Roy Michael Robinson of the Ngati Ruanui tribe from Manaia near Hawera has achieved much since leaving home and coming to Wellington.
After taking an engineering course at Hawera Technical College, he enrolled as a carpentry trainee in the special Maori Trade Training Scheme at the Central Institute of Technology, Petone. Roy was one of the first intake of twelve carpentry trainees in June 1961. As a pupil he showed considerable initiative and enthusiasm for everything even remotely connected with building. His keenness and ability resulted in Roy's being the first Maori trainee at Petone to gain his Trade Certificate in Carpentry. He did this in 1966.
After two years trade training he was placed as an apprentice carpenter with Hansen and Baigent Building Contractors of Lower Hutt. Initiative being a powerful force, he was soon given the opportunity of office training which has led to his present position, that of Building Planner. This job involves ordering materials, seeing that all work on the site flows without hold-ups, co-ordinating the work of all subcontractors and conducting correspondence on matters concerning the site. A six day working week is commonplace.
Although he is married with a two year old son, Roy has still found time to draw his own house plans and intends to build himself a house on a section he has bought in Featherston.
The transition from rural to urban living has been most eventful and the future looks exciting for Roy Robinson of Hawera.
by S. A. Hunt