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The Mitre 10 Trade Great Apprentice Race

JUNE 12, 2018










If you were given just four hours to design and build a fully functional catapult that could accurately shoot balls at a target, how do you think you’d go? That’s what 18 top notch apprentices competing in the Mitre 10 Great Apprentice Race were tasked with at the annual NZCB Conference, held in Rotorua on 25 May.









The race was good entertainment for the 700-odd conference attendees, and it was pleasing to see a great deal of skill and creativity from the apprentices who had to think fast on their feet. They were only informed what the build was and handed a basic description of a catapult the night before, with the majority of requirements specified the morning of the build.

To help get the job done, and in the interest of fairness, Mitre 10 Trade supplied each apprentice with an identical pack of power tools, hand tools and materials. This included a DeWalt Cordless Drill, Circular Saw and Jigsaw, which they got to take home.

Conference delegates were asked to vote for their favourite entry based on design quality and workmanship. A big congratulations goes to Kelvin Haywood of Southland, who received the clear majority of votes to claim the Delegates Choice Award and score a DeWalt Heavy Duty Table Saw.=

The race required the apprentices to shoot balls into buckets and complete building related tasks before they could progress. There was certainly plenty of action, and amid balls flying everywhere, three of the guys actually hit their targets, scoring bonus prizes of Mitre 10 chiller bags, umbrellas and beanies.

Manawatu can be proud of Michael Laursen-Muagututia, who won the overall race and earned a $750 Mitre 10 gift card. Northland’s Matt Hatchard came second, winning $500, and Thomas Ashley from Nelson rounded out the podium and received $300.

Well done and congratulations to all the apprentices that took part. The standard of the competition steps up a notch every year, and this year was no exception.













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