Winners 2021Young Plumber of the Year

Haven Bellamy | Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau National Finalist

Haven Bellamy Profile

Haven Bellamy, a 29-year-old local plumber from Tauranga, is the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau regional finalist for the 2021 Young Plumber of The Year competition. We spoke with Haven to find out a little more about what made him want to enter the competition and how he thinks he might go in the final, coming up in February this year.


Fun fact – Haven was a qualified chef, working in fine dining for five years before switching up careers to become a plumber! He got into the plumbing trade at the age of 24 and hasn’t looked back. “I really enjoy working with my hands and finding a solution to a problem,” says Haven. “I was drawn to the benefits of going to a new site every day, being outside in the sun, and how every day presents a new challenge.”


Haven initially entered the YPOTY competition when he was a first-year apprentice. His Plumbing World manager at the time encouraged him to give it a go, so Haven thought “why not?”.


“I wanted to enter YPOTY because it presented the chance to meet and network with other young plumbers - which is always great as we don't normally get a chance to catch up. Plus, who could say no to awesome spot prizes!” says Haven. “Having a chance to learn new industry secrets and sometimes being the first in the country to trial and pull apart new products is also a real draw card for entering the competition.”


Haven has entered the competition a few times before. “The first year I competed I was up against other older apprentices, qualified plumbers and even some certified plumbers which was incredibly daunting. But it's not all about knowledge, some of the competitions involve quick hands-on problem solving which is where I excel. The more you compete the better you become,” he says.


“I’m really proud to be representing my region in the 2021 finals. I'd put a lot of effort into studying codes as I had just recently passed my tradesman's exam. I didn’t think I’d quite take the title this year, but I’m stoked to have won!” shares Haven.


“My strength is in the practical, hands-on part of the event. However, the most difficult was the theory test for sure. Not a single plumber I have ever met remembers every single regulation or code. Depending on the area of plumbing you work in, you may never experience or come across some of the questions in the theory exams. But it always pays to keep reading the codes even when you've finished your exams.”


Haven admits he has some pre-final event nerves but is mostly looking forward to getting to compete against the other top young plumbers from around the country. “I’m continuing to read codes in the lead up, but I’m just going to try and relax and focus on the day,” he says.


When asked what advice he would give to other young Kiwis who are considering a career in plumbing Haven said, “Plumbing is such a utilisable trade – it's extremely broad giving you a huge range of experience in many areas which in some cases are sub-trades such as roofing, spouting, solar, underfloor heating, tiling etc. If you work hard in plumbing it will work hard for you, and it will look after you for the rest of your life. Everyone needs a plumber!”


The Bay of Plenty and Central Plateau regions wish Haven the best of luck for the finals set to be held in Hamilton on February 19, 2022!