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Mā te ringa raupa: Repositioning iwi-led training within the design, building and construction industry.

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Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, ,

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This report explores the positioning and aspirations of iwi within the trades and allied professions training sector of the Building and Construction Industry in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The study utilises a Kaupapa Māori research methodology to delve into the development and upskilling of young people and second-chance learners in the trades sector, focusing particularly on the building and construction industry. Engaging with three iwi groups—Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Waikato-Tainui, and Ngāi Tahu—the research gathers insights from 14 participants to uncover seven key themes including rangatiratanga and the importance of iwi aspirations, intergenerational flouring and whānau wellbeing, valuing the mahi and upskilling people, ensuring iwi-led career pathway development, iwi managed relationships, Māori workforce contribution to the New Zealand economy, and complexities for iwi in this space. The study underscores the strategic priorities of iwi to build educational capabilities, foster whānau ora and wellbeing, and develop iwi-led career pathways. It highlights the complexities faced by iwi in establishing culturally responsive and relevant relationships with Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the construction industry. The research offers recommendations for analysing iwi-designed education and training pathways, enhancing support for out-of-rohe based rangatahi, recognising iwi drive for tino rangatiratanga, and continuing future research within a Kaupapa Māori framework.

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