Relationship Manager: Māori.

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Lauren’s role is to engage with iwi Māori and Māori-owned businesses to identify future skills and workforce needs in Construction and Infrastructure. This includes advocating for needs to be met by working with industries, training providers, schools, regional bodies, and the government. The aim is to support a stronger voice for iwi Māori, Māori-owned businesses and Māori Training Providers in vocational education and training.

“Kō ngā Pae Tawhiti, Whaia kia Tata Ko ngā Pae Tata, whakamaua kia Tina - The potential for Tomorrow Depends on what we do Today”

Looking at the year ahead

As a Māori relationship manager for Waihanga Ara Rau, I am committed to supporting iwi and Māori businesses by ensuring equitable access to trade pathways, providers and fit-for-purpose qualifications to support the training and uplift of iwi Māori. If there are gaps that is where we can help, lean in to advocate via policy, connect with other entities or with training providers to move towards what is needed.

We would like to share the insight and experience our team can offer regarding construction & infrastructure, models of trade pathways that are successful as well as connect to training providers and support models that can improve success for iwi Māori.

Outside of work

Whānau me ngā hoa, good kai and kawhe!

Looking to the future

It’s a privilege to be part of RoVE (the Review of Vocational Education).  Waihanga Ara Rau stakeholders now have an opportunity to reimagine the way NZQA credentials are developed and delivered. 

Outside of work

You’ll either find Sue at the Hampton Downs racetrack, walking the beautiful Mt Maunganui beach, baking up a storm in the kitchen or on skis enjoying the vast terrain of the Whakapapa ski field.