Investing in education, training and employment for Māori

The economy in the Wellington Region has a highly skilled workforce when compared to the rest of the country. Despite this, Māori are generally operating in lower skilled jobs, in traditional industries, leaving them vulnerable to economic changes and shocks – with women and young people being particularly vulnerable. Māori performance in education requires a significant shift to enable our rangatahi to be able to compete in an increasingly automated, globalised and diversified economy. With a large and growing youthful populationin the region, the Māori share of the working age population will grow in the coming years. We need to invest in education, skills development and employment opportunities to enable rangatahi to reach their full potential.

Sr. No.Key actionsTimeframes
1Develop and facilitate rangatahi education, entrepreneur and employment pathways programmes, with a focus on key future industries1–3yrs
2Support implementation of succession plans for rangatahi to increase capacity of iwi and Māori collectives4–7yrs
3Establish more internship and work experience opportunities for rangatahi1–3yrs
4Establish and promote Māori mentoring/ leadership programmes1–3yrs
5Develop and implement kaupapa Māori Financial literacy programme1–3yrs
6Develop a high-skills pathway strategy for Māori at school1–3yrs
7Develop a high-skills transition strategy for Māori career change seekers1–3yrs
8Establish a ‘reset’ training programme for Māori whose employment has been adversely impacted by COVID1–3yrs

Drivers and enablers: Trade training providers, schools, polytechnics, universities, ITO’s, Māori business networks, wānanga, sector industries, Wellington NZ, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Education

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80% of rangatahi are in education, self-employment/employment, care work or volunteering.

75% of Māori organisations including iwi have succession planning occurring within their organisations and across work programmes

Partnerships between iwi and local/central government are strengthened due to internship and employment opportunities opening up for rangatahi

All rangatahi are given an opportunity to apply for a kaupapa Māori mentoring or leadership programme​

Financial literacy programmes focused on Māori have led to an increase in budgeting and savings by Māori whānau

Schools are effectively aligned with tertiary education opportunities and promoting Māori through clear pathways to education and training

All iwi provide opportunities for career change insight for their people into high skills opportunities

Māori employment levels are higher than pre-COVID and more Māori have transitioned into more skilled areas of work