Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of Cadetships?

The purpose of the Cadetship programme is to support Māori to achieve their potential in the workplace, and contribute to thriving, innovative and resilient businesses.

Who can submit a proposal for this fund?

Te Puni Kōkiri will accept proposals from organisations which:

  • employ Māori cadets full-time in permanent roles for at least 6 months, with a structured and tailored training component, preferably linked to an NZQA-recognised qualification

demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • targeted national sectors (Construction and Utilities, Business Services, Transport and Logistics, Food Processing, Knowledge-intensive Manufacturing, Hospitality and Tourism, or Primary Industries (not including forestry);
  • technological advancement, including adapting and enhancing existing technologies, and use of research and development to improve workplace efficiency & productivity;
  • operating in a niche/specialised growth market with opportunities for scalability;
  • track record of constructive engagement with iwi, whānau and Māori communities;
  • operating in regionally-important sectors;
  • providing opportunities for progression for Māori staff through existing established company HR policies and procedures.
  • have sufficient resources and capability to provide structured mentoring, training, potential to access promotion opportunities, diverse workplace experiences, and other tailored support for cadets.

How does it work?

  • Available to support new or existing employees, of all ages.
  • Cadets should be job-ready, or able to become job-ready very quickly with support (including mentoring and pastoral care) from the employer.
  • Employers must provide tailored and structured training and development for their cadets, including mentoring – employers determine and arrange the actual training and development arrangements for their cadets, and may work with other organisations to do this.
  • Te Puni Kōkiri will provide funding to the employer of up to $10,000 for each cadet.

What is not funded?

Areas that are generally not funded or covered under Cadetships:

  • A cadet who has previously been supported by Cadetships funding
  • New Zealand apprenticeships
  • Government and local Government entities
  • Brokerage, consultant, event manager and administrator costs
  • Establishment of role/s to manage or administer an employer’s Cadetship programmes;
  • Pre-employment and/or trade training courses;
  • Training or courses leading to a degree or other professional qualifications;
  • Domestic Travel (e.g. accommodation, mileage), unless prior agreement is received from Te Puni Kōkiri;
  • Digital equipment (e.g. laptops, digital cameras); and
  • Purchase of clothing/footwear, unless prior approval is received from Te Puni Kōkiri.

What is the difference between National and a Regional Application?

  • National – when there are a number of cadets that are located around the country rather than in just one region
  • Regional – when the cadets are based in just one region

How do I apply?

Contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Office to discuss an application for Cadetships

How much funding is available and how will this be distributed?

$3.5 million in total is available for 2018/19.

What other information do I need to submit with my Application?

To ensure that your application can be considered, ensure that you include the following information with your application:

  • Legal Status (Certification of Incorporation, or Certification of Incorporated societies or Charitable Trust etc).
  • Current Financial statements/audited accounts

When will applicants receive a decision about their application?

Applicants will receive a decision about their application within one calendar month of the application being made, unless further information is required, in which case decisions may be delayed. Te Puni Kōkiri may contact applicants in the meantime to clarify issues related to the application.

Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions about Cadetships please contact your nearest regional office.


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