Introduction

Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning that will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the motu. They are a fundamental part of the drive to build a productive, inclusive, sustainable and resilient regions.

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RSLGs have the ability to inform the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) investment of tertiary education organisations in 2024 through the provision of specific regional advice. This document is the vehicle for this advice from the Hawke’s Bay RSLG.

Broadly, the advice in this document will include:

  • Key labour shortages in Hawke’s Bay and the four districts within (Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, and Central Hawke’s Bay)
  • An overview of current engagements with relevant Workforce Development Councils and Tertiary Education Organisations around tertiary education related activities
  • Tertiary education specific advice for the TEC as it relates to direct investment.

This document is in support of the Regional Workforce Plan which includes a wealth of qualitative data as it relates to the first areas of focus for the Hawke’s Bay RSLG; Primary Sector, Construction, Wāhine (Women) in the Workforce, School (Kura) Transitions and Work Ready job seekers.

Hawke's Bay Regional Workforce Plan

All of our mahi is founded on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi):

  • An active treaty partnership - our mahi is always done in partnership and whānau are intrinsic to decisions and conversations
  • A balancing principle - economic drivers are balanced against the holistic needs of people – our conversations and decisions consider all dimensions
  • A ‘present versus future’ principle - as a group we respond to what is happening today and at the same time we consider what this means tomorrow
  • A foresight principle - we consistently cast our thoughts towards the future so that our communities are prepared and equipped to flourish, and sustainable and productive employment as kaimahi deserve decent work and respectable workplaces.

In addition to the workforce challenges previously identified by the Hawke’s Bay RSLG in the Regional Workforce Plan, the region is now facing additional widespread challenges due to Cyclone Gabrielle. The cyclone has impacted regional infrastructure, housing, marae, businesses, education providers, and wellbeing of the people of Hawke’s Bay. The region is focused on a recovery and rebuild that will provide future generations with resilient infrastructure, environmental and personal resilience. Through the rebuild, consideration will be given to increasing positive employment outcomes for our people, particularly for rangatahi and Māori, and how the economy can rebuild in such a way that is underpinned by technological advances, higher skills, and increased productivity. The voice and needs of mana whenua and the community must remain at the centre of all recovery activities and strategic workforce planning.

This document will draw on relevant labour market statistics and projections, paired with knowledge and advice from employers, iwi, unions, local and central government, Workforce Development Councils and other labour market actors. While the primary purpose is to inform the TEC on the Hawke’s Bay RSLG’s recommended investment in the region, the RSLG welcomes training providers, industry and kaimahi (employees) to use this information to make informed decisions around training pathways and skills attainment.

Last updated: 24 July 2023