A highlight of the LASRA Annual Conference is the presentation of awards to the top performing students of 2017 at the Conference Dinner. This year 3 of the 5 winners were able to attend the Wellington Conference to accept their award.



Advanced Course, Final Year Top Student


Allied Colour Award is presented to the top student in the final year of the advanced course and includes a fully paid trip to the Shanghai Leather Fair. This year’s award went to Graham Scammell, G L Bowron.  Graham was also top student in the 1st year of the Advanced Course last year. A presentation to Graham was made at Bowron’s on 22 August. In attendance was the Director of LASRA, Mr Geoff Holmes, and Managing Director of Allied Colour 2000 Ltd, Mr Howard McConachie.

(L to R) Geoff Holmes, Graham Scammell, Howard McConachie (Allied Colour 2000)



Advanced Course, Final Year Runner Up


Dominion Salt Award is presented to the runner-up on the final year of the Advanced Course, including a cheque for $500. This year’s award went to went to Mafua Tongotea (Tasman Tanning Company Ltd)








(L to R) Mafua being presented with his award from Shane Dufaur (CEO, Dominion Salt Ltd)



Introductory Course Top Student


Shamrock Award for top student of the Introductory Course, and a cheque for $1000 went to Ian Paramore (Lowe Corporation Ltd) Accepting the award on Ian’s behalf is Anthony Nonis (Technical Manager, Lowe Corporation Ltd)   



(L to R) John Quigley (Director, The Shamrock Group Ltd) presenting to Anthony.



Introductory Course Runner Up


Interchem Award for the runner-up of the Introductory Course, and a cheque for $500 went to Renata Torres (Lowe Corporation Ltd).

(L to R) Renata receiving her award from Michael Wheeler (Account Manager, Interchem Agencies Ltd)



Fellmongery Award


The Azelis Award for Fellmongery, including a cheque for $1000, went to David Cassidy (NZ Light Leathers Ltd)









(L to R) David receiving his award from David Thompson (Industry Manager at Azelis NZ Ltd)