AAJ apprentice makes his mark in Whangarei

A first year BCITO AAJ apprentice, Daniel Roose, employed by Elite Windows & Doors Whangarei, is the specials master who completed the joinery for the Whangarei Hundertwasser Te Kakano. 

The Whangarei Hundertwasser Museum and Art Gallery will form part of the Wairau Māori Art Gallery and will be the world's first gallery dedicated solely to Contemporary Māori Art.

Huntertwasser follyThe first step was recently celebrated with the opening of its ‘folly’ Te Kakano (the seed). This stand-alone sculpture, shaped like a koru, has given local tradespeople the opportunity to practise the skills required for the building of the main art gallery.

Elite Windows and Doors Whangarei, Manager, Dave Greenhalgh hired Daniel about a year ago and is putting him through his aluminium joinery apprenticeship. Dave says the company has grown from small beginnings to now employing over 20 staff and they're training two apprentices at present. 

Elite are running close to capacity due to the amount of work in Northland.  Although taking on jobs like the folly can sometimes slow down productivity in a factory, they have strong confidence in all their guys, including Daniel, that they'll get these types of job done in an appropriate time to a high standard.

Great work Elite & Daniel! 

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