Toi Ki Tua is a kaupapa Māori summer internship programme opening doors for Māori tertiary students to step into high-value professional careers across the Bay of Plenty.

Read more about the programme here…

Employer benefits:
  • Access to a pool of talented Māori tertiary students.  With 44% of the Bay of Plenty’s youth population being Māori, this is an opportunity to develop your future workforce
  • Pastoral care and support provided by the programme. Employ students who are well-supported in their cultural needs and in their professional journey.
  • Build a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, that reflects the environment your organisation resides in
  • Incorporate a Te Ao Māori perspective into your organisation
  • Build an authentic connection with local Māori communities, while also providing an opportunity to showcase your business
  • Progress a project you may not otherwise have resources for

How does it work?

Toi Ki Tua's role is:

  • Work with you to define and shape your internship placement
  • Recruit students* through established relationships with Māori communities and the tertiary sector.
    *Our key criteria is that students whakapapa Māori and have a strong connection to the Bay of Plenty, either through whakapapa or residency.
  • Prepare and provide pastoral support to the interns and employers throughout the placements.
  • Run the employer onboarding session, and coordinate all key events (wānanga, site tours, end of programme celebration).
  • Funding for student internships may be available – eligibility criteria applies.

The employer's role is to:

  • Provide a paid project-focused professional placement for approx. 10 weeks, for at least one student, over the summer period.
  • Provide a work supervisor to oversee the work of the student(s), and a buddy to support the student in 'learning the ropes' and increasing their comfort in a professional environment.
  • Support the skill development of their student in a professional environment, whilst committed to their needs as a Māori student.
  • Attend the employer onboarding session, the powhiri at the commencement of the programme, and the programme celebration at the end.
  • Allow the student, the time to attend the site tours that highlight key parts of the industry.
  • Be available to host a site tour (if need be).

Interested in getting involved?

We are seeking employers that are genuinely looking to support rangatahi Māori into higher-value career opportunities and tap into a Māori talent pool.

Register your interest here, or contact the Programme Lead, Katie Hungerford at katie@toikairawa.co.nz or 022 088 8992.

Programme timeline

Our Partners

Port of Tauranga
Robotics Plus
Māori Kiwifruit Growers
Te Awanui Huka Pak
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
Plant & Food Research
Bay of Connections
Kiwi Leaders
Toi Kai Rawa
Ministry for Primary Industries