The Building Business Continues to thrive
By Michael Parker
Many of the longer-serving members of the Plimmerton Rotary Club will remember Randall Shaw as an achiever and genial member, known to greet each day with a welcoming smile.
He was a well-respected Rotarian, a Past President, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a recipient of The Four Avenues of Service award. And he was a builder with a reputation for building quality well-crafted homes.
Randall was known to be enthusiastic in supporting the development of future skilled tradesmen in the Building Trade. When he passed away some 5 years ago the Randall Shaw Memorial Award was set up in his memory to endorse the values he held dear, and lived by, all his life.
The purpose of the Award is to reward a first year Building Apprentice from Whitireia Training Centre who demonstrates a clearly recognised ‘total package of value’. These values were to be shown by a first year Building Apprentice, recommended by the Trade Tutors. The Award includes a $1000 voucher to purchase trade tools from Brights Mitre 10. Bright’s have been a supporter and co-sponsor of this award since the outset.
In life, significant goals of achievement are assisted by teamwork and good organisation. This year it was decided to make two separate Awards as the standard of the applicants was so high that it proved too difficult to choose between them. One Award went to Raydon Moore-Feuu from Titahi Bay and one went to Mitch Jago from Tawa, pictured here. These two men have a strong personal drive and ability and have embraced the apprenticeship system. They will never forget their opportunity to work in established, competent businesses where they can gain real hands-on experience. The dedicated team from Whitireia has supported them throughout, passing on the all-important technical trade knowledge over the length of their apprenticeships.
In making these Awards, Plimmerton Rotary said that it was right to acknowledge the drive and discipline of Rayden and Mitch that has brought them this distinction at the start of their working lives. The Club wishes them well and trusts that the tools will be put to good use in the years ahead.