Hamilton Centre Opening
29 June 2021
Vertical Horizonz - Poutū Huapae New Zealand (VHNZ) officially opened their flagship training centre in Hamilton/Kirikiriroa on Friday June 11th.
The centre - a brand new, purpose-built training facility, houses the VHNZ Central North Island and Māori and Pasifika teams. It features four large classrooms and vast internal and external industrial training spaces. The project team from I-Line listened closely to the needs of the VHNZ team to ensure all boxes were ticked when planning and completing the build. 8.5m ceiling studs in the internal and canopied external training areas allow all heights, confined space and machinery training to take place in rain, hail or shine. Convertible classrooms allow for large conference training and smaller breakout rooms depending on the needs of clients and their trainees. An internal lift has made accessibility within the centre simple and ample parking eliminates that ‘where will I park’ panic for trainees before a training session.
To mark the opening of the new centre, VHNZ Owner and Chairman - Bruce Mazengarb, with two other owners Bill Hadley and Thecla McDonnell, VHNZ board and VHNZ team were joined by Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII, Makau Ariki Te Atawhai Paki (the Royal Consort Te Atawhai Paki), Te Ariki Tamaroa Whatumoana Paki (Prince Whatumoana Paki) and Minister of Maori Affairs, Willie Jackson. A Waerea - a chant clearing the way of any mishaps or misfortunes for the new centre was performed with Kiingi Tuheitia helping Bruce and VHNZ CEO – Ben Johnstone to unveil the new Vertical Horizonz - Poutū Huapae signage, a special taonga/artwork - Te Tīwaiwaka ā Māui (meaning Shape Shifter) and the spade - Tāhuri Whenua, that turned the first soil for the centre build.
After the Waerea continued throughout the centre, VHNZ and the Kings Office met to complete a mihimihi and a Karakia. An official feast of kai whakanoa signified the setting free of the sacredness of the event and after speeches guests were welcomed to move freely around the new centre and explore all it has to offer.
VHNZ team members, along with the help of two Ngā Taiatea student trainees, demonstrated some of the skills taught during their time training with VHNZ. The use of MEWPs allowed the students to rescue a key from VHNZ Heights Trainer, Michael Felton who was suspended by ropes 8m high in the practical training space. They then delivered the key to Bruce who used it to unlock a special gift for Kiingi Tuheitia. Smiles and laughter from all could be seen and heard throughout the centre as the demonstration took place.
After years of hard mahi from the VHNZ whanau, the Hamilton/Kirikiriroa Centre now stands tall, strong and ready to train the people of Aotearoa. VHNZ has, and always will, deliver REAL training that saves lives and enables change within the society and communities. Training that will be made more effective, more accessible, and more comfortable for those who train within the new walls of the centre. VHNZ would like to thank Kiingi Tuheitia and his office, guests, and the staff of Vertical Horizonz / Poutū Huapae for achieving this special milestone.
Kua tutuki pai i te tuwheratanga o tō mātou nei whare hōu ki Waikato.
He mea hōnore mō mātou o Poutū Huapae – Vertical Horizonz i te taenga mai ā te Kiingi Tuheitia Pootatau Te Wherewhero VII me tōna Whare Kaahui Ariki, hei whakatūwhera i tō mātou nei whare hōu, whare mātauranga, whare ako.
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