Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


NZ's Largest Industries to Participate in Skills Analysis

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT:
Federation of Maori Authorities, Maori Trustee, DairyNZ, Beet + Lamb NZ, Federated Farmers, NZ Maori Tourism, Tourism Industry Association, Seafood New Zealand, NZ Oil & Gas, BusinessNZ, the Primary Industry Training Organisation, National Urban Maori Authority


New Zealand’s Largest Industries to Participate in Skills Analysis

Representatives of New Zealand’s leading export industries have today announced their participation in a skills analysis designed to provide employment advice to iwi, urban Māori authorities and other Māori-led organisations to help them better assist young Māori into future employment opportunities.

The analysis is the private sector’s contribution to recommendations 5, 6 and 7 of the Māori Economic Development Panel’s Strategy and Action Plan which will also focus on increasing Māori in-work training and involvement in the labour market.

The group, which will be led by Te Ohu Kai Moana Chief Executive Peter Douglas, will meet for the first time next week to begin its work and includes:

• Federation of Māori Authorities (the Federation)
• Māori Trustee
• DairyNZ
• Beef + Lamb NZ
• Federated Farmers
• NZ Māori Tourism
• Tourism Industry Association
• Seafood New Zealand
• NZ Oil & Gas
• BusinessNZ
• The Primary Industry Training Organisation
• National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA)

Mr Douglas said the group’s ultimate aim was to increase Māori employment. It would initially undertake a skills analysis of what each industry will require in the future. Mr Douglas said he expected the first meeting to look at regional employment specialties and opportunities, essential skill requirements for management positions and raising potential in-work training roles.

“This has the potential to be a landmark initiative for our generation,” Mr Douglas said. This group includes representatives from our most successful industries and is responsible for more than $29 billion in exports annually. By conducting a universal analysis of the skills each industry will require in coming years, we’re going to develop a meaningful roadmap for Māori to build careers.”

Federation Chief Executive Te Horipo Karaitiana, who along with the Māori Trustee has already been working on future-proofing industry workforces, said the initiative would try to realise some of the unrealised potential amongst Māori.

“Our people have a diverse skillset that can be applied across a range of sectors. Having this quality of organisations involved means we can get a lot of Māori who are unsure about what sort of careers they want excited about the sort of opportunities that might lie ahead.”

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said mapping the skills required by key industries was an important foundation for future Māori employment success.

“Skills data is essential for informed choices around future employment. Information gathered in this skills analysis will enable young Māori to contribute in many areas of commercial activity. This will be a key initiative in the work of the Māori Economic Development Panel.”

Industry-good body DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle welcomed the opportunity to discuss future opportunities with Māori.

“This is the sort of thing we’ve been contemplating for some time given the strong relationships DairyNZ has been developing with some iwi. We’re confident we can work together to formulate how Māori can play an even bigger role in growing the success of the dairy industry.”

Tourism Industry Association Chief Executive Martin Snedden confirmed it was vital that Māori were involved in future discussions on ensuring New Zealand’s tourism ventures continued to embrace Māori culture and was looking forward to working closely with NZ Māori Tourism on the initiatives.

“Māori culture is one of the key drivers of New Zealand as a tourism destination and making sure that Iwi are aware of their important role in our industry, and particularly future opportunities to strengthen their involvement is vital to growing New Zealand’s tourism success.”

NZ Māori Tourism Chief Executive, Pania Tyson-Nathan, said they are currently working with the private sector and education providers to ensure that proper and meaningful career pathways are in place for those who have chosen tourism as a profession.

With an increased awareness of Māori tourism activity internationally coupled with increased investments by Māori SMEs and Iwi in tourism ventures, it is imperative we continue to grow the pool of future leaders especially now. This initiative is a timely opportunity and essential in paving the way there.

NZ Oil & Gas Chief Executive Andrew Knight said that the initiatives would help strengthen Māori presence in the natural resources sector.

“We recognise the special relationship of Māori with our natural resources. This initiative will help bring more Māori into the industry with expertise at every level. I want to see young Māori gaining world-class skills in geology and geoscience, and in operations and commercial leadership, because exploration provides our communities with unrealised opportunities. We are excited about helping to make that happen.”

Primary Industry Training Organisation Chief Executive Kevin Bryant said the organisation’s involvement in the initiatives were part of its drive to take a greater and more influential leadership role in skills development.

“Our aim is to develop people with transferable skills so that they can improve an industry’s profitability, productivity, and sustainability. We recognise the key role Māori will have in achieving these improvements, and this initiative gives us the perfect platform to offer assistance and training in order for them to do so.”

The National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) is also committed to this initiative. Spokesman for NUMA, Mr John Tamihere said “anything that enhances the access of young Māori into employment participation has to be good, and something that we want to be invovled with.”

The group is scheduled to hold its first meeting next month and will work in association with representatives from Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

END


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Broadband Network: Spark Launches New, Competitive Ultra Fibre Plan Line-Up

Spark is giving customers an even more compelling reason to switch to its Ultra Fibre plans from today with the introduction of new competitive pricing for the majority of its plans (details below) and Fibre Landline (voice-over-fibre technology) for ... More>>

Employment: ANZ Proposes Casualisation In Whangarei Stores

ANZ workers in Whangarei could see their incomes drop by 20 to 40 percent if the bank’s proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions goes ahead says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams. More>>

Finance: BNZ Develops Specialist Tāmaki Māori Banking Team

BNZ develops specialist Tāmaki Māori Banking Team to support Māori as Auckland grows More>>

Pharmaceuticals: Commerce Commission To Consider Pharmaceuticals Merger

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Pfizer Inc. seeking clearance to acquire all of the shares in Hospira Inc. More>>

Real Estate: Housing Unaffordability Issues Spread

Surging house prices in Auckland and Queenstown last month pushed home ownership even further beyond the reach of first home buyers in the two districts, according to the AMP360 Home Loan Affordability Report for March. More>>

Statistics NZ: Annual Exports To China Dip Below Australia

The value of goods exports to Australia ($8.7 billion) surpassed those to China for the year ended March 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. More>>

Science: Hookworm Discovery At Malaghan Institute

Professor Graham Le Gros has led a team which has stimulated both innate and memory responses to the parasite, discovering along the way the unexpected behaviour of one particular immune cell, in Hookworm, one of the world’s most devastating tropical ... More>>

Business: Provinces Urged To Make Full Use Of New Air Services

Provincial New Zealand has been urged to use new air services to Auckland or risk losing them either partially or completely. The stark warning was issued today by Far North mayor John Carter at a ceremony at Kaitaia airport to mark the final Air ... More>>

Mobile: 2degrees To Credit All Calls And SMS To Nepal

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal in the weekend, 2degrees will be crediting all calls and SMS messages made to mobiles and landlines in Nepal from Friday 24th April until midnight Wednesday 29th April. More>>

Scoop Business: Alex Swney Pleads Guilty To $2.5M Fraud Charge

Alex Swney, former chief executive of the Auckland city centre business association Heart of the City, has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using documents to obtain $2.5 million. More>>

ALSO:

Petrol Burns Prices: Second Consecutive Quarterly Fall For CPI

The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in the March 2015 quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The last time the CPI showed two consecutive quarterly falls was in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news