The ATNZ story
ATNZ was created as a trust in 1999 to provide dedicated and focused training for apprentices in the engineering and manufacturing industries.
From humble origins in Hawkes Bay, ATNZ expanded quickly to become a national organisation and is now New Zealand’s largest employer of apprentices in mechanical engineering and related industries. ATNZ employs over 370 apprentices throughout New Zealand, hosted by over 170 companies.
The passion and dedication of our Account Managers set ATNZ apart from other providers. Our approach is one of customised support and mentoring of our apprentices, which results in a higher completion rate, typically in a faster time.
Our company name is Apprentice Training New Zealand 2010 Trust. We trade under the name ATNZ.
ATNZ, formerly a subsidiary of the Competenz ITO, became a stand-alone Trust in 2021 due to the disestablishment of ITOs under the government’s reform of vocational education (RoVE).
In August 2022, ATNZ achieved NZQA registration as a PTE, which will commence operations in January 2023. This registration enables us to provide our apprenticeship programmes and other training to create a more robust, future focussed workforce for the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
PTE registration also allows us to provide the industry with the flexibility of non-employed apprenticeships for an annual fee and our well-established hosting model. These two options, which both include customised apprentice mentoring and the development of better training materials, are tailored to produce better results for companies that want to invest in their people.
Fiona has recently started as CEO of Plunket. Prior to this Fiona spent six years as CEO of Competenz, an organisation which, over thirteen years, she was instrumental in transforming to one based on customer centricity, product innovation, technology adoption and enablement. Fiona holds an advanced diploma in Human Resources and an Executive MBA from the University of Auckland.
John provides extensive experience as a CEO and Board Director in the field of tertiary education and industry training in New Zealand. John has led organisations through growth and change to achieve significant performance improvement. John was the CEO of Competenz and previously the Chair of ATNZ and of the Industry Training Federation.
Mike has recently started in the role of Contracts Manager for a local Tauranga-based construction company Bishop Building Ltd. Providing commercial overview and project management, he is also playing a strategic part in the company’s growth. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of Page Macrae Engineering, also based in Tauranga, his tenure there spanning 20 years. He has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and construction holds an engineering trade qualification as well a certificate in mechanical engineering (NZCE).
Karen is a seasoned business leader with over two decades of experience in executive and senior management positions. Her goal-orientated approach and hands-on expertise have enabled her to build three successful businesses across Australia and New Zealand, transform a number of businesses into commercial successes and hold a number of executive positions in the tech and education sectors. She holds an MBA, is Syndicate Chair of the CEO Institute, holds positions on the boards of three NZ companies and was part of the 3P Learning leadership team during one of the biggest tech IPOs in Australia.
Tupara Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue) has joined the board in August 2022. Tupara brings over 30 years of executive and governance experience in both the public and private sectors across the health, tertiary education, research and innovation, tourism, iwi development, and arts and culture sectors. Hailing from Rotorua, Tupara is from the Morrison and Mitchell whānau of Ngāti Whakaue (Ngāti Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Pukaki koromatua hapū). He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Directors, and an accounting and finance graduate from Massey University. Tupara is employed by Kāinga Ora as the Te Kurutao Regional Manager for Northland and Auckland. Tupara has well-developed networks in several key sectors nationally and has strong relationships with local Government bodies and central Government Ministers, Ministries and agencies. Tupara’s technical skills are in governance, financial management, Māori and bicultural strategy, business development and strategic partnerships. Tupara recently took up the role of Head of Maori Development at Air New Zealand.
With 22 years of experience in Training and Tertiary Education, Adrian has worked across multiple industries, including Civil Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Electricity Supply and Mechanical Engineering. Adrian has spent the last five years with ATNZ as an Account Manager and more recently as the Northern Regional Lead. Adrian has a passion for seeing learners achieve and make a difference.
ATNZ has been a large part of Ben’s life. Ben started engineering as an ATNZ apprentice. He trained well and was eventually promoted into management. After taking a year off to look after family Ben re-joined ATNZ as an Account Manager, before being promoted to Regional Lead and then National Manager. Ben represents ATNZ as part of the MOE hui around the current NCEA change plan, speaking from the point of view of industry players.
Mark is a seasoned education professional and has been involved in the tertiary sector for the past eighteen years. Prior to joining ATNZ in 2022, Mark has held several senior management roles with various tertiary education organisations spearheading initiatives that resulted to positive educational, quality and commercial outcomes.
ATNZ is Rachelle’s first role within the tertiary sector. Prior to this she has held senior financial roles in the Health and Insurance sectors.
Starting with ATNZ in late 2022, Geoff has worked in HR across various industries, including construction, engineering, mining, and manufacturing. Geoff is a big believer in quality work-based training programmes and their benefits to the individual and the workplace.
ATNZ is Kylie’s first Health and Safety role in the tertiary education sector. Prior to joining ATNZ, Kylie worked for several global food manufacturing businesses leading health and safety across various sites within New Zealand.
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