Māori and Pasifika Trades Training


The consortia approach

The consortia approach builds on the experience of the Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika pilots. These were initiated by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), community leaders, industry, and tertiary education organisations (TEOs). These organisations came together to support more Māori and Pasifika young people to complete foundation education and move into employment and further training. They also contributed to major national projects such as the Canterbury rebuild.

A Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) consortium should consist of at least one TEO, employer representation, and a Māori or Pasifika entity.

The consortia model is now established and operating in nearly all regions that have a significant population of Māori and Pasifika.  

During the initial phase, MPTT was a joint initiative between MBIE and the TEC.  

We administer all funding associated with MPTT. We are supported by an interagency group, including MBIE, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry for Women, and the Ministry of Social Development.

Consortia in 2016

There are 16 consortia, and the TEOs delivering the qualifications are:

  • Te Matarau Education Trust (delivered through Northland Polytechnic)
  • Auckland Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative (delivered through Manukau Institute of Technology, Unitec Institute of Technology and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa)
  • Waikato Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Consortium (delivered through Waikato Institute of Technology)
  • Te Ara Poutama Consortium (delivered through Bay of Plenty Polytechnic)
  • Te Tairawhiti Farm Cadet Consortium (delivered through Turanga Ararau)
  • Te Pū Wānanga o Anamata (delivered through Anamata Private Training Establishment)
  • SkillMe Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (delivered through Waiariki Institute of Technology)
  • Taranaki Futures Trust (delivered through Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki)
  • Te Toka Consortium (delivered through Eastern Institute of Technology)
  • Te Ara o Tākitimu (delivered through Eastern Institute of Technology, G & H Training Limited and Taratahi)
  • Te Puna Matauranga o Whanganui (delivered through Universal College of Learning)
  • Wellington Region Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Consortium (delivered through Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia New Zealand)
  • Whenua Kura (delivered through Lincoln University)
  • Canterbury Pasifika Trades Training (delivered through Ara Institute of Canterbury)
  • He Toki ki Te Rika (delivered through Ara Institute of Canterbury)
  • The Southern Initiative (delivered through Tai Poutini Polytechnic,
    G & H Training Limited, KIWA, Skill Update Training Institute, Solomon Group and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa).



To encourage collaboration and best practice, the TEC has developed SharePoint.

SharePoint is an online platform designed for consortia members to share information ranging from innovative ideas and success stories to resources.


To help develop consortia, the TEC and MBIE created the following videos to highlight some of the successes and lessons learned through the Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika initiatives:

  • Strengthening communities (YouTube video, 5:44 mins) – Community leaders, business owners and current learners involved with Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika explain how communities are crucial to the success of learners involved with these initiatives, and how businesses and communities in general benefit from students' success.
  • Building a strong and capable workforce (YouTube video, 4:50 mins) – Employers talk about the great learners they have hired who have come out of the Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika initiatives. These learners are confident, can take instruction, have good attendance and a willingness to learn.
  • Valuing education (YouTube video, 5:13 mins) – Education providers, tutors and learners talk about the benefits of the Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika initiatives and how the initiatives led to increased learner achievement and employment opportunities.
  • Student to student (YouTube video, 2:59 mins) – Students and apprentices talk about what the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training programmes can offer.

These can also be found on the homepage of the MPTT SharePoint page.


  • Last changed: 8 July 2016
  • Last verified: 8 July 2016