August 22, 2013
Lincoln offering pathways into land-based careers
Lincoln University is encouraging Māori secondary school leavers in Canterbury and West Coast to consider training for careers in land-based industries.
Its new Poutama Whenua or Pathways into Land initiative includes vocational certificates and diplomas leading to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
It also includes programmes aimed at environmental management, as Māori are increasingly called upon to provide expertise on issues of sustainability and resource management.
Hirini Matunga, Lincoln’s assistant vice chancellor, communities, says the aim was to develop the sort of diverse well-trained workforce needed in the growing Māori land-based economy.
Professor Matunga says the Poutama Whenua approach supports Lincoln University’s broader Whenua strategy, with its emphasis on positive transformation for Māori land, Māori communities and, ultimately, the Māori economy.
The university has asked Mokowhiti Consultancy, which has previously worked on a campaign to encourage Māori into health sector careers, to take Poutama Whenua out to some 26 schools with a high Māori student population.
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