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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 full-time permanent Māori staff in order for them to take on more senior roles within an organisation.

The Māori Kitchen Cadets (Tyler Gordon, Tina Te Waiti, Harrison Davis and Trey Howearth), Auckland, May 2019. Photo courtesy of Te Puni Kōkiri.

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.

“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.

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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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Award winning Māori Leadership Programme.

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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

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
(rounded)
Te Tai Tokerau * $ 260,000   8%
Tāmaki Makaurau   $ 860,000  27%
Waikato-Waiariki   $ 890,000  27%
Ikaroa-Rawhiti   $ 290,000   9%
Te Tai Hauāuru   $ 730,000  23%
Te Waipounamu   $ 200,000   6%
TOTAL   $ 3,230,000  100%

 

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  • Award winning Māori leadership programme recognised through cadetships

    • Date: 30 August 2019

    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.

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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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  • Strong partnership grows Māori leaders

    • Date: 26 August 2019

    “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.

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  • Māori leadership programme proving to be more than successful

    • Date: 23 August 2019

    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.

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  • Developing Māori leaders in an emerging market on their own whenua

    • Date: 21 August 2019

    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.

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