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2019 MITO scholarship recipients announced

49 outstanding individuals have been awarded 2019 MITO scholarships to help further their careers.

Developed to assist aspiring and successful graduate learners to progress their skills and knowledge, the MITO scholarship programme contributes funding towards apprenticeships, training programmes and business management qualifications.

“MITO is excited to award these scholarships to our 2019 recipients and we congratulate them on their success,” says MITO Chief Executive Janet Lane. “They have shown great passion and tremendous commitment to contribute to the future of their respective trades and we will support them every step of the way”.

The 2019 scholarship recipients are in six categories:

The Kick Start scholarships are awarded to individuals who have full-time employment or an offer of full-time employment in one of MITO’s industries in 2019 and have not previously been enrolled in a MITO training programme at Level 4 or above. This scholarship pays the first year fees for any MITO apprenticeship or traineeship programme at Level 4 or above. The recipients are:

• Alexander Lewis, Auto Gas Specialists Ltd, Timaru

• Annelise Ruffell, Heavy Trax Hire, Cromwell

• Benjamin Fisk, Agricentre South Ltd, Milton

• Brock Boaler, Kelly Automotive Services Ltd, Hastings

• Bryce Taylor, Caltex Kaikoura, Kaikoura

• Daniel Hutton, CLAAS Harvest Centre Canterbury, Waipara

• Joshua Cooper, Automotive Solutions Limited, Invercargill



• Kane Robins-Watts, Raxworthy European Ltd, Christchurch

• Regan Hawkless, Intertruck Distributors (NZ) Ltd, Tauranga

• Samantha Fiveash, Aorangi Motors Limited, Timaru

• Shane Turner, Huka Motorcycles Limited, Taupo

• Shania Smith, Transpec Services Ltd, Palmerston North

• Xander Nortje, Access Solutions Ltd, Auckland

The Kick Start Māori and Pasifika scholarships are awarded to individuals of Māori or Pasifika ethnicity who have full-time employment or an offer of full-time employment in one of MITO’s industries in 2019 and have not previously been enrolled in a MITO training programme at Level 4 or above. This scholarship pays the first year fees for any MITO apprenticeship or traineeship programme at Level 4 or above. The recipients are:

• Jacinda Lush, Power Farming Hawkes Bay Ltd, Hastings

• Jordan Te Paki, Honda Cars Wellington, Wellington

• Liam Gardner, Grant White Autobody Ltd, Hastings

• Kaleb Carpenter, Poland Motors Ltd, Wellsford

• Viliami Tuanaki, John Bates Wheel Alignment Hawkes Bay Ltd, Hastings

The MITO Alumni scholarships are awarded to individuals who have completed a qualification at Level 4 or above through MITO and who wish to continue their studies. This scholarship contributes up to $2,000 towards any advanced programme of study related to their industry. The recipients are:

• Cassidy Repia, WD Price Panelbeaters, Auckland

• Garth Peacock, Titan Cranes Ltd, New Plymouth

• Jaxon Kuvarji, Mayne Automotive Penrose Ltd, Auckland

• Michelle Findlater, GWD Russells Limited, Invercargill

The Business Skills scholarships are awarded to current or aspiring managers or supervisors in one of MITO’s industries and pay for the programme fees for MITO's First Line Management programme. The recipients are:

• Amanda Rowe, Putaruru Tractor Services Limited, Putaruru

• Andrew Wilson, Christchurch Mitsubishi, Christchurch

• Clive Penny, Otorohanga Automotive and Mechanical Ltd, Otorohanga

• Ethan Burbery, MS Ford Nelson, Nelson

• Gemma Scott, Drivetech Ltd, Invercargill

• Jeff Worrall, St John Ambulance, Auckland

• Jesse Williams, Tauranga Repowers Ltd, Tauranga

• Jethro Robbins, Honda Hamilton, Hamilton

• John Edwards, AB Equipment Limited, Christchurch

• Kate Nickalls, Power Farming Te Awamutu Ltd, Te Awamutu

• Krishna Chand, Truck Stops NZ Ltd, Auckland

• Liniya Jayasuriya, Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd, Auckland

• Matthew Green, Taradale Kwik-Fit and Automotive Ltd, Napier

• Matthew Pluck, Avon City Ford, Christchurch

• Micah Townshend, AdvanceQuip NZ Ltd, Christchurch

• Paige Hassan, Geodis New Zealand Ltd, Auckland

• Ronald Noorlander, Franklin Engineering Services Limited, Auckland

• Soma Csepcsenyi, AB Equipment Limited, Auckland

• Taylor Bouzaid, Collision City Mosgiel, Mosgiel

• Thomas Maere, GoBus Transport Ltd, Invercargill

• Tyrone Campbell, Peter Long Collision Repairs Ltd, Palmerston North

• Vicki Reed, QEII Collision Repairs Ltd, Christchurch

• Warwick Pilcher, Tristram Marine Ltd, Hamilton

The Business Skills Māori and Pasifika scholarships are awarded to current or aspiring managers or supervisors in one of MITO’s industries who are of Māori or Pasifika ethnicity and pay for the programme fees for MITO's First Line Management programme. The recipients are:

• Koriana Williams, Te Aratika Drilling Limited, New Plymouth

• Sione Inoke, Gleeson & Cox Transport, Auckland

The Clyde Cunningham QSM Memorial scholarships are awarded to MITO automotive graduates in the Hawke’s Bay region and honour a long-standing MITO employee. This scholarship pays for the programme fees for MITO’s First Line Management programme. The recipients are:

• Ethan Robertson, Deakin Motors Limited, Hastings

• Rex Matthews, Pit Stop Napier, Napier


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