Government will increase the number of trades training places for Maori and Pasifika trades from 600 to 3,000 places, spending $43 million over four years.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Tariana Turia announced programmes from 2009 – the He Toki ki te Rika and Pasifika trades schemes – would be expanded.
The programmes are run through Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and polytechs nationwide.
None of the $43 million to be spent over four years on the additional trades training places would be new money – $35 million would be taken from the Industry Training Fund and $8 million from Vote employment.
Prime Minister John Key signalled the changes in a speech at North Harbour Club in Auckland in January.
The Government’s target was for 14,000 new apprentices to start training over the next five years, in addition to the 7000 who now enrol each year.
He orignally said the funding would come from money saved by tightening up the industry training system to remove thousands of “phantom trainees” he said were signed up under the Labour Government and were not earning credits.
Mr Joyce said educational achievement was the most important way to achieve the Government’s goals of raising living standards through a more productive economy.
“This is a unique opportunity to leverage the need for trades training around the country to boost the skills and earning levels of many young Maori and Pasifika.”
Mr Joyce said there was an urgent need to enhance skills for young Maori and Pacific learners.
“There is a big opportunity over the next few years – particularly with the rebuilding of Christchurch – for anyone interested in trades careers to train and take up New Zealand apprenticeship places.
“Making better links into a trades career is better for Maori and Pasifika people and will be of great benefit to their families and the economy,” said Mr Joyce.”
From January 2014 the Government will:
- Combine modern apprenticeships and other apprenticeship-type training under an expanded and improved scheme called New Zealand Apprenticeships.
- The new apprenticeships will provide the same level of support, and the same level of subsidy, for all apprentices, regardless of their age.
- Overall subsidy payments will be increased by around $12 million in the first year, rising over time. Increased funding for apprenticeships will allow industry training organisations to invest in the quality of education for apprentices, lower fees for employers and encourage growth in the uptake of apprenticeships.
- Boost the educational content of apprenticeships. At a minimum they will require a programme of at least 120 credits that results in a level four qualification.
- Set clearer roles and performance expectations for ITOs, and give employers other options if their ITOs don’t perform.
- Lift the profile of, and participation in, apprenticeships.
- The Government will give the first 10,000 new apprentices who enrol after 6 March this year $1,000 towards their tools and off-job course costs, or $2,000 if they are in priority construction trades. The same amount will also be paid to their employers.
Ngāi Tahu wants to get more of its own people running the tribe’s companies.
It has launched the Manawa Nui programme which will put uri into associate positions on the boards of Ngāi Tahu Holding Corporation subsidiaries.
The first three appointees are Reon Edwards from Wairewa, Christopher Murphy from Ngāi Tuahuriri and Nadine Tunley from Ngāti Wheke and Ngāti Waewae.
As well as attending board meetings for a year, they will get training, targeted coaching and receive a scholarship.
Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu Chair Sir Mark Solomon says Manawa Nui is a step in the right direction to achieving the goal in the Ngāi Tahu 2025 vision document of increasing the opportunity for whānau to participate at a governance level.
A researcher who specialises in Maori in Australia says Maori who work in Aboriginal communities are highly valued by the authorities there because they have an ability to connect with indigenous Australians in a way other people can’t.
Since publishing a series of research papers on Maori in Australia, including a major report for Te Puni Kokiri in 2007, Paul Hamer has also been hearing stories about how Aboriginal people and Maori interact with each other.
He says even though there has been some resentment among some Aboriginals towards Maori who prosper in their country, most of the stories have been positive.
Mr Hamer says he’s met many Maori in Australia who work with Aboriginals, for example in prisons where a high number of them are incarcerated.
He says Maori thrive in those environments and from the Australian authorities’ perspective Maori are the next best thing to being able to employ indigenous Australians in those roles.
Mr Hamer says Maori realise that and have a real commitment to that kind of kaupapa.
He says although there are sometimes tensions between the two groups, overall it’s a positive relationship rather than a negative one.
Paul Hamer is currently conducting two surveys: one for Maori living in Australia and another for Maori who used to live there but have now returned to New Zealand.
Press Release: Maori TV
Maori Television enters the world of Maori tourism in PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS, a new informative and light-hearted series, premiering Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm.
