July 25, 2022
Bees point way to jobs for tangata haua
The Ministry of Primary Industries wants the agricultural sector to hire more people with disabilities.
It has teamed up with the Universal College of Learning’s Wairarapa campus to run beekeeping courses for Tangata haua which could lead to work in the sector.
Investment portfolio team manager Cheyne Gillooly says it’s part of a push to make employers “disability confident” so they hire people for what they can rather than can not do.
He says it reflects the whanau approach used by many Māori employers.
“It’s accepting people into that whanau and supporting them for who they are and what they can do to support the wider group rather than seeing the challenges so I would say Māori businesses are probably better prepared to take on this challenge so we are keen to work with them to make this happen,” Mr Gillooly says.
Disabled people are significantly less likely to be employed because of the artificial barriers thrown up.