Key themes of engagement

With workforce development councils and Tertiary education organisations.


Manufacturing Engineering is a significant sector for the region, both in terms of employment and contribution to GDP.

Regular connections with Hanga-Aro-Rau have focused on the provision of:

  • secondary, tertiary and industry partnerships and programmes
  • advanced manufacturing
  • the meat processing industry and energy as an emerging sector.

Sector capacity, capability and productivity have been an overarching focus. Connections to the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) and Just Transitions have been explored. Potential Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) and Trade Assistant qualifications are being considered.

Muka Tangata

Food and Fibre is also a significant contributor to regional employment and GDP.

Connections with Muka Tangata have focused on existing sectoral priorities:

  • rakataki, the environmental sector
  • the evolving needs of aquaculture
  • the relationship to Just Transitions.

Ringa Hora

Discussions with Ringa Hora have focused on tourism and hospitality.

Particularly in relation to:

  • Māori-led tourism
  • potential te reo Māori qualifications
  • soft skills/employability
  • relevant ITP connections
  • employer surveys.

Toitū Te Waiora

Discussions with Toitū te Wairoa are at early stages.

The challenges the region is facing within the health sector have been signalled including:

  • rakatahi Māori engagement
  • attraction and retention
  • nursing and aged care.

Waihanga Ara Rau

Discussions with Waihanga Ara Rauare at early stages.

Early-stage discussions regarding construction (regional statistics and Trades Assistant qualifications) and energy as an emerging sector have been occurring with Waihanga Ara Rau.

Te Pūkenga | Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

The Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) has a close working partnership with SIT.

The RSLG and SIT has explored:

  • labour market and skills challenges
  • opportunities
  • gaps in detail.
Last updated: 08 June 2023