Māori Pasifika Employability Programme

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

We know that Māori and Pacific people are typically underrepresented in the professional workforce. We also know that with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, organisations are better representing the communities that they operate in.

About the programme

How do you know about the kinds of careers that exist unless you know someone in them or have been exposed to them in another way?

The Māori Pasifika Employability Programme provides students with the opportunity to explore various career pathways, better understand how personal values and interests align to opportunities, and increase their awareness and understanding of employers and employer environments. All the while, they are getting better prepared for future opportunities.

There is a strong emphasis on creating a space for students to see the value of their cultural identity within the profession they choose. The added benefit is that it provides employers with the opportunity to develop their talent pipeline whilst also increasing their brand and reputation with students and their whanau.

The programme has three distinct stages that align with milestones of a degree, as well as the different stages of the employer graduate recruitment pipeline. Stage one is focused on career exploration, whilst the middle years are dedicated to employability/experiential learning. The final year is focused on transition.

Stage one: Career exploration

Gathering information by exploring career pathways, organisational environments, culture and purpose, with the aim of making well-informed career and study decisions. 

Stage two: Experiential learning

Experiencing in more depth preferred career pathways and environments through job shadowing and experiential learning. This helps to:

  • Inform career objectives
  • Build knowledge and experience regarding the capabilities required for specific roles
  • Build relationships with organisations of interest

Stage three: Transition

Equipping students with the tools and knowledge to put their best foot forward in their desired role and industry. 

Contact us

If you are interested in learning more about this programme, please contact Riki Apa at r.apa@auckland.ac.nz.

We have worked with:

  • Vodafone
  • Xero
  • Orion Health
  • Auckland Council
  • NZTA
  • Microsoft
  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Waitemata District Health Board
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • EY
  • Nestle
  • Treasury
  • State Services Commission
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Minstry of Transport
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples