, Mrs Cunningham’s year 7/8 class has been studying sustainability in social studies class...

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  • 08 May

    Year 13 Career Trip

    On the 10-11th of May a group of year 13’s, accompanied by the French Exchange Students, went to Christchurc...

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