GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS
Connecting Tairāwhiti is providing transport solutions to grow and support the region’s economy – and recently, we had the opportunity to grow the region’s future engineers too.
Engineering firm Civil Assist, a local partner in the Connecting Tairāwhiti programme, visited Hatea-a-Rangi School in Tokomaru Bay to give the students a hands-on experience of what’s involved in being an engineer. The tamariki had a drone demonstration, capturing images of the school from above, and then put the engineering process into practice as part of planning the school’s new playground.
Principal Karla Kohatu says it was an exciting experience for the school’s tamariki.
“The process of reimagining our playground really sparked their creative thinking, and it was a great chance to put their problem-solving skills into action. We’re now exploring how our playground can incorporate our local curriculum and bring the stories of our tipuna to life, and we can’t wait to have the Civil Assist team back for the next stage.”
In the meantime, Hatea-a-Rangi School students continue to build their geotechnical engineering knowledge and skills through an online learning programme developed by local engineering company LDE New Zealand, a Waka Kotahi partner working under the Tairāwhiti Roading Panel.
Waka Kotahi’s procurement approach encourages project managers to not only achieve the outcomes for roads but look for secondary benefits that can help communities with growth or economic recovery–in this instance, encouraging more young people into the engineering roles we need for the future.