When Nuet Wong and his wife Wei Ting Chia moved to New Zealand with limited English, it was a massive lifestyle change. Before their move, Nuet had been tiling for twelve years in Malaysia and continued his trade in Auckland mainly contracting to two large construction companies.
Ting was unable to work in her profession, so joined her husband tiling. She discovered an amazing talent for learning English and tiling and has proven her skills are at the top of the game.
Determined to make the most of their opportunity in New Zealand, Nuet attained his New Zealand National Certificate in Tiling through BCITO by having his existing experience recognised and Ting completed her apprenticeship just in time before their first baby was born.
They have now set up their own company and are training an apprentice. Nuet and Ting never advertise their business and are working full time on upmarket and complex projects through established relationships with construction companies. Ting tiles the most intricate patterns with amazing skill.
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