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 actions||Timeframes|
|1||Develop and facilitate rangatahi education, entrepreneur and employment pathways programmes, with a focus on key future industries||1–3yrs|
|3||Establish more internship and work experience opportunities for rangatahi||1–3yrs|
|4||Establish and promote Māori mentoring/ leadership programmes||1–3yrs|
|5||Develop a high-skills pathway strategy for Māori at school||1–3yrs|
|6||Develop a high-skills transition strategy for Māori career change seekers||1–3yrs|
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
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