Wananga students nail their first home build

Wananga House build by students. Picture supplied
Ronn Potter, and Tane Wills at work building a house. Picture supplied.
Wananga House
Wananga House
Wananga House

Te Wananga o Aotearoa entry level builders have built a high-specification two-bedroom house from scratch — and sold it.

With their first house build under their belts, many of the group are also near completion of their 90-day trial apprenticeships for builders in Gisborne and Wellington.

Some of the students have secured full apprenticeships while others are continuing their journeys in the construction industry.

Students on the NZ Certificate in Construction Trades Skills learn basic building and construction with the view to a career in the industry.

After learning hand and power tool use and health and safety and site awareness, they are taught to build housing frames, truss and roof elements, and window installation.

Last year the students completed an APG Architects-designed 67.9-square metre relocatable house as part of their 38-week programme.

Made to last

Teacher Jonas Te Aho, a licensed building practitioner, said the open-plan house was fully insulated with double-glazed windows and Colorsteel roofing.

“It’s been completed with a kitchen and shower and vanity.

“If people want appliances, they have the option to purchase these things as well,” he said.

“It will be plastered, painted and plumbed once at the final location and has a beautiful outside cedar weatherboard and copper finish.

“It’s a solid home that’s been built for high wind and sea zones specifications.”

Mr Te Aho said his networks in the local building industry helped the students secure trials with builders in Gisborne and Wellington.

“We are part of the Maori Pacific Trades Training and that has allowed me to tap into my mates who are builders in Gisborne.”

“Twelve of the students are about to complete their 90-day trials, and all the feedback I’ve had has been positive. It’s important you place them with the right people.”

Mr Te Aho said Te Wananga o Aotearoa received expressions of interest for the student-built homes, which have a 50-year guarantee.

The homes, which are significantly cheaper than an equivalent on the market because of zero labour costs, are intended for either first-home buyers or people in need.

“This house has gone to a kuia (elderly woman) who has papakainga (family land) near Te Araroa.”

Te Wananga o Aotearoa entry level builders have built a high-specification two-bedroom house from scratch — and sold it.

With their first house build under their belts, many of the group are also near completion of their 90-day trial apprenticeships for builders in Gisborne and Wellington.

Some of the students have secured full apprenticeships while others are continuing their journeys in the construction industry.

Students on the NZ Certificate in Construction Trades Skills learn basic building and construction with the view to a career in the industry.

After learning hand and power tool use and health and safety and site awareness, they are taught to build housing frames, truss and roof elements, and window installation.

Last year the students completed an APG Architects-designed 67.9-square metre relocatable house as part of their 38-week programme.

Made to last

Teacher Jonas Te Aho, a licensed building practitioner, said the open-plan house was fully insulated with double-glazed windows and Colorsteel roofing.

“It’s been completed with a kitchen and shower and vanity.

“If people want appliances, they have the option to purchase these things as well,” he said.

“It will be plastered, painted and plumbed once at the final location and has a beautiful outside cedar weatherboard and copper finish.

“It’s a solid home that’s been built for high wind and sea zones specifications.”

Mr Te Aho said his networks in the local building industry helped the students secure trials with builders in Gisborne and Wellington.

“We are part of the Maori Pacific Trades Training and that has allowed me to tap into my mates who are builders in Gisborne.”

“Twelve of the students are about to complete their 90-day trials, and all the feedback I’ve had has been positive. It’s important you place them with the right people.”

Mr Te Aho said Te Wananga o Aotearoa received expressions of interest for the student-built homes, which have a 50-year guarantee.

The homes, which are significantly cheaper than an equivalent on the market because of zero labour costs, are intended for either first-home buyers or people in need.

“This house has gone to a kuia (elderly woman) who has papakainga (family land) near Te Araroa.”

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