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.