14 July 2014
Former Palmerston North Boys’ High School student, and now NZ Army steward, Lance Corporal (LCPL) Kowai Te Ture, aged 21, won the restaurant service category at the 2014 National WorldSkills competition held in Hamilton 4 – 6 July.
The competition is New Zealand’s premier work-skill competition and can lead to competitors representing New Zealand in the ‘Tool Blacks’ team at the international WorldSkills competition held biennially.
LCPL Te Ture undertook two full days of practical and theory assessments in the restaurant service category and will now go into the selection phase to represent New Zealand at the International WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil next year.
After joining the Army in 2011 LCPL Te Ture is now based at Linton Military Camp as a steward where he serves patrons in the mess and works at formal functions.
“I always wanted to be in the Army since I was young so I told the recruiter I was willing to do any job in the Army and be the best at it,” LCPL Te Ture said.
LCPL Te Ture has proved that he is committed to being the best at his chosen skill. “In the last twelve months I’ve won the restaurant service category at the Wellington Culinary Fare, Auckland Culinary Fare and the Waikato Culinary Fare,” he said.
LCPL Te Ture attributes his independence and success to the NZ Army. “I’ve become independent and a good role model to other people coming into the industry. The Army is definitely a good career path with a lot of people to support you,” said LCPL Te Ture.
In the future, LCPL Te Ture is looking forward to gaining as much experience as possible to pass on to others who are willing to learn.