Blenheim apprentice takes title

02:26, Sep 14 2012
Daniel Crockett
Young master craftsman: Daniel Crockett, of Haack Construction, says he loves his job and is stoked to be the upper South Island apprentice of the year

A Blenheim man can claim the title of best building apprentice in the upper South Island after taking away the top spot in this year's Registered Master Builders Carters Apprentice of the Year.

Daniel Crockett, 22, is nearing the end of his apprenticeship after almost four years working at Haack Construction in Blenheim.

He won the award at a ceremony held at the Giesen Centre, Renwick last night.

He entered the competition as a way to get his name out there and to build up confidence in his trade, he said.

"I love creating things," Mr Crockett said.

"I love standing back and looking at an exterior and knowing I helped build it."


His boss, Haack Construction Ltd managing director Jon Haack, said Daniel has proved himself time and time again.

"He's up there with the first apprentice we had, Andrew Lawson, who excelled in his trade," Mr Haack said.

"He's so like Andrew it's not funny."

Mr Crockett was one of eight finalists from the region and will go on to compete in the national apprentice of the year competition in Wellington on October 26.

His prizes included a choice of either a study grant to the value of $2000, or $2000 to spend at Carters, as well as an Outward Bound leadership course and Stanley hand tools.

Mr Crockett is confident he will become a qualified builder in the next six months and plans to do his OE some time after that.

When he returns to Blenheim he hopes to have a small business of his own within 10 years.

"I want to keep it small so I can stay hands on," he said. "I don't want to be stuck in the office."