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Our Mission

The New Zealand Traditional Boatbuilding School is dedicated to providing tuition, expertise and resources to ensure that the heritage, knowledge and skills of Traditional Boatbuilding in New Zealand is maintained for the future.

Our Tutors

Current Tutor

Mr Allan Hooper

Allan served his apprenticeship at the Naval Dockyard in Devonport New Zealand. He designed and built many boats including Townson Sailing dinghies. Allan was head of the technical department at Westlake Boys High School.

Current Tutor

John Welsford

Design and building small craft for over 35 years.

Current Tutor

Colin Pawson

Founder of Enertec. Has a background in marine electrical power systems.

Current Tutor

Dr. G Kere Kemp

Retired veterinary researcher. Graduated from North West school of Wooden Boat Building in Seattle. Loves wooden boats. 

Current Tutor

Mark Power

Managing Director of Henley Propellers

Current Tutor

Adrian Pawson

Wide range of experience with composite materials.

CURRENT Tutor

Mark Robinson

Cabinet Maker by trade. Worked in the super yacht industry, and has been tutoring in the NZTBS since 2007. 

Current Tutor

Paul Tingey

Undertaken major restoration of many famous classic yachts including Rainbow.

CURRENT Tutor

Steve Cranch

Background in boat building and engineering. Associate of NZTBS since 2007.

Current Executives

Patron

Mr John Street

Chairman

Mr Steve Cranch

CURRENT TRUSTEE

Mr Colin Pawson

CURRENT TRUSTEE

Dr. G Kere Kemp

CURRENT TRUSTEE

Mr Allan Hooper

CURRENT TRUSTEE

Mr Neil Gillard

Founding Members

The founding trustees. Bruce Tantrum, Robert Brooke, Harold Kidd and Ron Jamieson.
Founding Trustee

Harold Kidd

Founding Trustee

Robert Brooke

Founding Trustee

Bruce Tantrum

Founding Trustee

Ron Jamieson