Te Puni Kōkiri has been delivering the Cadetships programme since 2010. It is a programme that supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow full-time permanent Māori staff in order for them to take on more senior roles within an organisation.

Workers from Complete Siteworks seen here on their Auckland worksite removing rocks from a nearby gully.

Through the successful long-established Cadetships programme Te Puni Kōkiri can provide up to $10,000.00 per each Māori individual (“cadet”) that you provide with at least 6 months of structured and tailored mentoring, training and development.

Case Studies

Read more about some of the successful partnerships that we’ve had with some of the big companies across Aotearoa New Zealand and how they have successfully implemented the Cadetships programme into their organisation.

Setting standards for herself and others around her


Learning more about yourself to help others


Empowering others through mana and respect

Learning on the job is the trick


Award winning Māori Leadership Programme


Māori Leadership programme proving to be more than successful


Application Form

Employers can find the Funding Guidelines and Application Form here.

More questions

For more information contact your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri Regional Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions here

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Setting standards for herself and others around her

    • Date: 05 December 2017

    Ongelle Fincham (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Programmer for Downer based in Wellington. Ever since she saw the company’s promotional video about Te Ara Whanake, the Māori leadership programme, she was keen to go on it. When she was asked to attend, her only answer was “Yes!”

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  • Learning more about yourself to help others

    • Date: 05 December 2017

    Driver/operator Darryl Takerei (Ngāti Raukawa) works for Downer in the Taranaki region. In 2015 he completed the Downer Māori leadership programme, Te Ara Whanake, and found that he learned more about himself than he expected.

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  • Empowering others through mana and respect

    • Date: 05 December 2017

    Jonno Webster (Ngāpuhi) is the Surfacing Operations Manager for Downer at their Taranaki hub. He received an invitation to participate in Te Ara Whanake, the Downer Māori Leadership Programme through one of his colleagues.

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  • Māori cadets get ‘hands on’ experience through the North Drill Limited cadetship programme in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri. Photo by Wiremu Grace.

    Northdrill – Cadets making a difference for whānau

    • Date: 07 November 2017

    Only starting two years ago, North Drill Limited is providing people in Te Tai Tokerau with the opportunity to learn, grown and develop. The company which is owned by Bronson Murray (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Haua) and his wife Ida Jean (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Kahu o Torongare), utilises the concepts of whakapapa and whanaungatanga to recruit and train cadets.

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