$9.6mil for Māori and Pacific Trade Training

Heta Gardiner

E iwa ira ono miriona tārā ka whāngaihia ki ngā kaupapa mahi ā rehe Māori, Pacifica hoki hei ngā tau e whā e haere ake nei. Nā ngā Minita, nā Steven Joyce, nā Te Ururoa Flavell me Sam Lotu-Iiga te pūtea nei i whakapuaki, ā e ai ki te hunga e whakahāere ana i ēnei kaupapa, kātahi te whakaputanga whai hua ko tēnei.

Neke atu i te rua rau ngā karahipi Māori ka tākohatia, kia WELTEC me tana hoa haere a Whitireia.

E ai ki te tumu whakarae, ko ngā hua tini, e tīrama mai ana.

E ai ki te timuwhakarae o WelTec’s Head of construction a Neil McDonald, “To give you an idea of how successful it is, 82% of our students walk into an apprenticeship at the end of the program.”

Hei tā te kaiārahi David Lomax, “The important thing is they are going into highly skilled employment; they are becoming carpenters at the end of it.”

I te tōtara wāhi rua a Malachi Paku he aha te ara tika mōna, aa nā te karahipi nei, i mauria tau ana whakaaro.

“Because the opportunity came, and the scholarship was there to support myself and my whānau, that's why I went to this first at WELTEC,” hei tā Paku.

“It's good for them, it's good for the wider community, and it’s good for their whānau as well,” hei tā Lomax.

Engari ko te whakahau a ētahi, he kongakonga noa tēnei pūtea.

E ai ki te mema paremata o Te Tai Tonga a Rino Tirikatene, “$9.6 million, it's great that it's happening but it's not enough.”

Mā tēnei pūtea, ka piki te maha o ngā `akonga, mā te rua me te haurua mano ākonga.