Tradie

Tradie Profile: Marion Thomas

Marion was 28 when she arrived in New Zealand on a yacht. She had sailed from San Diego with friends of her family on their second attempt to reach NZ by boat; the first was a few years prior. Marion had been invited on that trip too but turned down...
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TRADIE PROFILE: GEMMA O’BRIEN

After growing up on the family’s beef farm near Kawakawa in the Far North, Gemma went to Otago University, where she gained not one, not even two, but three degrees. She credits her mother, whose early-onset arthritis was a wake-up call for Gemma to live life to the fullest and...
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HAMISH WARD – DEEP CREEK HEAD BREWER

Brewing beer is one of the oldest and most noble of trades. From the deeply spiritual processes mastered in European monasteries, through to the bloke in his garage just desperate to make something drinkable, the desire to create beer is a not so secret passion of most males on this...
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TRADIE PROFILE: ETHAN ROOTS

Ethan Roots has squeezed a lot into 22 years. Earlier this year, on the fringe of the impending COVID-19 induced lockdown, he made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders. While this is a substantial achievement in itself, not many have risen through the ranks so fast. He only made...
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Paris Ternent-James

There is very little that phases Paris Ternent-James, but when you’re one of the 3% of construction tradespeople in NZ who are women, I suppose not much can. Paris is in her third year of a building apprenticeship, working for MD Brown in the Wairarapa, and has no plans for...
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