Local twins Isaac and Malachi Paku are looking to the future to share the skills, knowledge and values they have learnt through their scholarship at WelTec. Their dream is to create working environments which are safe and supportive for everyone and all types, they say.
Malachi is currently working as a carpenter with Rhy’s Finlay Contractors and Isaac is an electrician with Argus Fire Protection. Both enjoy their work, but their goal is to set up their own trades services company one day to create a culture and working environment which they believe will respond to the needs of their fellow workers around them.
When you work in construction trades you meet and work with a lot of people from different walks of life, many of whom are struggling with different challenges,” Malachi says. “Whether it is depression, substance dependence or reintegrating into society after being in prison, they are all just doing their best. “I want to create a safe and happy place for these people to work,” he says.
Both twins were supported through their study by the Maori and Pasiﬁka Trades Training Scholarship offered by WelTec. The scholarship helped Isaac and Malachi to complete their courses without any student loans.
“It was very important for me to get into the workforce and become financially independent early on,” Isaac says.
The brothers had a work ethic from early on and in their ﬁnal year at Hutt Valley High were both prefects.
“I had planned to do the usual thing and go to university but our parents pushed us to have a look at the trades courses at WelTec and once I had spoken to the tutors I knew it was the right option for me,”
Isaac adds. “I always had a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together so I thought I would give the electrical engineering course a go. “Now I would like to own my own business and help others around me.”