Project Details

An action research project to enhance success for Māori by supporting organisations to address internal cultural competency and good practice for Māori in trades training. A collaboration of Ihi Research, Hawkins Construction, Te Tapuae o Rehua and Ako Aotearoa.

Aims: 

The primary aim of the project was to implement Te Ako Tiketike, an evidence based theory model, and identify its outcomes for learners, as well as the mechanisms, systems and structures required to implement the model.

Methodology: 

This project implemented the model Te Ako Tiketike - Māori as Successful Workplace Learners at Hawkins Construction and the He Toki ki te Mahi Group Training Scheme.

The project:

  • focused on learning pathways to bring about an organisational focus on Māori apprenticeship success
  • analysed apprentice support practices for Māori in apprentices
  • provided systems support and guidelines for Hawkins Construction
  • developed a set of resources designed to support the development of a positive learning environment for Māori apprentices
  • looked at integrating knowledge of mentoring and learning, as well as raising awareness about the importance of cultural knowledge on site.

Team

cath savage

Dr Catherine Savage

Ihi Research
hawkins

Nancy McConnell

Hawkins Construction
hawkins

Laura Clifford

Hawkins Construction
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Eruera Tarena

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Kym Hamilton

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Hemi Inia

Te Tapuae o Rehua
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Mathias Pitama

Te Tapuae o Rehua
hawkins

Andrew Confait

Hawkins Construction
Te Tapuae o Rehua

Porsha London

Te Tapuae o Rehua

Status

Completed

Funding

$150,000.00 (excl GST)

$150,000.00 Te Tapuae o Rehua

Key Findings

Findings related to mentoring and Māori apprentices

  • Sub-contractor variability adds complexity to the implementation of support initiatives.
  • Raising awareness in the sector brought about a demand for new learning.
  • Stereotyping and deficit attitudes about Māori were evident and embedded.
  • High staff turnover and change impacts on relationships – the provision for the mentor needs to be ongoing but not always on site.
  • The ability to recognise and respond to cultural difference needs to be a part of the culture of the organisation.
  • Where possible, placing Māori apprentices to work together is best.
  • Providing apprentices with leadership opportunities positively impacts their performance.

Key Recommendations

Recommendations for companies supporting apprentices

  • Your company’s leadership must be strong and committed to supporting and enhancing diversity and organisational change.
  • The culture of your organisation needs to be open to supporting change.
  • Connections with iwi and mana whenua will strengthen your initiatives with your Māori apprentices.     
  • Your businesses need to be prepared to address deficit attitudes.
  • Creating a project culture can support positive learning practices and workplace relationships.
  • Supportive mentoring relationships work.

Report

SUMMARY | Supporting Māori apprenticeship success through mentoring and building employer capability

A summary report by Dr Catherine Savage, Ihi Research.

  • 11 December 2016
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Tool

MENTOR HANDBOOK | Ako Whakaruruhau tuākana mentor handbook

He Toki Ki Te Mahi - Implementing and Evaluating Good Practice in the Trades.

(PDF, 1.1 MB, 24-pages).

  • 11 December 2016
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MENTOR WORKBOOK | Ako Whakaruruhau Māori mentoring workbook

He Toki Ki Te Mahi - Implementing and Evaluating Good Practice in the Trades.

(PDF, 2 MB, 27-pages).

  • 11 December 2016
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Tool

A3 POSTERS | Being a great leader and supervisor

The Success of the People Around You and Your Team is a Reflection of Your Skill As a Coach and Mentor.

  • 11 December 2016
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A5 HANDOUT | Being A Great Leader and Supervisor

The Success of the People Around You and Your Team is a Reflection of Your Skill As a Coach and Mentor.

  • 11 December 2016
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A5 HANDOUT | Coaching and mentoring

Getting the best effort from the people you work with.

  • 11 December 2016
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A5 HANDOUT | Giving a great toolbox talk

He Toki Ki Te Mahi - Implementing and evaluating good practice in the trades.

  • 11 December 2016
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A5 HANDOUT | Leave the land undisturbed

Be a Guardian of the Land And Leave No Footprints. 

  • 11 December 2016
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A5 HANDOUT | Sacred places

He Toki Ki Te Mahi - Implementing and evaluating good practice in the trades.

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A5 HANDOUT | The Importance of the land, food and the Avon River

He Toki Ki Te Mahi - Implementing and evaluating good practice in the trades.

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A5 HANDOUT | The town hall, from market place to living room

He Toki Ki Te Mahi - Implementing and evaluating good practice in the trades.

  • 11 December 2016
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