ABOUT Māori AND PASIFIKA TRADES TRAINING
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Auckland is a group of training and industry organisations working together to help Māori and Pasifika become leaders in the trades. With partnerships throughout the industry, we combine trades training with mentoring and financial support, and connect trainees with employers to take them right into the heart of their chosen trade.
What we do
- We offer trainees practical support to build their careers – including free fees, a $1000 tools grant and help finding work.
- Our “Navigators” guide trainees through their training and beyond, encouraging them to aim high and continually develop their skills.
- We partner with training and industry organisations to connect trainees with those in the know about their chosen trade.
- We work closely with employers to help meet the growing demand for skilled tradespeople in Auckland.
- Since we started in 2015, we’ve helped more than 1,432 trainees learn a trade, and 56% of our graduates are now in apprenticeships, trades-related employment or further study.
What we value
- Whakamana– Conducting relationships in ways that enhance the mana and mauri of everyone involved.
- Kia ngatai to waihoe – Recognising the value in each other’s strengths and the importance of working together.
- Whaia to iti Kahurangi – Commitment to the highest standard and best practice.
- Ehara taku toa takitahi, engari he toa takimano – Leadership strength based on relevance, accessibility and quality.
- Kai pumai kit e kaupapa – A foundation of trust, integrity and commitment to Maori and Pasifika education and training.
HOW WE’RE FUNDED
There’s a shortage of qualified tradespeople in Aotearoa and an increasing number of jobs in the industry. At the same time, Māori and Pasifika are underrepresented in skilled trades positions. To help fill the skills gap, the Tertiary Education Commission has given us Government funding to help young Māori and Pasifika build a career in their chosen trade.OUR PEOPLE
MPTT Auckland is a team effort. Meet the people who are helping our trainees become leaders in the trades.
mana whakahaere - ambassadors
Tuwhakairiora (Tu) Williams Mana Whakahaere
Tu (Whakatohea, Ngai Tai, Ngāti Porou) has a strong family history in the trades, beginning with his grandfather who was a Master Builder. Now serving as Mana Whakahaere (ambassador) for MPTT, he has an extensive background in the health and education sectors.
Tu says MPTT is a great opportunity for Māori and Pacific youth. “These young people will be able to provide a more secure future for themselves and their families. The trades industry will benefit as more people gain the skills required to meet demand. MPTT is good for the industry, good for the economy and good for the country.”
Fiona Kingsford Chair
Fiona Kingsford, chief executive of Competenz, has been involved with MPTT from the beginning. “I’m passionate about making a difference to our young Māori and Pasifika learners,” she says. “I believe together we can have a greater impact than what each partner can do alone.” MPTT’s relationships with the community and industry are crucial, says Fiona. “MPTT is focused on providing pathways for our young people into exciting careers in the trades. To do this we need to build stronger connections with Māori and Pasifika communities and our employer networks.”
Robert Sullivan MIT
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga MIT
Nancy McConnell Hawkins & Downer
Nancy has been involved in the construction industry all her life. She grew up working at the McConnell’s family-owned construction company during school holidays, and now uses her extensive industry experience as a Strategic Advisor with Hawkins and parent company, Downer NZ. She says becoming a quality tradesperson should be worn as a badge of pride. “In my experience, our education system has failed many Māori and Pasifika students and, in turn, their families. The MPTT programme provides a fantastic opportunity for the young, and not so young, to kick-start a career in construction.”
Jenny Solomon Solomon Group
Bernard Te Paa Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Tevita Funakai The Fono
Tuwhakairiora (Tu) Williams Mana Whakahaere
Huia Hawke Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Sam Sefuiva Project Manager
Sam is the former New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s Principal Advisor Race Relations. He worked with other public and community agencies in the mid-1970s to promote the work of the former Māori Trades Training Scheme in the 1970s, and in 1986 he helped found the Pacific Business Trust. He says the current MPTT programme is creating direct pathways into the trades for Māori and Pasifika Aucklanders. “All our efforts are to get Aucklanders of Māori and Pacific heritage into the trades to be independent, make good choices and benefit themselves, their families and our Pasifika community.” Sam encourages those considering learning a trade to take advantage of the demand for a skilled workforce. “Here is a chance to take your future into your own hands, gain a skill that has worth, and have the choice to build a career, support your family and create your own lifestyle.”
027 477 2086
Shelley Riley Project Coordinator
Shelley has family roots in the trades – her dad is a qualified fitter and turner, while her brother is a boat builder who worked on the Emirates Team New Zealand boat. After working in trades education at MIT, she joined MPTT to use her experience to help more Māori and Pasifika into the trades. Shelley’s advice to those considering a career in the trades is to dive in and get started. “There will never be a perfect time, so why put it off? Nobody can take your trade away from you, and once you have your qualification you’ll never look back.”
022 305 6924
navigators and relationship managers
Rangi Williams Unitec Relationship Manager
Rangi, whose iwi is Te Arawa, has been working with Māori in trades since 2011. He hopes his work with MPTT will help trainees see the trades as a great career path and an investment in their future. “I want to help foster a change of mindset of tauira Māori to engage in the trades as a long-term plan.” Outside of work, Rangi enjoys food, sport, graphic design and spending time with whānau.
021 233 4497
Naomi Tito MIT Relationship Manager
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In her role for MPTT, Naomi is focused on providing Māori and Pasifika with meaningful opportunities to enrich their lives and those of their whanau and communities. “I want to support their challenges and share their values and aspirations, enabling them to realise their potential as leaders in their communities. Māori and Pacific people know what they need to uplift and sustain their Mana and their dreams.” In the beautiful words of Te Puea Hērangi “If I dream alone, I can achieve something, but if we all dream together we can achieve much more.”
