Dave Moore

Civil and Mining Graduate

Programme attended: Civil Plant Operation (Level 3)

Dave Moore credits Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Digger School with enabling him to rebuild his life.

He was broke, but is now earning a six-figure salary driving some of the biggest mining machines in New Zealand.

“It’s all happened since graduating. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the course.”

Dave started his career in finance working in both New Zealand and Australia. He went on to own several businesses, but sold all of his assets to invest in a development in Ngaruawahia.

“The day I got the titles for the development, Lehman Brothers collapsed in the U.S and set off the financial crises. We lost everything.”

After another venture fell over, he decided to look into truck driving and machine operation.

“I went online and came across Tai Poutini. I hesitated in applying because I was in my late 40’s at the time, but I’m so glad I did because it was the start of an amazing journey so far.”

Dave says the introductory skills and hands-on experience was instrumental.

“I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of it. It gave me the credibility to hit the ground running in the industry. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, I’m testament to the fact that you can.”

He particularly valued the networking opportunities the course provided.

“The chance to interact and be introduced to people in the industry is critical. It’s something the Digger School is really strong at. The support is there all the way through.”

After six months of hard work and dedication, Dave is now working in his dream job.

“It’s been a huge year. I’m now working at New Zealand’s second biggest coal mine on 100-tonne machines and loving it. I’m still upskilling on the job, but it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Tai Poutini.”

“It’s never too late to start something new. Just get into it, apply, chase your dream.”