Bay of Plenty / Central Plateau Regional Winners Announced

The top three Apprentices from the Bay of Plenty / Central Plateau region has been announced for the 2021 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. 

The Apprentice of the Year competition recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry. The competition tests our future sector leaders' project management, business, presentation, and practical skills. 

Building apprentice Kaleb Hyndman from Tauranga was named the Bay of Plenty / Central Plateau 2021 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year. The 21-year-old was trained through BCITO and is employed by Calley Homes.  

Kaleb scored extremely high in his written application – his understanding of his project was excellent, and he has clear goals for the future. His practical build was very tidy, and his site visit stood out, particularly in the way he handled himself and explained the build. Whilst the competition was very tight this year, Kaleb showed that he is an outstanding apprentice and a deserving regional winner. 

Second place went to Damien Quarrie, from Tauranga. He’s employed by Diack Homes and trained through BCITO.

Damien consistently displayed sound knowledge of the industry, which landed him in the top-scoring section. Two of the areas where he stood out were his teamwork and reliability during the site visit and the quality of his project submission. Damien is working in a young company called Diack Homes where he is really showing his value – we look forward to seeing him continue to grow and succeed.

Third Place went to Angus McNicol, from Taupo. He works for Lilburn Builders and is trained through BCITO.

Angus displays many strengths- during the interview, he was able to skilfully articulate to the judges the importance of teamwork and told a great story of his project and its challenges. He understands the importance of health and safety, and his team spoke very highly of him. During the practical, it was clear that Angus had prepped himself well, and during the site visit he had a tidy tool kit. 

For the regional competition, each apprentice had to initially submit a building project. They then took part in a two-hour practical challenge where they were tasked with building a shoe rack. The top 10 from each region then progressed to the interview stage with a judging panel and an onsite visit to discuss their project. 

The top apprentice from each region will then go on to compete in the Master Builders National competition. This includes a 45-minute interview with the national judging panel and an additional six-hour practical skills test. 

For more information about the competition, visit