Making a difference for Māori

We have a genuine focus on developing processes and systems that support equitable outcomes and create opportunities for Māori, Māori businesses, industry, Māori education and training providers, and iwi.

These ongoing developments are underpinned by our commitment to whakahonore i te Tiriti o Waitangi and supporting Māori relationships as a Te Tiriti partner on behalf of the Crown.

Some of our highlights in this mahi are

Establishing a relationship with Ngāti Toa Rangatira to provide support and advice for their iwi housing and community development projects. Providing career pathway advice across all sectors in partnership with Te Aranga, the Alliance supporting Ngāti Toa infrastructure and construction projects. Successfully connecting the Pasifika community to Ngāti Toa to support workforce requirements and create possible business opportunities was a beneficial outcome.

Connecting Contact Energy and Ngāti Tūwharetoa with Māori training providers to help with developing a sustainable workforce including contributing career advice to support the construction of the Geothermal Power Stations for the rohe (region).

Working in partnership with Māori-owned building and construction companies to establish, test and refine a career roadmap. This mahi includes various components including iwi collaboration, providing career pathway and transition to work advice and leadership, management and business management advice, and links to government agencies.

These highlights inform future models of engagement, relationship, and partnerships that will bring forth better alignment of career options for Māori across all construction and infrastructure sectors.

Our ongoing workplan is extensive and includes:

  • Connecting the Poumatua Manukura ropū (group) with iwi CEs, iwi Development Managers, and iwi Education Managers via a webinar as an introductory hui.
  • Undertaking research on iwi development projects across the motu (country) and collaborating with other WDCs to support common projects that help achieve iwi aspirations.
  • Working in partnership with Māori Construction and Infrastructure sector industry leaders to advise how the vocational education sector can better respond and support Māori and iwi aspirations.
  • Exploring ways that whānau Māori can have a more success engaging with vocational education as they develop their careers in the Construction and Infrastructure sector.
  • Supporting newly established Training Hubs to help align successful outcomes from their work with the career roadmap for major infrastructure and construction projects.
  • Partnering with industry working groups, associations, and businesses to provide advice and support where required on the integration of Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) and Mātauranga Māori (natural Māori knowledge and science) into business practices.
  • Providing advice and support to align iwi projects with Pasifika communities.
  • Working with MoE, schools, iwi and industry to improve pathways for secondary school students.
  • Raising the internal capability of Waihanga Ara Rau kaimahi and Council members in Mātauranga Māori, Tīkanga (practices), and Te Reo Māori.