Stewart Bull recently accompanied Department of Conservation (DoC) staff and others on a mission to locate a stone adze on Stewart Island.

A hunter discovered the adze lying in the bush while on a hunting trip to the island. The hunter managed to draw a picture of the adze and had mapped its location by GPS. He later passed the information onto DoC who in turn advised local iwi of the decision to retrieve the adze.

Stewart Bull, who was involved in the search, said it would have been an impossible task to locate the adze again if it wasn’t for the hunter. When the adze was finally located, Stewart performed a mihi and karakia. [Read more…]

With $30 billion being invested in Ötautahi, now is the time to up skill, learn a trade and get ready to be part of the recovery in Ōtautahi. He Toki ki te Rika the Māori trade training programme at CPIT will help you get there.

He Toki courses are 12 to 20 week long pre-trade training programmes in carpentry, painting and decorating, welding, plumbing, drain laying, plasterboard and engineering. Students learn in a Māori environment, where Māori trades mentors and a support team help you achieve your potential and become a Māori trades leader.

He Toki students complete a work readiness passport alongside their studies to prepare for the work environment. The passport is a work readiness programme that has been developed with the support of key industry partners Hawkins Construction.

Hawkins worked with industry to define what employers are looking for and turned this into a checklist of skills the students complete. This includes skills such as getting site safe certificates, preparing a CV and working towards a drivers license.

These sort of practical skills are hoped to give He Toki students the edge when they are looking for work after completing the course.

Next year’s January intake for carpentry, painting and decorating, welding and plumbing courses are open now and close Monday 3 December. With full scholarships available this is your chance to get you and your whānau ahead.

Call 0800 24 24 76 speak to the Centre of Māori and Pasifika Achievement and enrol today.

He Toki carpentry graduate Tuhiku Solomon.