Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plan 2022

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This is the web version of the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plan.

Download the PDF version:

Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plan [PDF, 2.5 MB]

Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plan summary [PDF, 766 KB]

In this section

Co-Chairs' welcome

A welcome from Oriana Paewai and Katarina Hina, co-chairs of the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plan.

Executive summary

As the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group we are driven to create prosperous outcomes for our people through identifying and supporting better ways of meeting future regional skills and workforce needs.

Our action points

Our purpose is to support resiliency in our regional workforce that creates better outcomes for our kaimahi, employers, whānau, and mokopuna. Turning these outcomes into a reality requires more than words on a page – it requires meaningful action.

Our journey and aspirations

Our journey to reach our action points and our aspirational vision for our region’s labour market.

Our region’s voice

Our region’s voice has seven distinct parts, with the opportunities and challenges relating to employment, skills and training differing for each.

Kaiāwhina Health Workforce

With 11.6% of the Manawatū-Whanganui workforce being employed in Health Care and Social Assistance, this sector holds the largest segment of our kaimahi compared to any other.

Mōkai Pātea Services

Mōkai Pātea Services provide their community with holistic support in areas such as mental health, budgeting, and child protection.

School Transitions

Our tauira (students) are our future workforce. They hold the potential to help alleviate some of the skills shortage pressures being felt across many sectors in our region.

Taumarunui High School Trades Academy

Taumarunui High School Trades Academy engages tauira (students) in mahi that interests them and sets them up for success

Our recommendations

Our kaimahi, employers, whānau, and mokopuna are worth investing in. Creating better skills and training opportunities, and employment outcomes for our people will take a collective effort. In some cases, it would be helped by resourcing from different parts of government.

Our members

The members of the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group.