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Te Puni Kōkiri has been delivering the Cadetships programme since 2010. It is a programme that supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow permanent Māori staff in order for them to take on more senior roles within an organisation.

Damon Khan (Te Arawa), is one of the cadets taken on by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training company Code Avengers. The company’s decision to join the Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetship programme demonstrates their commitment to bringing more Māori into the ICT sector through a structured career pathway and leadership opportunities.

The Cadetships programme supports employers developing 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.

Wellbeing Budget 2020

Supporting employment opportunities and development through Cadetships

The Cadetships programme has received $22.7 million over three years to enable employers and Māori employees to maximise new opportunities from the economic stimulus package. It will also help to address increases in unemployment that result from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The successful programme supports employer-driven upskilling and re-skilling activities for Māori employees, supporting Māori workers to move towards higher-skilled positions and/or re-skilling them for new opportunities. Cadetships have demonstrated a positive impact on Māori earnings, skills and employability, and improve business productivity.

News and Stories

Read more about how the Cadetships programme is improving employment outcomes for Māori.

Jarrod Tua didn’t waste time when his business had to down tools during COVID-19. He swapped his hammer for a computer and applied for cadets funding.

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“To empower young Māori people to stand tall in both worlds, Māori and Pākehā” - Te Ao Marama Roberts (Tainui).

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“I’m so grateful to be here because I can see myself growing” - Queenie Rudolph (Ngāti Ue Pohatu).

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“This experience has changed my life because it’s shown me how to be a leader and given me full-on confidence” – Sam Ingley (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto).

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“It’s definitely made me look more into my future” - Kaycee Thompson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi).

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“I want others to be inspired by my journey” - Robert Matete (Rongowhakaata).

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"I never thought I’d make money out of putting down hāngi” - Tyler Gordon (Te Kawerau-a-Maki).

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“I have gained so many skills and new experiences” - Damon Khan (Te Arawa).

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“It's so different to school. The people here are interested in me learning and growing while I’m working." – Steven Hakopa (Ngāti Awa).

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“It’s given me a goal to strive for in my career” - Kaycee Thompson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi).

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“It’s about acknowledging and celebrating the Māori culture in a Māori environment” – Deb Kirby (Downer GM HR Transport Services).

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“It is our partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri that has given our people opportunity, and an opportunity for our business and I believe an opportunity for Aotearoa” - Steve Killeen (Downer NZ CEO).

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“Learning on the job is the trick, you’ve got to teach on the job” – Pera Te Amo (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou), owner Complete Siteworks Ltd.

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“It’s given me the chance to prove to myself that I can lead and that I am a leader” - Robert Matete (Rongowhakaata).

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“I realised that I would stand in the background but now I step up and step forward” - Ongelle Fincham (Ngāti Kahungunu).

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“I came here with no experience. I’ve developed myself and my skills to get to where I am today from normal labourer to an operator” - Patrick Rangi (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi).

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Learning where I come from and who my ancestors are gave me a grounding” - Darryl Takerei (Ngāti Raukawa).

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“It’s easy to get caught up in the negative things but making the effort to turn this around has made a huge difference” - Jonno Webster (Ngāpuhi).

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“I said I was too busy to do the programme but after doing it I have been awakened” - Val Panui (Ngāti Rangi, Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi).

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“For Downer it is really important to develop our Māori leaders” - Evan Jensen (Te Whānau-a-Tuwhakairiora), GM, Commercial & Finance, Transport Services.

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Application Form

Employers can find the Funding Guidelines and Application Form here.

More questions

For more information contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions here

 

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  • Opening new doors for Māori storytellers through Cadetships

    • Date: 16 September 2020

    When Taika Waititi took home an Oscar at this year's Academy Awards, indigenous storytellers came under the global spotlight. The owner of a Māori creative agency wants to sustain that focus, by supporting other 'creative natives' to tell their stories to the world. He has found a way to do that through the Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships programme.

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  • Kaimahi provided tools to grow Māori leadership

    • Date: 24 August 2020

    Māori kaimahi at a civil infrastructure company are trading in their hard-hats and high-vis gears once a month, for book-work and presentations as they embark on a cadetships programme designed to grow their leadership potential.

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  • Building lives through Māori cadetships

    • Date: 17 June 2020

    Building business owner, Jarrod Tua (Ngā Puhi), didn’t waste time when he had to down tools during the COVID-19 lockdown. He swapped his hammer for a computer and successfully applied for Te Puni Kōkiri funding to support four new cadets.

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  • Award winning Māori leadership programme recognised through cadetships

    • Date: 30 August 2019

    Downer has been helping shape the landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand for over a century, building key infrastructure including roads, telecommunications, water, power and gas networks.

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  • Learning on the job is the trick

    • Date: 30 August 2019

    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.

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