Māori and Pasifika
Māori and Pasifika
Why this matters
Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, fakalofa lahi atu, greetings.
If New Zealand is to prosper, every New Zealander needs to have the opportunity to build their skills and career and every New Zealand company needs to be able to hire and develop skilled employees to build their business. At Competenz we want to play an active part in making these things happen.
The government’s Tertiary Education Strategy 2014 to 2019
This strategy makes lifting the number of Māori and Pasifika learners who enrol in and complete education at higher levels a priority. The ‘indicators of success’ below are relevant to industry training organisations like Competenz:
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Our Māori and Pasifika learners
Over 4,000 of our learners identify as Māori and around 1,600 as Pasifika. They include these people who are excelling in their chosen fields:
Leading this work
Our activities are guided by people with standing in Māori and Pasifika communities.
Our Competenz Māori and Pasifika Manager: Iani Nemani
Iani has over 15 years’ experience working in economic, community and labour market development in local and central government. He is an experienced stakeholder engagement manager. Before he joined Competenz, Iani was Relationship Manager, Pacific Skills with Immigration New Zealand.
1. Māori and Pasifika learners are enrolling in trades training at a rate that is much lower than the rate at which they participate in the workforce.
2. Ethnicity does not predict whether Māori and Pasifika learners complete their qualifications.
3. Most of the factors which help our Māori and Pasifika learners complete their qualifications, and the factors which make it hard, are common to all our learners.
4. To help our Māori and Pasifika learners succeed we need to:
- promote workplace learning and careers in the trades
- improve our assessment and study materials and our assessment processes
- continue to identify and support our struggling learners.
5. We need to support all these activities by building stronger cultural partnerships and understanding.
Coverage in the national media
Auckland Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative (MPTT)
Competenz is playing a leading role in the Auckland Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative, a collaboration with the Skills Org, Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, Connexius, Manukau Institute of Tehnology and Unitec. The AMPTTI consortium gives the under-represented group of Māori and Pasifika aged 18-34 years an opportunity to train for employment in priority trades, and connects them with local employers.
Got a Trade? Got it Made!
Got a Trade is a national campaign to raise awareness of on-the-job training and careers in New Zealand’s trades and services. It celebrates the talents and achievements of Kiwis making headway in their vocation, including Māori and Pasifika people.
For more information, visit the Got a Trade website.