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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.

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:

Māori: indicators of success Pasifika: indicators of success
  • There is an increase in rates of progression for Māori from study at levels 1 to 3 to higher levels.
  • There are increased rates of Māori enrolling in and completing qualifications at Levels 4 and above.
  • There are opportunities within TEOs for Māori to participate in study and research that will engage them as Māori within tertiary education.
  • There is an increase in rates of progression for Pasifika from study at levels 1 to 3 to higher levels.
  • There are increased rates of Pasifika enrolling in and completing qualifications at Levels 4 and above.
  • Tertiary Education Organisations engage Pasifika communities in the mentoring and pastoral care of Pasifika learners.

 

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 Nemani webIani 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.

Research

In 2014 we commissioned this study into Māori and Pasifika workplace training.

Helping Maori and Pasifika learners build their skills in the workplace2 1

 

 Download report here

Main findings

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.

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.