Student Profiles

Tavita Karika 

Tavita didn't find love on the bachelorette but he did find it in barbering.


Like many of us Tavita had other plans for 2020, but diversifying and upskilling were the goal as he looked for new opportunities in the creative space. Tavita says the universe gave him a sign “I searched up courses and this one was starting in a weeks’ time. I was working as a personal trainer and it seemed too soon but I saw it as the universe giving me what I want. If I don’t do it today, I am going to regret it tomorrow, so I just went for it.“

Barbering wasn’t completely new to Tavita as he used to cut the hair of his teammates before basketball games, “I really enjoyed the comradery and making the boys look fresh before they hit the court”. The real motivation for him to get into the industry was mental health “Men don’t talk. I like to help out where I can. Giving men haircuts is the coolest thing as it gets them in a position to talk from having a laugh to the more serious issues.“ Tavita has experienced mental health first hand and understands the importance of breaking the stigma, “I’ve gone through a couple of things that are relatable. I can give someone a haircut, make them feel awesome and look dope while providing a safe place to talk and not be judged. We’re all just humans.”

The class, based in Porirua, is mentored by Sonny who Tavita describes as “such a great tutor he just gives this big brother vibe that you wouldn’t get most places and he’s also extremely approachable.”

With contacts in the barbering world and confidence growing daily, Tavita has a bright future and hopes to one day open his own shop named after his late grandfather. In a trade that can be taken anywhere and with a positive attitude, we can’t wait to see Tavita succeed on his next journey.


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