Māori are an integral part of the New Zealand workforce. 16% of Careerforce trainees are Māori and through quality training we aim to improve the quality of care in Māori communities throughout Aotearoa.

Careerforce is built on Māori values and Te Tiriti o Waitangi as our country’s foundation document. We seek constant guidance from Te Mana Whakahaere, our Māori Advisory Group, to improve the support we offer Māori employers, trainees and communities.

Te Mana Whakahaere

Our Māori Advisory Board was established in 2008 and provides expert advice on enhancing Māori workforce development and improving training outcomes.


  • Fiona Pimm, Chair for Te Mana Whakahaere and Careerforce Board Director for Māori Aspirations.
  • Carole Maraku, Pou Arahi Te Upoko o Ngā Oranga o te Rae.
  • Roger Jolley, Health and Disabilities National Services Directorate.
  • Kelly Ratapu, Mātauranga Wānanga Māori.
  • Nathan Harrington, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

Strategies for Māori

Throughout Aotearoa we need more Māori students enjoying success at higher levels.  Careerforce aims to increase participation and achievement rates. We are working towards more Māori achieving at levels two, three, four and above, and targeting an 80% successful course completion rate.  Providing trainees with literacy, language and numeracy skills at levels two and three is the highest priority.

Meeting goals for Māori

Careerforce engages with tangata whenua to ensure that our qualifications, their content and delivery meet Māori needs. We work with Māori hauora providers, employers and communities to help identify career pathways and professional development opportunities for Māori.

We are working to develop and include cultural components within all the qualifications Careerforce offers. We already have qualifications designed specifically for Māori students and offer some Māori-based resources.