Oliver - Painter And Plasterer - Christchurch, New Zealand

Leith Oliver

Christchurch, New Zealand


Painter And Plasterer


My commitment to the future hope of this city after the earthquakes has motivated me to join the rebuild of Christchurch in a practical way. I have received excellent practical and theoretical training in my new career pathway through CPIT, and I always strive to give of my best, even in challenging situations and contexts. My experiences living and working abroad will make me a valuable contributor to any work team in Christchurch as we internationalise our workforce.

Work History


CPIT student work experience

March 2014 - May 2014

May 2014 2 days CPIT Work experience. Canterbury Drywall Solutions (CDS)
Joined their small teams to fix Fibrefuse to walls, and other EQC plastering repairs in several houses around central Christchurch.

March 2014 5 days CPIT Work experience, Smith and Sons Ltd, "North Canterbury" Working with their plastering subcontracter, ("Paint Smart") to learn plastering skills with hawk and trowel and earthquake crack repairs


CPIT student work experience

October 2013 - December 2013

December 2013 3 days CPIT Work experience, Total Finish Co Ltd, Hornby, Christchurch. Joined their team for EQC residential house repairs.

November 2013 3 days CPIT Work experience, Poultney Painting Co Ltd, Christchurch. Joined their team on exterior weatherboard prep, 2nd and 3rd floor scaffolding, large Hereford St hotel.

October 2013 1 day CPIT Work experience, Spencer Painting Co Ltd, Christchurch
Training in paint application and prep work on expensive beachfront property, intensive health and safety team instruction.

Research Assistant

Institute of Future Studies for Development

Bangkok, Thailand
Wrote and managed the English Correspondence and written work of my boss, a leading academic mover of Social Development in Thailand, and active politician.
Edited books, papers, lessons and numerous articles for publication in magazines, books and newspapers in Thailand and overseas.

I was also a leader in an International Fellowship group in Bangkok, mixing with many nationalities in a foreign context in Thailand. I am fluent in Thai language.

Fulltime classroom teacher

Halswell Primary School

For NZ children, Year 3 primary school


Painting and Plastering

I have been working solo each week in 2014 at a private hillside home in Christchurch, prep work and painting main exterior feature window surrounds and panels, then asked to return and paint doors and concrete blocks. I have also been working on Saturdays at a private home in lower Christchurch, plastering earthquake cracks and holes, then prep work and painting of a bathroom/toilet using oil-based materials. I work consistently and to a high standard, with attention to detail, and the house-owners have expressed delight in the results.

Qualifications & Certifications

Pre-Trade Plasterboard, Level 3

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

CPIT Next Step Centre for Women

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts degree

Canterbury University

New Zealand Trained Teachers Certificate

Auckland Teachers College

Bachelor of Arts

Auckland University

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

"Next Step Centre for Women"

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