Skip Content


Skip Navigation Link Anchor tag

Great start for future professionals

Great start for future professionals


Recognising that the marina industry needed young, up and coming professionals to thrive in the future, Panuku Development Auckland’s marina team has worked with the NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation to introduce an innovative, hands on training programme for future marine professionals.

Nearly three years ago Jesse Bird (pictured below) was the marina’s first appointed cadet, and he has now completed a full cycle of work experience in all aspects of marina management - from customer facing to dockmasters, customer service and administration, at Westhaven Marina, Silo Marina and Viaduct Marina. 

Rachel Hensley (left) has been welcomed to the marina team this month as the second cadet to commence the programme. 

Growing up in Bucklands Beach means that Rachel has enjoyed boating since she was a young child, getting involved with the Young Mariners programme, and going on to be a sailing coach in New York at Camp America last year before Auckland beckoned. 

She says the marinas cadetship offered great opportunities and outcomes. 

She is working with the maintenance team at the moment, but will go on to work across all aspects of the marina, including the dockmasters, customer service and administration. 

Westhaven Manager Kevin Lidgard says that the Cadetship follows on from the NZ Marine Schools to Work programme, offering students the opportunity to be paid for their time while earning NCEA credits.

“For the marinas this initiative is about training people that have the potential to contribute to the marina industry for the long term, and also seeking out enthusiastic, passionate young people that are interested in the marina and marine industries,” says Kevin.