Malachi Paku and Craig Scoble from Golden Homes Wellington

Malachi Paku and Craig Scoble from Golden Homes Wellington



Malachi Paku got into a trade to further his goals, as well as to help his whānau.

“My dad was very strong and passionate about getting me and my brothers into the trades.  In our family and in our community we didn't have any tradespeople so having a trade is useful for us, our whānau, and our community.  We could give back,” says Malachi, who completed a pre-trade carpentry qualification at WelTec in 2016 with financial assistance through a Māori Trades Training scholarship.

“At first I didn't know how to build a house at all.  You always see new houses being built and it makes you think about how they do it,” he says.  “I loved the whole physical side of it, loved being active and being outdoors.”

Malachi is now working for Golden Homes while he completes the National Certificate in Carpentry part-time at WelTec to become a fully qualified carpenter.

Craig Scoble from Golden Homes Wellington is pleased to provide employment opportunities for graduates.  “To succeed in the building and construction industry the words of Pele come to mind - Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

The opportunity to work for a large building company came about through WelTec's jobs broker service.

“The jobs brokers thought it'd be a great opportunity for students to get into a trade and the company had a look at a few of us,” says Malachi.

“It's a five year plan: the first three years I'll get my apprenticeship done, and years four to five I'll be a subcontractor to Golden Homes. That matches my goals as part of my vision is to own my own business. It's fantastic as you really don't get an opportunity like that straightaway.”

Right now the 19-year-old works on the framework for new houses. “I'm doing wrapping, strapping windows, doors, cladding, you name it. I'm already on my seventh house.”  

He is also focused on helping his family. “In our own house there are lots of opportunities. One thing we're doing is building a deck soon and a BBQ area.”

While Malachi grew up in Wainuiomata and went to Hutt Valley High School, his family is originally from Gisborne.

“I'm Ngāti Porou on my mum's side and I went back up to Gisborne in January. I did a few jobs at my grandmother's place like the gutters and windows and we're building a deck there too,” he says.

Malachi is no longer the only one in the family looking at pursuing the trades, his twin brother Isaac has started in electrical engineering with WelTec and younger brother Jerry could also be doing plumbing in the future.

“It's made a big difference for us personally and for our whānau and the scholarship really helped out. It gave me more time to study and focus on the methods I was being taught by my tutors. I was very thankful I got that scholarship.” 

Background Information

The Wellington Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Consortium strives to contribute to the achievement of lwi goals and aspirations, and those of the Pasifika community, for a better and more productive economic future for young Māori and Pasifika, increasing access for Māori and Pasifika students to vocational and pre-employment training resulting in improved employment outcomes. 

The Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative provides scholarships to Māori and Pasifika learners to acquire the skills and attributes to gain employment in the trades and to take up a New Zealand Apprenticeship or other higher level training programmes.  The initiative also includes jobs brokerage. 

More than 200 learners will be studying under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training at WelTec’s Petone campus and Whitireia’s Porirua campus this year.


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