I ngā tau e toru kua pahure, ko tā Heartland Bank he tuku tūranga akoako ki ngā rangatahi Māori kia nui ake ai ngā Māori i te rāngai pūtea.
Hei tā te tāhuhu rangapū, tā Jeff Greenslade, ko te kaupapa nei e whakaaweawe ana i te whakamahinga o te reo me ngā tikanga Māori i te rāngai.
"The internship programme is probably the best thing we could do in terms of making a contribution to young Māori but at the same time, we decided to use that as the vehicle for diversity. We figured if we get Māori accepted as part of the mainstream organisation the other ethnicities would work as well," te kī a Greenslade.
Ko Te Whaiora Te Maapi Pene (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi) tētahi i roto i te kaupapa o Te Manawa Ako Tauira i tērā tau i tana putanga i te kura, ā hei tāna kātahi rā te ara whai oranga, ko tēnei.
"Stepping into an internship like this it really opens up your doors, creates more possibilities and it really makes it feel like you can jump a little bit higher within te ao Pākehā as well."
Ko tā Greenslade e āpiti atu ana, "The Manawa Ako was a way of accelerating a way to get Māori into the organisation."
Ko Payton Taplin tēnā i tipu ake i Papakura, ā kore rawa ia i matakite, ka mahi ia ki te rangatōpū pēnei i a Heartland.
"None of my whānau worked at a bank it's not very common practice I guess for Māori so I was a bit unsure at the start but I think having a big cohort of young Māori coming to the bank and have a lot of support around them helped heaps and gave me a lot of confidence."
Nā te tokoiti o ngāi Māori e mahi ana ki tēnei ranga mahi i puta ake te whakaaro o te tumu whakarae kia whai panonitanga.
"The participation of Māori in the financial sector is very low so just under 3% versus a population of 13% so that was something we felt we needed to help address," te kī a Greenslade.
A, nā te urunga o ngā mātāpono me ngā āhuatanga Māori ki te wāhi mahi, kua kite i ngā hua kua puea ake ki tēnei ranga mahi.
Hei tā Taplin, "All the new values that have been set up for the bank based around Māori practice and tikanga and principles and I feel like just creating that cultivating that environment has helped me be a lot more confident within the bank."
"What we're trying to do is to make Māori culture and Māori language mainstream and normal," te āpitinga a Greenslade.
Tokowaru ngā kaimahi kua whai mahi ki tēnei ranga, ā e toru tekau ngā kaimahi hōu ka tīmata hei te tuarua o Hakihea.