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More than 120 people found out about studying at NorthTec when they came along to today’s Open Day at the Raumanga campus.

The event saw potential students interested in a variety of subjects turn out to chat with academic staff, to discover more about study programmes on offer in 2021.

Natalie Walsh, from Whangārei, came along with stepdaughter, Ava, and baby daughter, Evelyn, to find out about the Bachelor of Nursing.

Natalie, who is from England but moved to New Zealand in November 2019 with her Kiwi husband, said her previous career in the UK had been in office administration and accounting. However, after coming to her new life in New Zealand and having her daughter, she wanted a career change and decided on nursing.

Natalie said: “I wanted to do something meaningful. I hadn’t thought about doing nursing in the past, but my partner said I have the empathy part of it already, and that’s something you can’t really learn.”

Having done her schooling in England, Natalie came to the Open Day to find out whether her qualifications were enough to go straight onto the degree programme. As she hadn’t studied a lot of science, she said she would be happy to complete a bridging programme to help her get onto the degree, if necessary.

Macnally (Mac) Ruka, aged 19, from Whangārei, came along because he was interested in several study areas, especially Māori Arts and Te Reo Māori. Mac said he had been creating carvings for a while, and was keen to find out about the Whakairo (carving) strand of the Maunga Kura Toi – Bachelor of Māori Arts.

He was also exploring learning Te Reo. He said: “I hope to be able to stand on the taumata and  be able to speak. My grandfather was a tohunga – so I would really like to follow him.”

NorthTec offers more than 100 programmes covering a wide range of subjects. Most programmes in semester one get under way on or around 15 February – so it’s not too late to enrol for 2021.

For more information visit or call 0800 162 100.