Minister of M?ori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples, and Associate
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment,
Tariana Turia, are pleased that the partnership between
iwi, industry, tertiary providers and Government has
received the confirmation of further investment in
activities in Otautahi.
"We have been working within our respective portfolio
areas, to increase the participation of M?ori in
trade-based careers at all levels" said Dr Sharples.
"In February I announced the launch of the Kaihanga
Collective, which is a collective of M?ori tradespeople who
have come together to draw on their experience and make a
contribution to the Canterbury rebuild".
"The announcement of a further $1million will lead to
improved labour market outcomes for rangatahi involved in
He Toki ki te Rika".
"I have been pleased to see the consortium leading this
initiative has taken on the opportunity of seeing how it
can apply a Wh?nau Ora approach to support trainees
including employment placements; greater pastoral care; and
improved retention of trainees" said Tariana Turia.
"The challenges of the ?tautahi rebuild provide unique
opportunities for many of our young people to be linked
into the construction sector through the emphasis on trade
"The great thing about this extension is that it enables
continuity for wh?nau, for trainees and for employers. It
also provides a chance to adapt from the lessons learned
over the last twelve months and to do what we can, to
leverage off this initiative into increasing employment
opportunities for M?ori in ?tautahi".
He Toki ki te Rika is led by a consortium comprising Te
Tapuae o Rehua; Te R?nanga o Ng?i Tahu; The Ngai Tahu
Property Company; the Built Environment Training Alliance
(BETA); and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of