Top 12 Finalists announced for the Apprentice of the Year

07 April, 2020

PrintNZ alongside its training partner Competenz are pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Apprentice of the Year awards. These awards recognise apprentices who have completed their training in the previous 12 months, displayed a great passion and enthusiasm for our industry and excelled in their studies in completing their apprenticeship.


  • Aleshia Edens - James Print, Greymouth - Digital Printing
  • Parth Bhatt - McHargs, Christchurch - Binding & Finishing
  • Vanessa Hooton - Tainui Press, Matamata - Digital Printing
  • Emma Maxwell - EIL, Christchurch - Screen Printing
  • Bonny Seymour - The Gisborne Herald, Gisborne - Reelfed Printing
  • Koshy Thomas - Oji Fibre Solutions Paper Bag, Auckland - Reelfed Printing
  • Thomas Bloxham - Southern Colour Print, Dunedin - Binding & Finishing
  • Ryan Scott-Fellows - Hally Labels,  Christchurch - Reelfed Printing
  • David O'Brien - Sign Network, Christchurch - Signmaking
  • Nurudin Pelenda - Ovato, Auckland - Sheetfed Printing
  • Matthew Stockford - Gravure Packaging, Wellington - Reelfed Printing
  • Kadin Woods - Mirage Visual, Palmerston North - Signmaking

A huge thanks to BJ Ball Papers, Heidelberg, Trust4Skills, Print Finishers Association and Competenz who have continued to support the Apprentice of the Year Awards through this time meaning we can continue on the pathway to naming our overall winners.

Because of Covid - 19 our training graduations this year have been cancelled but normally one would have been held in Christchurch to recognise the achievements of all trainees in the South Island and lower North Island area and the second training graduation would normally be held in Auckland for our North Island graduates. 


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