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Regional Workforce Plan
The RSLG has been gifted the name Te Purunga ki Te Raki by Matua Pita Tipene, who says the puru, while small, is a significant symbol of our waka histories through time:
“Te Purunga literally means ‘The Plug’. If you are familiar with a waka, you’ll know that the ‘puru’ is the cork in the hull. If the cork isn’t in place, you’ll be continuously bailing water – or sinking.”
The concept of the puru is a simple but dynamic metaphor from which we can consider and bind the various dimensions of our Regional Workforce Plan. It allows members of the RSLG to interpret and consider innovative approaches at a more personal and intuitive level. The Regional Workforce Plan has developed these interpretations in collaboration with iwi, mana whenua, industry, workers, economic development groups, local and central government agencies, and the wider regional community.
Te Purunga ki Te Raki Regional Workforce Plan
The region’s first workforce plan is underpinned by a Mātauranga Māori framework and establishes a foundation from which the interpretations can continue to be explored, executed and understood and underscore the aspirations of the regional workforce plan: Kīwaha Kia tu kaha ai tatou, puta noa te ao – Stand connected with confidence and competence anywhere in the world. These aspirations underpin the three objectives of the plan:
- Te Taiao – ensuring recovery from COVID-19 related workforce impacts such as health workforce, resilience and climate change
- Mātauranga – supporting a productive economy through workforce planning
- He Tāngata – supporting regional skills and training opportunities to enable whānau aspirations.
This will lead to greater resilience across the workforce, and access to skills so people can reach their own aspirations.