Hawke’s Bay is a resilient region and will build back ‘better, safer and smarter’. The region is committed to a rebuild that is underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensures due respect is given to the voice and needs of mana whenua and community.
The Regional Skills Leadership (RSLG) remain committed to ensuring kaimahi, employers and ākonga have access to the skills and training they need to be successful in a future where technological advances, higher skills, and increased productivity are at the fore. The RSLG play a vital role in the rebuild as the training and skill needs of the region are identified.
This advice highlighted the need for recognition of skills that kaimahi gain during the recovery phase, with an additional call for expansion of training provision to account for the immediate skills needed, such as fencing and horticulture & viticulture production, construction and infrastructure development. Underpinning these skill needs is the recognition of hauora and wellbeing for the wider Hawke’s Bay community. The impacts of recent Cyclone Gabrielle are not yet fully understood, and the region needs to be equipped to ensure that they can recover and thrive in the new economic and physical landscape.
Flexibility and resource requests underpin this advice as the RSLG are cognisant that the skill and training needs within Hawke’s Bay may change as the year goes on. The RSLG is in support of mixed modes of delivery, TEC working alongside central and local government partners, and the importance of ensuring mana whenua have input into delivery design that is fit for purpose. Training providers, particularly those adept at delivering training incorporating mātauranga māori, are not always formally recognised private training providers, and this impacts the number of ākonga and kaimahi they can work with. With changes to policy settings and taking learnings from the flexibility borne out of the COVID-19 response, the RSLG implores TEC to utilise and expand on funding supports that enable regions to meet the needs of a sustainable, inclusive and resilient repair and rebuild programme.
The lack of opportunities and barriers for those in rural communities such as Wairoa remain. By increasing relevant offerings for these communities, the RSLG would expect to see increased uptake, greater success in employment outcomes and lower NEET rates. Investment into the region from both the public and private sector are ongoing, and with these investments come increasing skill needs. Projects such as the public hospital rebuild, the development of Te Awanga Film Studio and iwi-led developments all come with skill requirements that the RSLG remain committed to understanding.
While Hawke’s Bay is in a period of recovery at the time of this advice, the RSLG want to reiterate the importance of long-term planning for skill needs and trust that the TEC will view this advice accordingly in their development of the Supplementary Plan Guidance for 2024.