Daniel Warren Solomon Group Navigator
Daniel, whose iwi is Nga Puhi, Ngati Whatua, Tainui, and Ngati Maru (Kei Hauraki), says the MPTT programme helps Māori and Pasifika achieve their goals and help their communities. “It provides opportunities and empowers our youth to build a promising future.” His advice to those thinking about learning a trade is to think about what you want for your future. “Where do you see yourself in five or ten years if you continue doing what you’re doing? Learning a trade will set you up for life wherever you are in the world.”
021 288 6544
Murray Conroy Solomon Group Navigator
For Murray, whose iwi is Te Arawa, being a Navigator is about empowering trainees in their lives and careers. “It’s about teaching them skills for life not just for a season, helping them develop a strong identity of who they are and where they belong in this world.” Outside of work, he enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with family, including his six children. “I like going on bush walks, making positive memories with whānau and friends, and travelling around our beautiful motu.”
021 288 6550
Shirley Murray Solomon Group Navigator
Shirley has years of experience helping people find employment in the trades, and is happy to be on board with MPTT. “The MPTT programme helps our young tauira to identify and learn about themselves and who they want to be as sustainable contributors within the workforce.” Outside of work Shirley is an avid bookworm who loves travel and sea air. A mother of three daughters, she is also a nana of six and great-nana of eight who “adores her mokos”.
027 808 2917
Tu Nu’uali’itia Oceania Careers Academy Navigator
As a Navigator, Tu helps our trainees get ready for working life and become leaders in the trades. He is married with three adult children and when he isn’t at work he enjoys spending time at church events or at the beach. Tu, who is New Zealand-born Samoan, wants to encourage young Māori and Pasifika to aim high and set goals to achieve their dream career. “Tomorrow only has real meaning for those who have somewhere they need to get to – otherwise it’s just another day.”
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021 381 438
Travis Fenton Oceania Careers Academy Navigator
Travis, who is Samoan, Tongan and Danish, says his role is about guiding trainees into their desired career. “It’s not about what I want to achieve but what I want others to achieve for themselves. If I were to achieve anything, it would be to be an effective guide and helper in seeing people reach their goals.” When he’s not working, Travis enjoys creating hip hop instrumentals. “I have an extreme passion for music, both as a producer and a listener. It gives me a high sense of creative accomplishment.”
021 381 656
Issac Liava’a Skills Relationship Manager
With a background in scaffolding and construction, Issac now uses his industry knowledge in his role as National Manager Pasifika at the Skills Organisation. The Tongan New Zealander has been involved with MPTT from the beginning, and says the programme helps Māori and Pasifika learn sought-after skills. “It also offers the opportunity to learn and earn without getting into student debt, and practical hands-on learning which suits a lot of our trainees.”
021 775 210
Caroline (Ligi) Harris ServiceIQ Relationship Manager
Caroline, who is NZ Samoan, Chinese and American, comes from a family of tradies. “My father was a welder, and my four brothers are all tradespeople. I’m the only girl in my family, so I’m used to people with strong work ethics”. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys creative pursuits and being involved in her community. “I’m passionate about working with women and their daughters. Also, I like spoken word poetry, live show productions, deep and meaningful talanoa (talks) about life, most of all, laughter and adventures with friends and family.”
021 599 400
Lucia Lolesi Solomon Group Navigator
A zealous Warriors fan, Lucia is also passionate about helping MPTT trainees succeed in their careers. “I would like to see each and every student living their potential – not just dreaming it but living it and enjoying the fruits of their hard work.” Lucia says MPTT plays an important role in getting Maori and Pasifika into training and employment. “It gives a hand-up as opposed to a hand-out because students still have to do the mahi to pass their courses.” She adds that the scholarship helps remove financial barriers to trades training. “Money is often a defining factor for Maori and Pasifika people as a whole in regard to further education. With MPTT scholarships, money has been taken out of the equation.”
0800 747 687
Monique Le Marque NZMA Relationship Manager
Monique, who is South African, is an explorer who loves visiting new places. “Travel and exploring new cultures and languages is my passion. I have visited more than 40 countries and speak three languages – English, Afrikaans and German. ” She says MPTT is a life-changing opportunity, not only for trainees but for their whānau and community, and has a significant impact on the New Zealand economy as well. “A trade qualification is a passport that can open numerous doors. Tradespeople are in huge demand and have amazing earning potential. With equal measures of elbow grease, perseverance and aspiration, you could someday own your own business and have true financial freedom.”
021 779 433
Courtney Wilson NZMA Navigator
Courtney’s background in the trades started early in life. “My dad is a tradesman, so I was raised surrounded by people who were hands-on, practical folk.” She has since used that insider knowledge to recruit for the mining industry in Australia, before returning to New Zealand to work with students entering the trades. She is passionate about helping students become the person they want to be, and has a particular interest in encouraging women to take opportunities in the industry. “Nothing gives me more joy than seeing someone step up, grab an opportunity and give it their all. I will help anyone who wants it, anyway I can.”
021 607 838
Our partners are central to the work we do. We collaborate with training, industry and community organisations to connect trainees with opportunities in their chosen trade.
Polytechnics and Training Providers
NZMA provides hands-on training giving students real skills for today’s professions. Across seven campuses nationwide they deliver employment-focused vocational training in purpose built campuses simulating real-life work environments to over 3,500 students each year in the fields of hospitality, cookery, business, retail, contact centre, construction, electrical engineering, plumbing & gas fitting, early childhood education and health. NZMA’s employment outcomes are amongst the highest in the sector, placing over 80% of graduates into employment or higher learning annually.
INDUSTRY TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (ITOs)
industry and community