Craig Goodhue

Te Whatu Kairangi Award

A jewel in the school’s crown

Craig Goodhue is Lecturer in Trades and Services, Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka | Unitec Institute of Technology | Te Pūkenga.

Developing the next generation of industry’s leaders and future business owners is a key driver of Craig Goodhue’s values and approaches to delivering vocational education and training.

He emphasizes the importance of mixed-mode learning, including on-the-job and on-campus components as well as peer-to-peer learning to address the needs of apprentices and build a professional community.

He is passionate about contributing to the stability of the plumbing industry while promoting lifelong learning and developing his students’ cognitive and problem-solving skills. Fully committed to ongoing professional development, he uses his skills as a successful sports coach to develop and support his team in a co-teaching environment. He goes beyond the call of duty; making himself available outside work hours to provide personalised study plans for individual students. Watching apprentices mature to become trade professionals peers is something that makes Craig feel tremendously proud.

His Head of School describes him as “a jewel in the school’s crown…a committed academic professional, highly skilled tradesperson, and empathic human being.” Learners praise him for his professionalism and accessibility, “You were the best teacher I have ever met. You were really professional and I felt your passion to teach.”

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Craig Goodhue - Recipient of a 2023 Te Whatu Kairangi Award