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First class engineering at Shotover Jet

As Maintenance Team Leader, when Rikki Swete welcomes you into the Shotover Jet workshop, you can tell this is a guy you’re going to get on with.

Rikki deserves a round of high-fives for recently graduating with his second certificate in Marine Systems Engineering, as well as winning the Bruce Robinson Memorial Rotary International Youth Leadership Award 2016.

The award recognises a positive attitude, passion for the industry, leadership amongst peers and a consistent quality of work.

Here at Shotover Jet, we certainly agree with that! Rikki is a wicked guy with a great sense of humour and an even greater personality. It’s not just the awesome technical skills that he brings to the role – he’s always there when you need him, not afraid to put in the extra yards and takes everything in his stride.

Rikki joined the Ngāi Tahu Tourism team three years ago as a jet boat driver for Dart River. He then took on a role in the Dart River workshop, before moving to Shotover Jet as Maintenance Technician. Last year he became Maintenance Team Leader, leading our team of six technicians.

Rikki has been an engineer for 10 years and has been working on his Marine Systems Engineering qualification for the past two years. Watching him strengthen and grow his knowledge has been exciting, and it’s great to see his dedication paying off.

As a Ngāi Tahu iwi member, whānau (family) is important to Rikki, so he was chuffed to have his aunty and grandmother at the graduation ceremony in Auckland (all the way from Timaru), as well as some of his Ngāi Tahu Tourism whānau!

Keep doing you, Rikki. Whakamihi, ka pai te rangatahi (congratulations, well done, young man)!