Executive summary

Te Kurī a Pāoa

Te Kurī a Pāoa

Ko Tūranga-a-Mua
Ko Tūranga Ararau
Ko Tūranga Makaurau
Ko Tūranga Tangata-rite
Ko Tūranganui-a-Kiwa

This whakataukī speaks to the nature of our region, one that has a deep history (Tūranga a Mua), and whakapapa that is still reflected today in our diverse backgrounds (Tūranga Ararau), the highly prized natural resources that underpin our economy (Tūranga Makaurau), and most importantly the notion of seeking parity (Tūranga Tangata-rite) amongst our peers, we have an obligation to all these aspects in our identity as Tūranga, and our hope being that we can create parity of opportunity for our people to thrive in all aspects that make up our region.

This Regional Workforce Plan (RWP) is about people. Tairāwhiti should be a place that provides opportunities for our people to get the skills and knowledge they need to have rewarding careers. A place where communities will benefit more by having opportunities to say what a quality job means to them.

This plan builds on the foundation set by Tini ngā hua maha ngā huarahi Creating Pathways: Workforce Development Plan 2021 by setting out an approach to working in Tairāwhiti in the 21st Century.

Tini ngā hua maha ngā huarahi Creating Pathways: Workforce Development Plan 2021 [PDF 7.8MB](external link) — Trust Tairāwhiti

This is an approach that promotes wellbeing, equity, and better living standards for people as the platform for a new type of prosperity; where people living in Tairāwhiti have aspirations for the coming generations that are truly possible.

By looking at work and business through the lens of kaimahi, employers, and whānau we can put forward some ideals that we can aspire to, in that:

  • Kaimahi know what their job opportunities are and can easily acquire the right skills to realise those opportunities
  • Employers are confident about their future because the people that work with them have the right skills to grow their business
  • Whānau value the jobs and businesses in their community for what they do for households, and for the wellbeing of Tairāwhiti

To better understand the needs of our region, we will continue to engage with our kaimahi, employers, and whānau to ensure that our actions and recommendations reflect those of our people.