This 13-episode series showcases a variety of tourism businesses, ranging from large iwi-owned entities to small operations.
Producer Elise Francis says PUMANAWA is about being inspirational and practical. “We ask the operators what advice they have to give others wanting to venture into the industry and what they’ve learned.”
Businesses featured include Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua, in which owner Wetini Mitai-Ngatai used his passion for kapa haka to create a unique cultural experience and Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa, where a once lost treasure has been recreated in the 21st century.
“We ask each business how they have dealt with combining cultural practices with business practices and how being Maori is an advantage in the industry,” says Elise.
As a contrast, PUMANAWA will also feature Maori operated businesses that sell or market a non-Maori product and look at the obstacles they have faced.
PUMANAWA also explores the history of Maori tourism highlighting some of the famous attractions that lead visitors here in the past and how they are still attracting visitors today.
Tune in to PUMANAWA: CELEBRATING MAORI IN BUSINESS on Maori Television from Monday, March 25 at 9:30pm
A national hui looking at ways to improve Maori learning at tertiary level is to be held next month.
The Tuia Te Ako hui will run over three days at Te Wananga o Raukawa in Otaki.
Ako Aotearoa, which is hosting the event, says educators and academics will meet and discuss a range of topics including how to encourage Maori students to move straight into tertiary studies after school.
Its national centre’s senior Maori development manager, Ngahiwi Apanui, said the main objective is to become better educators to lift the achievement of Maori students.
He said the sector needs to find a way to reduce the number of Maori entering tertiary studies as second chance learners.
Mr Apanui said too many Maori are leaving secondary school with no qualifications, and getting into tertiary studies down the track. This puts tertiary providers, like universities and wananga, under strain because they have a high rate of adult Maori learners taking on foundation level studies.
Key speakers for the event include Professor Sir Mason Durie, Maori language advocate Pania Papa and Maori law lecturer Ani Mikaere.
Chair of the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand Alan Sorrell has welcomed the appointment of Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban QSO as a new member of the Arts Board and her subsequent appointment as Chair of the Pacific Arts Committee.
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban will replace outgoing board member and Pacific Arts Committee Chair Pele Walker who has resigned after more than six years in these roles.
“The board has appreciated Pele’s outstanding advocacy for Pacific arts. She has been instrumental in the development of an increasingly vibrant, strong and diverse Pacific arts scene in New Zealand,” Mr Sorrell said.
“We are welcoming Winnie as an enthusiastic advocate for the arts and look forward to her being a member of the board, and Chair of the Pacific Arts Committee.”
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban is Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika) at Victoria University following a Parliamentary career in which she held positions as the Member of Parliament for Mana, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister of Social Development, Economic Development, and Trade.
Elected in 1999, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was the first Pacific Island woman in the New Zealand Parliament. She resigned in October 2010 to take up her position at Victoria University.
Departing Arts Board member Ms Walker said that during her term it had been wonderful to see the increasing confidence of Pasifika artists in the value of their work and the strength of their voice, with many now well recognised beyond the Pasifika community.
“There are many examples of our Pasifika artists reaching a broad audience. I have been able to watch the development Pasifika artists and groups as they go from small local beginnings to now confidently taking their place on national and international stages.”
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Māori organisations will be offered shares in 2degrees this year through the company’s original Māori shareholder – a selldown which was always going to happen, a spokesman says.
Antony Royal sits on the boards of the telco Hautaki, the body which holds 5 per cent of shares on behalf of all Māori and its parent body the charitable trust Te Huarahi Tika. Tuaropaki, a central North Island hapū business, also independently holds 5 per cent.
A special commercial arrangement means that Hautaki can sell to approved Māori investors.
Royal said only very informal discussions had taken place with potential buyers but in the next couple of months Hautaki would ramp up its sales pitch. Hautaki wouldn’t be shedding its holding completely.
“The intention at this stage is to sell them in parcels so we have the opportunity to spread them around.
“Hautaki is holding these shares in trust at the moment for iwi and for other organisations who wanted to participate.
If you went four or five years ago trying to get Māori organisations interested in setting up a third mobile network it was hard to imagine what 2degrees would look like.
“The intention all along was for Hautaki to hold on to them until such time as the business is doing well. It’s got a brand, it’s growing and it’s made a significant contribution to the telecommunications industry so it’s easier for organisations to grasp what the opportunities are.”
