A programme to help young people in Opotiki into work in the marine industry has reached fruition.
The arrival of Whakatoea Mussels new service vessel also marks an important step towards apprenticeships in shipbuilding.
The Opotiki group have been working on the construction of the Kukutai in Auckland.
Whakatohea Mussels Chief Executive Peter Vitasovich says they'll be staying on at the boat-building company.
He says other Opotiki young people are now working on the vessel.