Māori trades training in Christchurch receives a boost

Tā Mark Solomon, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere and patron of He Toki ki te Rika (Māori trade training), welcomes the government’s continued support of Māori trade training.

One of the initiatives receiving further support is He Toki ki te Rika, the Māori trade training programme based in Christchurch.

He Toki is an iwi-led collaborative partnership including Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, CPIT and Hawkins Construction.

“We are proud of this programme and the success it has created so far,” says Tā Mark. “With more resources and support from the government we can support more Maori to contribute to the rebuild.”

The He Toki partnership looks forward to working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Tertiary Education Commission to finalise arrangements for the funding support.

He Toki students are taught in a Māori environment, which involves tikanga and use of te reo. Students do 12 to 30 week pre-trade training courses in a range of trade disciplines including carpentry, painting and decorating, plasterboard, plumbing, electrical engineering, masonry and fabrication.

“He Toki ki te Rika has drawn its strength from the collaborative partnership that supports the programme. The involvement of iwi, government agencies and key industry partners sends a clear message to the students and wider community that this initiative is something more than just a qualification or a programme. It’s about belonging to a cause, a movement that is about building communities and recognising the value of educational and vocational achievement and the role of our identity and culture in supporting positive outcomes for our whanau. That’s what gives this programme the x-factor” says Hana O’Regan, CPIT Kaiārahi (Director) of Māori and Pasifika and student services.

The programme has the support of key industry partner Hawkins Construction which supports the programme in a number of ways including involvement in a work-ready component and the provision of work experience opportunities.
“He Toki ki te Rika is going from strength to strength which is supported by the government’s decision to provide further backing for the initiative,” says Hawkins Construction South Island regional manager Steve Taw.

“The funding will provide an important boost to the programme and ultimately help provide resource for the rebuild of Christchurch.”

Another Ngāi Tahu – led initiative announced today it would receive government funding. Whenua Kura is a collaborative partnership driven by Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Property, and Lincoln University which seeks to grow Māori leadership in the agricultural sector.

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