Proceeds will be used to pay down debt incurred when Hautaki had to borrow to keep its stake in 2degrees.
Thursday, 31 January 2013, 11:42 am
Press Release: Fulbright-Creative NZ
Call for applications – Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency
Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand invite applications for the 2013 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency, which offers a New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage the opportunity to work for three months on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i. The project may be in any genre, but priority is given to works that focus on developing New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction (including biography, history, arts-related and cultural topics) and playwriting.
The residency is valued at NZ$30,000 and includes return airfares to Hawai‘i, accommodation costs and a monthly stipend. Previous recipients have included authors Sarona Aiono-Iosefa and Marisa Maepu, poets Tusiata Avia and Daren Kamali, playwrights Victor Rodger and Makerita Urale, and filmmakers Sima Urale and Toa Fraser. Hawai‘i has been identified as a strategic location for artists and is considered the hub of Pacific writing with numerous universities, library resources, networks, writers’ forums and publishers. It is also an important link to the mainland US and has a strong indigenous culture.
Last year’s writer-in-residence, Daren Kamali, says that the residency offered more than he expected. “I was introduced to the right people and given the appropriate space, time and resources to create material for my manuscript, performances and presentations of my work. The University of Hawai‘i at M?noa was an ideal place for thinking, writing and accessing Pacific material, especially from the Hamilton Library which had a wealth of Pacific books and journals relevant to my research.” Daren was able to network with writers, poets and musicians from across the Pacific, had numerous opportunities to present and perform on- and off-campus, made significant progress on writing his second book of poetry, Squid Out of Water, and secured a Hawaiian publisher for the book when it is completed.
This year’s Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency is available in either the Fall semester (August to November) or Spring semester (February to May) of the 2013-2014 US academic year. The deadline for applications is 5:00pm, Friday 1 March.
See www.fulbright.org.nz/awards/nzscholar/fulbright-cnz or contact Makerita Urale at Creative New Zealand for further information – email@example.com / 04 498 0729.
A law lecturer says the expansion of Māori Youth Courts could be stalled because of a lack of Māori judges.
Rangatahi Courts started in 2008 and are held on a marae, with Māori protocol in the proceedings.
Of the 10 courts, half are in Auckland and the others are in Hamilton, Taranaki, Whakatane, Gisborne and Rotorua.
The first qualitative government report released last month said the courts have proved successful.
But an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University, Tai Ahu, says the lack of Māori judges is getting in the way of the courts expanding to other areas.
He said he would hope the courts would eventually be brought to the South Island.
Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says he understands something needs to be done to encourage Māori lawyers to work towards becoming judges.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013, 6:12 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government
Pacific students ready to step into the trades
A unique partnership between tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and Pacific churches has seen hundreds of Pacific people trained to help in the Christchurch rebuild, says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata.
The two groups combined to implement the $6 million Pacific Trades Training Initiative, which is part of the Government’s wider $42 million Skills for Canterbury package to maintain the expanded training pipeline for trades people for the Canterbury rebuild.
On January 30th, the Fellowship of Samoan Ministers Wellington Region hosted an event to celebrate the graduation of 67 local students from the 2012 initiative and welcome students into the 2013 programme.
“The Pacific Trades Training initiative was developed to reach Pacific students who may not normally consider entering into trades such as carpentry, joinery and plumbing. It’s fantastic to see Pacific students succeeding as a result of its introduction,” Mr Joyce says.
The initiative is effectively a scholarship to support Pacific peoples to enter trades training in 2012 and 2013 and provides up to 300 fees-free places in trades training throughout New Zealand.
“I’d like to congratulate and thank our Pacific church ministers who are taking a lead role in tonight’s celebration as they have been critical to the success of the initiative,” Ms Parata says.
“They worked closely with tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to mobilise large numbers of Pacific peoples, to get them involved and raise the profile of trades as a viable career option. They are also, of course, helping greatly through their contribution to restoring Christchurch as a vibrant and liveable city.
“Their on-going support and mentoring of students has also been a key ingredient in the success of the initiative.
“I congratulate all 2012 Pacific Trades Scholarship graduates and wish them the best as they embark on a career in the trades,” says Ms Parata.