A lifelong passion for Fords, Holdens, Mazdas and anything else with wheels has landed Oamaru teenager Kauri Hendry her dream job.
“I have been around cars my whole life, with my dad and brother heavily involved with them and because of this, I just grew a love for them,” she said.
The 19-year-old was working at a cafe and felt she was doing nothing with her life, so applied for a place on the Aoraki Polytechnic pre-trade course for aspiring service technicians in which she was the only female to pass the course.
“I needed a change. My life was going nowhere and I love cars so I thought, ‘why not have a crack at this?'”
Since beginning her apprenticeship in February, Miss Hendry has loved every minute of the job.
“It’s different every day, which is amazing and I am always learning new things, which is fantastic.”
Miss Hendry said she was giving everything 100 per cent and wanted to show everybody that females could have a future as service technicians.
“There aren’t many of us around to be honest and I would love to do my apprenticeship and work really hard and hopefully encourage more females to try their hand at something which is seen as a male’s job.”
She is thankful to the North Otago Motor Group for giving her the chance to follow her dream.
“I am very thankful they gave me this chance.”
The job at the North Otago Motor Group came about when Miss Hendry was there for work experience as part of her course.
“We had to do 100 hours’ work experience and on my last day there, they offered me the job.’
In the future, she hopes to open her own car repair business with her cousin.
“She is a panel beater and I’m a mechanic so hopefully we can open a small shindig in the future.”
North Otago Motor Group service administration manager Rose Gard said they were really proud of Kauri so far.
“She’s the first female service technician we have employed and is doing incredibly well. It’s fantastic to have another female in the workshop.”
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY