Thu 28 Feb 2019

Road to success

A little shy of four years after Suraj Lamichhane arrived from Nepal to study at WITT he is hard at work on one of the country’s biggest roading projects.

Suraj is working as a pavement engineer for Higgins on the Waikato Expressway.

The project will eventually shave 25 minutes off the time it takes take to drive the 180km journey from Tirau north to Auckland and the new road will bypass urban centres, notably Hamilton.

It is being completed in seven stages and has been years in the making – a generation ago a Hamilton deputy mayor lamented the “goat track” between Auckland and Hamilton.

In contrast, the $100 million-plus four-lane expressway will become the key strategic transport corridor connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Suraj arrived in New Zealand in 2015 to study at WITT owned NZIHT, the New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology, and he completed a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) last year.

“The main reason behind choosing WITT to study was because of the quality and widely recognised education, friendly and welcoming environment for international students,” he said.

“My qualification from WITT in Highway Engineering really helped me get my first job as a Civil Engineering Technician in the construction industry, where there is a skills shortage in New Zealand,” he said.

“The approach of the tutors at WITT really made big difference.”

Suraj and his wife are now living in Hamilton and plan to remain in New Zealand while he gains “as much knowledge as I can in the Engineering Field”.


Pictured: Suraj (on right) is working on the Waikato expressway project.