October 14th, 2013

Meet Phil Metekingi - an ATNZ Health & Safety Committee rep

As an ATNZ Health & Safety Committee member, Phil, 30 years young, helps to review workplace hazards and develop solutions to reduce them.

“Being a bit older than most the other guys, I’m not afraid to speak up when I think something is a hazard or when I feel work conditions are unsafe,” says Phil.

Seconded to David Browne Contractors Ltd, Phil is in the 3rd year of his Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning apprenticeship. “My work varies greatly; I’m never in the workshop. I’m out at a hospital, airport or pool – really any commercial site.”

From secondary school, Phil knew engineering was the career for him, saying that it was the only subject that made any sense. “I didn’t do so well in English, but Maths, Physics and Technology classes just clicked.” Knowing he wanted to work in Engineering, and in a hands-on environment, Phil completed a welding course through a Polytechnic.

Afterwards, he crossed the ditch to Brisbane where he worked in heavy fabrication for a mining company “It sounds silly,” says Phil “but the work was really filthy – you’d come home just covered in dirt and so I decided to come back to NZ and have a slight career change.”

Now employed with ATNZ, Phil joined the H&S committee after being nominated by his Account Manager, Matthew Robinson. Phil says he was more than happy to put his hand up and help out as he feels he can contribute to the committee by being a voice for apprentices. A big thanks to Phil for his help!