Te Puni Kōkiri has been delivering the Cadetships programme since 2010. It is a programme that supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow full-time permanent Māori staff in order for them to take on more senior roles within an organisation.
The Cadetships programme supports employers developing full-time cadets for at least six months, in permanent jobs. Employers can receive up to $10,000 for each cadet, but they must commit to their structured and tailored mentoring, training and development.
News and Stories
Read more about how the Cadetships programme is improving employment outcomes for Māori.
Employers can find the Funding Guidelines and Application Form here.
For more information contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cadetships Programme Recipients
The following table outlines the regional distribution of funding for the 329 cadets funded during 2017/18 financial year. *Some cadetships include expenditure across financial years.
|Region||Support|| % of total support
|Te Tai Tokerau||* $ 260,000||8%|
|Tāmaki Makaurau||$ 860,000||27%|
|Te Tai Hauāuru||$ 730,000||23%|
|Te Waipounamu||$ 200,000||6%|
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
Award winning Māori leadership programme recognised through cadetships
Downer was awarded the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award at the 2016 Diversity Awards for their Māori leadership programme. We talk more with Downer about how the Cadetships programme through Te Puni Kōkiri has assisted them along the way.
Learning on the job is the trick
The biggest Tūhoe civil contractor is helping his people to be the technician, to be the electrician, to be the engineer. Pera Te Amo (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou) has only just come on board the Cadetship programme but we catch up to discuss the work that is bringing pride to him and his whānau.
Strong partnership grows Māori leaders
“The best outcomes, and the ones we’re most passionate about, are around whānau and community,” says Debbie Kirby, GM HR, Transport Services, Downer NZ.
Māori leadership programme proving to be more than successful
Fletcher Building is a global business made up of over 20,000 employees across 34 businesses and hundreds of brands operating in 40 countries, covering construction, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Introducing their successful pilot Māori leadership programme in 2015 has been key to the success of engaging and preparing their Māori workers to enter leadership roles.
Developing Māori leaders in an emerging market on their own whenua
New Zealand Manuka Group is a medium-sized Whakatāne-based primary industry business operating in partnership with Māori landowners in the Bay of Plenty to produce manuka oil straight from manuka trees being grown on Māori owned land.