Tuia te ako 2018 pt

News, Conference

Tuia Te Ako 2018

28 March 2018

Learner Access and Pathways, Māori learner success, Youth guarantees, Educational outcomes, Workplace learning, Supporting learners

Ako Aotearoa is proud to co-host Tuia Te Ako 2018 with the Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) represented by Te Rautaki Whakarōpū Māori of the Industry Training Federation.

Ako Aotearoa’s Te Rūnanga Māori (Maori Caucus) will lead the organising of the event through Te Manu Mātauranga (our hui planning committee), working hand in hand with Te Rautaki Whakarōpū Māori.


Tuia Te Ako 2018 promises to be an exciting event providing a wonderful opportunity for ITOs, industry and employers to showcase their vision, mahi and people through interactive workshops and trade displays.

Tuia Te Ako 2018 plans to bring crowds of tauira Māori, job seekers, prospective students, tertiary education institutions, employers and community groups from across the South Auckland region and beyond to view the trade displays and to meet with Māori role models, business people, employers, employees, trainers and tutors as well as apprentices and other learners.

We anticipate that this event will be a prime opportunity to inspire our rangatahi to aspire to becoming skilled and gaining employment in the trades – ultimately becoming employers and business people themselves – hence aligning with the TEC goal and conference goal of improving ‘Māori learner success’ as Māori.


This announcement is timely and follows close on the heels of a ‘Kawenata’ (covenant/accord) signed in March this year at Hopuhopu between hosts Waikato-Tainui and the 11 member ITO grouping.

The co-hosting of Tuia Te Ako with the ITO sector is an unprecedented move for Ako Aotearoa whose co-hosts and partners in former years have been largely from the polytechnic, wānanga, university sectors and iwi.

The vocational sector is looming large in the Labour Government’s strategies towards overcoming homelessness and unemployment, and building the economy in the regions. We know that a skilled and educated population are key to a thriving Aotearoa. 

The ITOs are particularly proud of the achievement and success levels for Māori learners in industry education and training. The ITOs proudly use catchphrases like ‘Earn as you learn’, ‘Get a job without a student loan or debt’, ‘Strive to become an employer yourself’, ‘Pracademic – got a trade got it made’, ‘Trades training is tertiary education’, ‘100% guaranteed job’, and ‘Education and Employment and Enterprise’.