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Flaxmere's new college commando
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
Of the force:
diver and bomb
During his 12 years of military
service with the New Zealand
Defence Force (NZDF), Joel
Ngatuere walked the walk.
A former navy diver, bomb dis-
posal expert and member of
NZDF's special operations group's
counter terrorism unit, Ngatuere
risked life and limb on numerous
occasions during his career, from
taking part in dramatic search
and rescue operations at sea to
helping clear thousands of cluster
bombs and other unexploded
devices in southern Lebanon.
Now, Ngatuere is preparing to
talk the talk'' as the newly
appointed director of Flaxmere
College's Service Academy.
The military-focused academy
is one of eight opening in decile-1
to decile-3 high schools through-
out New Zealand in 2012, bring-
ing the total number to 24 since
the first opened in 2008.
Operated in association with
the NZDF, the academy aimed to
equip students aged 16 and 17
who were interested in a military
career with the skills needed to
pass basic entry requirements
into the armed forces, while
students continued working
towards achieving NCEA Level 1,
at a minimum.
Ngatuere said his military
career, which had seen him serve
active duty in places like Lebanon
and the Solomon Islands after
joining the navy as an 18-year-old,
would be important to earn the
respect of the students.
Yes, so they understand that I
have lived what I am telling them.
I have seen and experienced what
it is the NZDF can offer,'' said
Ngatuere, 31, who had retired
from the NZDF to take up his new
role and was into the second year
of a teaching degree.
Ngatuere was holding enrol-
ment interviews this week to
decide which 20 Flaxmere College
students would be the first admit-
ted to the academy, with a new
intake planned for each year.
exercises and fitness would be his
main focus areas, along with drill
marching, dress and bearing, time
management and discipline.
I will be with them all week
except for when they have special-
ist teaching periods in order to
achieve their NCEA levels,''
Even if students graduated
from the academy, Ngatuere
warned they were not guaranteed
a job in the defence forces.
This is entirely up to each indi-
vidual and the commitment they
put in to ensure that they are the
best candidate for whichever
career they choose to pursue,'' he
But if the students did manage
to forge a career, Ngatuere said,
they would not be disappointed
I joined the navy for an adven-
ture, and that's exactly what it
turned out to be.''
For his training as a navy diver
on board the HMNZS Philomel,
and while learning to dispose of
EODs (explosive ordinance
devices) and IEDs (improvised
explosive devices), he had trav-
elled to the Middle East, most of
the south Pacific, Asian
destinations including Singapore
and the Philippines, and as far as
the United States, Canada and
In 2006, Ngatuere was a mem-
ber of the
who was lost
at sea for 75
hours off the
he was found
alive near Mana Island.
He also spent six months in
southern Lebanon in 2007, help-
ing locals return to normal lives
by disposing of thousands of
unexploded devices, including
cluster bombs, left over from
Israel's 2006 bombing raids of
It's an enjoyable career and
lifestyle,'' he said.
Good friends, travel, good pay,
stable employment and the
chance to give back to the country
and hopefully make a difference.''
Hailing from Tauranga and of
Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane
descent, Ngatuere said his new
role was an opportunity for him to
make a difference in another way.
I've always wanted to come
home and give back to my people.
That's always been a goal of
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