News: Te Ara Huringa ō Pupuwharau Open Day


There were lots of highlights for participants in the recent Eastern Bay Driver and Operator Training Centre Open Day. Current students spoke about what they’ve learned and their aspirations for work, and participants could scale scaffold or jump into the cab of a big truck.

Te Ara Huringa ō Pupuwharau held the open day on 6 December 2019. The centre, based in Kawerau, was established by Toi EDA with financial assistance from the Provincial Growth Fund, to provide transport and logistics training across the Eastern Bay of Plenty. “Our Eastern Bay industries and communities totally depend on moving goods and people efficiently” says David Turner, Chair of Toi EDA. “This centre’s vital to helping the region thrive.”

The day was attended by Toi EDA’s three training providers that operate from the Centre: Axiom Training, Toi Ohomai, and Vertical Horizonz as well as current and potential students, and representatives of local industry. employers could see what skills graduates will bring to industry.

In 2020 the centre will host a range of training options from 1 – 2 day courses aimed at license endorsements like forklift, dangerous goods, chemical and gas storage; as well as sixteen-week NZQA approved level 3 certificate courses including the Certificate in study and career prep: Commercial Transport and Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Operations.

For more information on training for a career in freight and logistics, contact Andrew Watson, the Facilities Manager for Te Ara Huringa ō Pupuwharau. Email Andrew at 

For more information contact, or phone 021 970 767

For more about Toi EDA’s Workforce approach see