Training and skills development

Enliven your skills, access world-class professional development opportunities and make a difference on New Zealand’s only Pacific public policy internship programme.

Tupu Tai provides workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities to grow the number of Pacific peoples working in policy roles in government and the public sector.

Pasifika peoples currently make up 3% of the policy roles in government and the public sector.

Skills development workshops

During the programme, you will take part in workshops developed by public sector professionals. Workshops are skills and knowledge-based, and include:

  • office administration
  • policy writing tools and skills
  • good practice tips for presentations
  • an introduction to the machinery of government
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Pasifika peoples, and
  • an introduction to key Pacific policy issues in New Zealand.

You will also go on formal group tours to Parliament House and visit the Pasifika collections at Te Papa Tongarewa.

Tupu Tai interns standing together in front of a marae during a leadership training experience.

Tupu Tai interns together during a Mana Moana training experience.

Mentors and support groups

Ensuring our Tupu Tai interns feel supported, heard and seen is important to us.

Throughout the internship, you will be placed in a small group supported by a senior Pasifika public service professional and a former Tupu Tai intern.

Alongside the Tupu Tai Early in Careers Advisor, your small group will provide an extra layer of support, guidance and supervision.

This is a way of applying our shared Pasifika cultural values in a collective professional context.

Networking opportunities

Pasifika success is closely connected to the quality of our relationships.

You will have opportunities to meet professionals in government, policy and community sectors outside of your work placement too. These include the Tupu Tai opening and closing ceremonies, formal group tours and leadership retreats.

We encourage and support our interns to engage with the social and work activities available to them as a part of the Tupu Tai experience.

Interns continue to grow their professional networks and relationships beyond the programme. Many complete the programme with strong professional references, and some move on to employment in the public sector.

A group of four Pasifika women adorned with garlands standing together smiling with their arms around one another

Interns at their graduation ceremony with Tupu Tai Early in Careers Advisor Grace Taylor.