October 15, 2019
Ngāi Tahu pushes for vocational training role
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu wants the Establishment Board of the newly formed Institute of Skills and Technology to work with iwi to redesign the education system.
The institute replaces the industry training organisations and separate regional polytechnics with a single national polytechnic.
Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai says the South island iwi must be engaged as Treaty partner in building new programmes that meet Ngāi Tahu aspirations for a world where all rangatahi are inspired by their future, confident in their culture, prosperous in their careers and succeeding as Māori.
She says in the past policy makers and agencies have shut iwi out of the decision-making process, resulting in Māori being channelled towards low-skill, low-pay menial jobs.
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