Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Ngāi Tahu launches pilot internship with MFAT

Ngāi Tahu Holdings Matakahi scholar Makayla Glancy (Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio) will be joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) as an interrn over the 2019/2020 summer.

This year, MFAT and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have partnered to enable a Matakahi scholar to intern at the Ministry alongside the Ministry’s Aorere interns. MFAT will provide the opportunity for a Matakahi scholar to experience a central government working environment and gain exposure to New Zealand’s foreign policy work, funded by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

The MFAT Aorere Internship is aimed towards applicants of Māori descent and specifically targets rangatahi who are still studying or have recently completed their formal qualifications. It provides an opportunity to work in one of the Ministry’s business units with support and guidance from the wider Ministry team, including its Te Pou Māori network.

“The pilot internship programme with MFAT actively demonstrates the shared commitment both our organisations have to grow our future leaders. This is an excellent learning opportunity for young Ngāi Tahu, and we are delighted that MFAT is aligned with our mahi to provide real-world learning environments for rangatahi,” says Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Through partnerships with other organisations in the commercial and business space, Matakahi Scholarships create opportunities to grow Ngāi Tahu commercial capacity now and for the future. Previous Matakahi Scholars have gained work experience with companies such as Simpson Grierson and Vodafone.

A third-year student at Victoria University of Wellington, Makayla is studying towards a double degree in Law and Science, majoring in biology, biodiversity, genetics and science in society. She hopes to work in the environmental law field in the future. For the internship she will be working in the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Division, an area of key importance for iwi Maori in terms of trade policy development.

“This internship will be a significant building block in my career and social development. I am incredibly excited to be working for MFAT with the support of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Rationing Of PPE Gear, Masks And Everything Else

From the outset, the perceived need to ration our scarce resources seems to have driven the response to Covid-19. Rationing still appears to be limiting the ability of nurses and other frontline workers to access and routinely wear the PPE gear they need to do their job safely. Initially at least, we were also rationing the public’s access to Covid-19 testing. We also continue to pick and choose among the scientific evidence to justify advising the public against the need for them to wear masks…. If it hasn’t done so already, this trend will end up eroding public confidence in the Ministry of Heath assurances that hey don’t worry people, we have enough PPE gear, testing kits and masks to go around. Counter factual : if we’re rationing it, we haven’t got enough... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>


Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>


SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>






InfoPages News Channels