Māori and Pacific Employability Programme

The University of Auckland’s Māori and Pacific Employability programme has been designed to prepare Māori and Pacific students to successfully enter the world of work.

*Please note applications for 2022 Semester One are now closed.*

The aim of our programme is to equip and empower our rangatahi with the knowledge, understandings, and capabilities to make informed career decisions and to be ‘recruitment ready’ as you transition into the world of work.

There is a focus on cultural identity, helping to build your confidence and understanding of the value that your cultural capital and unique story holds 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 for our tauira

  • Understand the value of diversity and cultural competency in the workplace.
  • Confident in articulating your transferrable skills and experience in a job interview.
  • Understand transferable skills and the soft skills employers are looking for. 
  • Understand the value of being exposed to different opportunities to build networks and connections.
  • Understand the importance of reputation or career identity.

Check out past student success stories from our Māori and Pacific Employability Programme.

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

Applications for Semester One are now closed.

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

Contact us

Pepe Afeaki
Contact Pepe if you are interested in learning more about this programme.
Email: p.afeaki@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: 09 923 4851
Mobile: 027 598 6015