WECA Update September

Hello <<First Name>>,

It has been an outstanding month in the WECA calendar, with the EVolocity Waikato Regional Finals inspiring plenty of media attention.

The inaugural competition saw 70-plus students from 15 secondary schools designing, building and racing electric vehicles at an exciting event at the Kartsport track, near Hamilton. 

EVolocity has been a great way for WECA to inspire more interest in engineering careers and to garner publicity, with many students experiencing their first ever time in a workshop for the competition.

All hats off to WECA's Levinia Paku, who did an excellent job of co-ordinating EVolocity and to all the teams who participated and took home prizes. Students and teachers spent hundred of hours working on the vehicles and can be extremely proud of the results.

It's time to get WECA's annual Engineering for Educators in the calendar - this year's event will be hosted by Tetra Pak on November 3rd, and is not to be missed. RSVP now to

All the best,

Mary, Sally and Levinia 
News this month

WECA's Engineering for Educators: Tetra Pak invite
Students put electric vehicles to the test in EVolocity
EVolocity winners
EVolocity photos
WECA grad affiliate designs floodgate
Welcome to new members
A word from sponsors
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Thank you to WECA sponsors:


Engineering for Educators 2016

Hosted by

Date Thursday November 3rd, 2016, from 4.30pm
Venue 6 - 8 Melody Lane, Ruakura, Hamilton

4.30 to 4.45
Meet and mingle
4.45 to 6.00 Small group tours of Tetra Pak 
6.00 to 6.45 Refreshments, WECA and Tetra Pak Q&A

All WECA members, affiliates, Waikato educators and WECA friends welcome. 
by Friday October 7th, spaces limited.

Read more about Tetra Pak here

Students' electric vehicles put to the test

The buzz was electric as students saw nine months of hard work come to fruition with Waikato's EVolocity regional final 2016 held at Kartsport in Hamilton on Friday. 

Fifteen schools competed in the inaugural event which got students to design, build and race their own electric vehicles. 

St John's College took out the cart division and Tauhara College won the overall bike category

Read the full Waikato Times story and watch the video here.

Watch Tauhara College students talk about their electric vehicle here.

EVolocity photos...

Captions, clockwise from top: St John's College The Volts took out The Tool Shed Overall Best Performance for a kart; Tauhara College's Indian-inspired electric bike took our The Tool Shed Overall Best Performance for a bike; WECA's Levinia Paku and Constable Martin Hawkins break out the radar gun.
Captions, clockwise from top left: St John's head of technology Steve Andrew looks on as the team makes final adjustments; Tauhara College students take a breather between races; an electric bike tests out the street circuit; Te Aroha College's Surfsup kart.
Captions, clockwise from top: Tauhara College's winning Indian-inspired electric bike; Sophia Brumby, of Hauraki Plains College in her kart; Kathryn Williams, WEL Energy Trust with Trisha King, Mainline Sheetmetals; Paul Ewart and Brent Phillips, of Wintec, with EVolocity's Les Black; John Sullivan, of Tauhara College and Allen Bryce, of Competenz; Steve Andrew, St John's College, Kaleb James, Stafford Engineering and Gordon Wallace, Stainless Design; EVolocity's Rob McEwen and Eric Pellicer, of Powerco.

The Tool Shed Overall Best Performance (Kart)
St John's College Volts

The Tool Shed Overall Best Performance (Bike)
Tauhara College Kinetic Engineers


DV Bryant Trust Best Community Awareness
Tauhara College Kinetic Engineers


WECA Best Report & Video
Fraser High Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
Tauhara College Kinetic Engineers


Len Reynolds Trust Rolling resistance (Bike)
Ngaruawahia High School NHS Express


Waipa Networks Rolling resistance (Kart)
St John's College Volts


Electroflash Fastest Deceleration (Bike)
Tauhara College Kinetic Engineers


Enviroschools Fastest Deceleration (Kart)
St John's College Volts


University of Waikato Best Design & Show
Tauhara College Kinetic Engineers
St John's College Volts


Wintec Street Circuit - Quickest Bike
St Peter's of Cambridge STP Racing


Powerco Street Circuit - Quickest Kart
Fraser High School Insane Bolt


WEL Energy Trust Most economical Bike
Fraser High School Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
Tauhara College Kinetic Engineers


Waipa Network Most economical Kart
Fraser High School Insane Bolt


The Hand Tool House Best Innovation
St John's College Volts


The Tool Shed Drag Race - Fastest Bike
Ngaruawahia High School NHS Express


The Tool Shed Drag Race - Fastest Kart
St John's College EVO Bros

Thank you EVolocity Waikato Partners!

University of Waikato, Wintec, Waikato Engineering Careers Association, Electroflash, Waipa Networks, Enviroschools, WEL Energy Trust, Powerco, Len Reynolds Trust, DV Bryant Trust.

WECA student affiliate designs floodgate

In 2015, Waikato Regional Council challenged Wintec BEngTech students to design a floodgate mechanism that opens and closes under hydraulic pressure without the need to be powered and controlled by electricity.

WECA student affiliate member Juan Martinez produced 11 designs, with three being picked to be prototyped and tested.

Partway through the process, Juan was awarded the Todd Foundation Award for Excellence and received a grant of $3,700 to go towards testing the designs. Juan’s final design was manufactured and was recently installed in the Graham’s Creek flood mitigation project in Tairua.

The project, he says, was a massive learning curve. “I learnt a lot from the experience and in working alongside some great people from the company and regional council.”

Juan graduated this year and now works for Tauranga consultancy Promech, where he works side by side with BE graduates. “It’s amazing the amount of stuff you can learn from each other,” he says. “The BEngTech has given me a more applied approach to engineering.”

Read more here.

WECA welcomes new members...

TrainMe Trades School

TrainMe’s Hamilton-based Trades School takes more than 120 students at its purpose-built school each year, who graduate with Level 2 National Certificates.
One of the courses TrainMe offers is Mechanical Engineering, exploring the world of machinery from an industrial viewpoint. Course content includes welding skills, technical drawing and an overall introduction to engineering. Students can earn the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2), with a blend of time in the classroom and in the workshop.
During the year there are opportunities to design a project on paper then get into the workshop and build what they’ve designed. Students learn problem solving skills and get to use a range of workshop equipment and materials, like Stainless Steel, Aluminium and Mild Steel fabrication along with using mig, tig and arc welders, benders, folders, guillotines, torque wrenches, drill presses, micrometers, vernier calipers, bench vices and angle grinders.

The Electrical Training Company

etco* is a wholly owned subsidiary of Master Electricians (previously ECANZ) established to provide employment and training for the electrical industry in New Zealand.

Our two main areas of activity are:
  • the employment and placement of electrical apprentices via our group apprenticeship scheme
  • the provision of training courses for apprentices and tradespeople
Since our beginnings in 1991, our commitment to producing the best has helped thousands of etco* apprentices and students achieve outstanding results and successes in industry competitions, national examinations and the industry itself.

A word from WECA Sponsors...

VO2 - Digital Thinking...

This month Vo2 celebrated moving into new premises in 1 London St, Hamilton. This is part of continued growth as we join forces with the other Vo2 members in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu.

With a nine-year history of delivering high performing websites, we are now also able to support regional business in the wider use and adoption of technology. With competencies in cloud services, consultancy, video conferencing and organisational tools like SalesForce and Bamboo HR, we are capable of making a real difference.
Along with this increased capability, we have a new Group CEO, Garry Johnstone, who joins us to strategically steer the group as we assist our clients in unlocking their potential, using technology.

“A key driver for me is the absolute belief that New Zealand business can, and should, benefit from the latest technology,” explains Garry. “There is a false belief that this is only available in Wellington and Auckland, but we are here to bring it to the regions too. All our Vo2 staff live outside of the big cities and are excited about technology, in a very simple way it’s what defines us and keeps us moving forward”.
To find out more phone 07 838 9390, or email

Success Personnel - Drug Detector Dogs...

The challenges we face today in the war against drugs in the workplace are many and varied.

The increased use of illicit drugs, has led to a significant growth in the supply industry as well. And unfortunately the workplace is where a lot of these transactions are taking place.  

This is where an annual visit from the drug detector dogs is an ideal option to consider. A casual and non-intrusive walk through your workplace, smoko room, storage areas and company vehicles will detect and immediately reveal the presence of drugs. 

Whether it is done at the same time as a part of your random testing regime, or a stand-alone exercise, it is an important tool in your fight against drugs. As with all actions such as this though, make sure ahead of time that your employment documentation is up to date and in place. This includes your Employment Agreements, Drug and Alcohol policy, and House Rules.

For any further information or advice contact Graham at Success Personnel Ltd, 078340973, 0212857776, or
Life Care Consultants - Why you should have a defibrillator on site...

There are about 3,000 cardiac arrests each year in NZ. One third of these happen outside the hospital environment. Many of these cardiac arrests occur in people who have no prior symptoms or warnings and sadly fewer than 5% - 8% will survive without immediate treatment.

Click here to find out more.

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Thank you again to WECA sponsors:


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