He Toki ki te Rika represents a new era of Māori trade training born out of the rubble of the Christchurch earthquakes.
He Toki was launched by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, CPIT and industry partners to up skill Māori for leadership roles in the city’s recovery.
The original Māori trade training programme harks back to the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when hundreds of young Māori came to Christchurch from all over the country to learn a trade. It was a significant period of change that helped to grow the city at the time. In fact, graduates from those older programmes return to mentor and encourage the new entrants.
He Toki is a 12 to 14 week Māori pre-trade training course covering programmes in carpentry, painting and decorating, plasterboard, plumbing, masonry, fabricating and drainlaying.
The students are taught at CPIT’s Trades and Innovation campus and learn in a cultural environment, which involves tikanga and use of te reo.
Also under the He Toki programme semi skilled ‘tradies’ without formal qualifications can gain recognition of their experience through CPIT’s Centre for the Assessment of Prior Learning.
Te Rūnanga is also partnering with building industry leaders like Hawkins Construction and Aurecon. Hawkins are able to provide work experience for some students to support their work readiness and Aurecon provide technical cadetships creating opportunities for Ngāi Tahu to enter into the more technically focused rebuild careers.
With industry and tertiary partnerships Te Rūnanga has been able to create a talent pipeline for Māori. He Toki students are nurtured and supported through training, into employment, and throughout their careers so they become the next generation of trades leaders.