Background of the initiative: This initiative aims to partner with employers to attract, retain and develop Māori employees in growth industries and occupations. This will be done through providing funding to employers to support the employment, development, and mentoring of Māori cadets, including gaining workplace and formal industry skills and qualifications, leadership training, and opportunities to progress to senior positions. - Te Puni Kōkiri
Thanks to funding from Te Puni Kokiri, PRC have initiated our 6 month cadetship coarse for five of our staff to help develop and grow team leaders. The cadetship coarse kicked off with a Noho at Korioi Lodge in Raglan, where the cadets could be surrounded by Ngahere and views of the Moana. With two days of full training, they were able to kick start the course and gain skills in essential computer software for project management, a site visit with the team from Whaingaroa Harbour Care gave an insight into future planning and envisioning growth.
The demands for eco-sourced native trees have increased over recent times. The establishment of the Waikato River Authority funding for restoration projects and the completion of the Waikato and Waipā Rivers Restoration Strategy has contributed to demand. A key component that will need to be managed for the increase in potential iwi lead projects is to ensure adequate leadership training to up skill our Rangitahi.
“We know we can grow more trees, but we need more leaders so that we can have more project teams and then we can take on more projects” - Sean Wanden, Operations Manager at Pūniu River Care
Alongside the practical training in the various programmes that aid effective project management, the focus and emphasis on Kaitiakitanga is unsurpassed. A value that is instilled throughout the minds of the whole organisation encaputalating the true meaning of being a Kaitiaki. By understanding the concept of Kaitiakitanga we can further enhance our connection to our mahi by carrying the mana of being a true guardian through to our mahi on the ground