WorldSkills NZ 2009 Tool Black Team

Team Manager – Peter Spencer
Technical Delegate – Teresa McNamara
Team Leader – Rick Anderson – NZ Defence Force

Assistant Team Leader - Glenys McKenzie

Industrial Control Judge - Glen Inkster

Skill Category
Autobody Repair Jesse Clinton – Canterbury Gavin Love - Canterbury
Automotive Refinishing Jemma Bond – Northland John Tuau - Waikato
Automotive Technology Marcel Woods – Northland Malcolm Whinham – Wellington
Bricklaying Daniel Cullen – Waikato Greg Sinden – Wellington
Carpentry Daniel Malthus – Otago/Southland David Finnie – Otago/Southland
Cookery Thomas Townsend – Auckland Stephen Pope – Wellington
Electrical Wiring Ben De Groot – Otago/Southland Barry Warner – NZ Defence Force
Industrial Control Daniel Hunt – Canterbury Yet to be appointed
Fitting Tony Wells – Waikato Roland Spirig – Waikato
Floristry Caitlin Thorburn – Wellington Joy Knight – Canterbury
Joinery Michael Lyon – Otago/Southland Peter Leith – Otago/Southland
Light Fabrication Elliot Wilkes – Central Nth Island Steve Brooks – Central Nth Island
Marine Cabinetmaking Mike Shiefflebein – Auckland Yet to be appointed
Plumbing Peter Fuller – NZ Defence Force Ritchie Gorrie - Canterbury
Printing Royce Richards – Canterbury

Grant Letfus – Auckland

Restaurant Service Kirsty Lister – NZ Defence Force Rinus Pope – Wellington
Welding Jared Lamb – Central Nth Island Jason Beals – NZ Defence Force



Press Release – 4 November 2008
Tool Blacks on Road to Calgary

WorldSkills NZ has announced the Tool Black team which will compete at the WorldSkills International Competition in Calgary, Canada in September 2009.  The team has been chosen from the finalists who took part in the WorldSkills NZ National Finals which were held at the Wellington Institute of Technology in September this year. 

The 2009 Tool Blacks, who are all under the age of 22, will be competing in 17 skill categories from the Automotive, Engineering, Construction, Hospitality, and Service Industries.  The competitors, who come from all over New Zealand now have 10 months to hone their skills to international standards and they will all be putting considerable time and effort into training.  In 2007 the Tool Blacks came home from the WorldSkills International Competition in Japan with a Silver medal, two Bronze medals and five Medals of Excellence, a result which put NZ in 14th place out of 48 countries.  WorldSkills NZ is confident they have the calibre of competitor for the 2009 competitions to at least match these achievements.  

In addition to the competitors, the team will also include a Technical Delegate, a Team Leader and Experts/Judges for each skill categorymaking a team size of about 40 members.  WorldSkills NZ is a not-for-profit trust which is reliant on sponsorship to both run the New Zealand competitions and also send the team to the International competitions, so the competitors and Experts/Judges are all fundraising and seeking sponsors.

“This is an opportunity for New Zealand’s best young trades people to compete against the best from 50 other countries, and to benchmark New Zealand’s trade training standards,” says Mr Peter Spencer, CEO, WorldSkills NZ.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for our young acheivers to network among the World’s elite young trades’ people.”


Sally Gray
Events Co-ordinator
WorldSkills NZ
027 453-1002