Tairāwhiti Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Tairāwhiti Regional Leadership Group has been established to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region.

The group is one of 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) in New Zealand, set up by the Government to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our region.

They are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country.  The group will provide independent advice which employers and government agencies can act on.

Interim Regional Skills Leadership Groups (iRSLGs) were formed in June 2020, with an immediate focus on Covid-19 impacts of regional workforce and labour market factors, providing valuable insights focused on helping re-employ, redeploy or retrain workers and entrepreneurs who have lost their jobs or closed their businesses. 

A permanent, future-focused, group will be established by the end of August 2021 and draw on the work of interim group. 


The Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) will consist of 12 members, including the co-chairs. Each group has 2 co-chairs; 1 identified through a public Expression of Interest process and the other nominated by local iwi/Māori. Co-Chairs have been appointed by the Minister for Social Development and Employment and a process is now underway to fill the remaining membership of each group.

Membership of the permanent Groups will vary by region but, in general, include:

  • business representatives to reflect the views from the ‘demand’ side of the labour market;
  • worker representatives, to reflect the ‘supply’ side of the labour market;
  • a local government representative, who may be drawn from an Economic Development Agency;
  • iwi/Maori representatives;
  • community representatives to ensure diversity of experience and perspective around the table;
  • and the relevant Regional Public Service Lead will also sit as a Group Member.

Permanent RSLGs will be appointed by the end of August 2021.

Last updated: 29 June 2021