“It is a huge honour to be the first beauty therapist to be represented at the Industry Awards with HITO and have the title as Apprentice of the Year. I can’t wait to take this and grow from it. I’m definitely motivated to push the other beauty apprentices back in the salon to apply next year!”

Third Year Beauty Therapy Apprentice Machaela Robbins from Pamper Me MediSpa in Thames has catapulted Beauty Therapy to the top ranking in the 2017 HITO Industry Awards held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland this week taking out the prestigious   National Apprentice of the Year Award – a first for the Beauty Therapy industry.

“We were delighted when she won the Midlands Regional Apprentice of the Year and we were simply blown away when she was announced as the National Winner of the Apprentice of the Year for 2018. It’s a huge credit to her and the team for her to get this recognition which impacts both her career and also the industry as a whole” business owner Pauline De Theirry commented.

“A lot of people simply don’t appreciate the time, energy, commitment and training that the girls undertake while they are training to achieve the results they do. It’s a huge effort and having Machaela recognised at this level is an outstanding recognition for that effort and for our industry as a whole.

At Pamper Me MediSpa we currently have 3 apprentices which really works for us because it means that we get to keep the girls at home in Thames, they get the support from friends and family, it reduces the costs and stress that a lot of trainees experience by having to go away and train in bigger towns and cities and sometimes they don’t have the same appreciation of what it means to be part of a real ‘hands on team’ that working through an apprenticeship framework gives them.

Beauty Therapy Apprenticeships are relatively new in comparison to the Hairdressing Apprenticeships and Michaela is proving that when you are passionate, persistent and have pride in your work it will be recognised by the right people.”

Each year HITO, Kitomba Salon Software, and the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH) come together to hold the awards and celebrate excellence in business and training in the New Zealand hair and beauty industries. The awards celebrate the HITO Next Generation Talent Awards and the Kitomba NZARH Business Awards.

The Apprentice of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious awards that acknowledges the best apprentice in the country within the barbering, beauty therapy or hairdressing sectors. This is the first time a HITO beauty therapy apprentice has won HITO Apprentice of the Year.

Pamper Me MediSpa is a national multi award winning salon with a passion for changing lives by providing leading edge services and advanced skin technology.


  • DMK Therapist Of The Year 2016
  • DMKOne Clinic 2016
  • Most Improved Clinic 2016
  • DMKTherapist of the Year; Runner Up 2017
  • DMK Rising Star 2017
  • DMK PURE Clinic 2017

For further information please contact:

Pauline De Thierry

07 868 7058


Email:  info@pamper-me.co.nz