Last updated 30 October 2018
Last updated 30 October 2018

This page provides information about the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) consortium approach, and resources for consortium partner organisations. 

It also provides a map of the current consortia being funded and provides videos to highlight successes and lessons learned from the earlier Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika initiatives.

The consortium approach

The consortium approach builds on the experience of the Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika initiatives. These were initiated by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), community leaders, industry, and tertiary education organisations (TEOs) coming together to:

  • support Māori and Pasifika young people to complete foundation education and move into employment and further training, and
  • contribute to national projects such as the Canterbury rebuild.

The consortium approach is now well established and operating in nearly all regions with a significant Māori and Pasifika population. 

Information on each consortium is available to view on the MPTT Regional Distribution map.

MPTT Regional Distribution, A3 map (PDF 470 KB) (PDF, 470 Kb)

An MPTT consortium consists, ideally, of at least one TEO, at least one industry training organisation (ITO), employer representation, and at least one Māori and/or Pasifika entity.

Career guidance

We expect consortium partner organisations to, collectively and individually, support each learner to recognise and develop the skills and competencies they need to manage their career in a trade.

See Resources below, and Project Kāmehameha and Project Lumana'i (research commissioned by Careers New Zealand about design and delivery of career resources for Māori and Pasifika respectively).


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

  • Student to student (YouTube video, 2:59 mins) – Students and apprentices talk about what the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training programmes can offer.
  • Building a strong and capable workforce (YouTube video, 4:50 mins) – Employers talk about the great employees they hired who had participated in  the Pasifika Trades Training and He Toki ki te Rika initiatives. These employees are confident, can take instruction, have good attendance and a willingness to learn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jobs database – the Careers New Zealand database providing information for students to explore and discover career possibilities, and find out about the job market.
  • Occupation Outlook – the MBIE tool for students to explore study and career options, and labour market supply and demand. The user may search and sort occupations by income, fees, and job prospects, and match roles to their skill levels in subject areas.