Te Haerenga - Māori and Pacific Employability Programme

Te Haerenga has been designed to prepare Māori and Pacific students to successfully enter the world of work.


Te Haerenga | The Journey

‘Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua’

‘Look back and reflect to move forward’ - Looking to the past to inform the future

Te Haerenga was created to empower you with the confidence, knowledge, and abilities to find your purpose and be ‘recruitment ready’ as you transition into the world of work.

There is a focus on cultural identity, building confidence and understanding of the value that your cultural capital and unique story hold in the workplace.

How we can help you

  • We work with all our students in your first year through to final year.
  • We help you to build connections with employers and alumni/mentors to help with the transition from Uni to the workforce.
  • You will have access to a wide range of employers from different industries.
  • Create a safe space for you to see the value of your cultural identity and to be your authentic self.
  • Provide career and employability workshops.
  • Ongoing career coaching and support.
  • Opportunity to connect with mentors (alumni).

Expected outcomes: What's in it for you

  • Understand the value of diversity and cultural awareness in the workplace
  • Increase your confidence in articulating your transferrable skills and experience in a job interview
  • Understand transferable skills, what employers are looking for and identify your own strengths
  • Build networks and connections through exposure to different industries
  • Understand the importance of your professional reputation or career identity

Check out past success stories from students who have participated.

I've attended too many CDES sessions to list, but most notably would be their 'Get Recruitment Ready series for Māori and Pacific Tauira'. Thanks to the help and exposure provided by CDES, I was confidently able to apply for and secure a variety of internships. After attending CDES facilitated sessions with Tupu Tai and KPMG, I was able to intern at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (2020/2021 summer) and KPMG (2021/2022 summer).

Aulo Barclay

How to apply

If you are a current student and would like to participate in Te Haerenga, please get in touch with us.

Our partner organisations

  • Dress for Success
  • Vodafone
  • Xero
  • Deloitte
  • Orion Health
  • Auckland Council
  • Auckland Transport
  • BNZ
  • NZ Transport Agency
  • Microsoft
  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Waitemata District Health Board
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • EY
  • Summer of Tech
  • Nestle
  • The Treasury
  • State Services Commission
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Minstry of Transport
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples

If you are an employer wanting to take part in activities for Māori and Pacific students, please email Pepe Afeaki.