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E NGĀ IWI, E NGĀ REO, E NGĀ KARANGATANGA MAHA TĒNA KOUTOU KATOA
At the end of August, we were honoured to attend the launch of the Te Uru Rangi scholarships as a result of a collaborative partnership between Enspiral Dev Academy, Te Puni Kokiri, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation. Enspiral Dev Academy works closely with industry partners in the technology sector and as such can boast an 80% success rate with students walking into jobs in companies such as Xero within months of completing the 18 week programme.
The tech industry is one of the country’s fastest growing sectors and provides opportunity for young Māori to enter high value jobs. We salute those iwi that have partnered in this programme to help transform the lives of their rangatahi, and their whānau who follow in their footsteps.
And recently Te Wharekura o Mauao from Tauranga travelled to Silicon Valley to take part in an exciting new initiative being trialled at Stanford University. The initiative aimed to test an experiential learning model aimed at building curiosity, ideas and inspire Māori students to think about careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) related areas. This was a Māori led, government enabled initiative and we congratulate all organisations involved and particularly the sponsor organisation Te Kumikumi Trust, and their shareholders. It takes foresight, vision and an excellent understanding of the big picture for individuals to forego their current dividends in favour of the future.
In this, our second issue of Te Tui, we look more closely at the Global Megatrend in relation to technology and discuss some recent initiatives in respect of backing our up and coming Māori business leaders.
For many, it’s hard to imagine life without the smartphone. For those that have been divorced from their little device for any period of time, it’s an experience not many would want to repeat. Some may even go as far to say that technology has made life so much easier and a lot more convenient.
The apps on these little devices form the basis of an industry that barely existed 10 years ago as noted in the graphic below.
Add to this the gaming and robotics industries along with the many other aspects of the tech industry and it’s not hard to imagine opportunities for our tamariki.The number of global internet users increased from 360 million to 2.4 billion in the 12 years between 2000 and 2012.
So what could this increased “ease” in life and the growing number of global internet users mean for those living here in Aotearoa? In essence there are both challenges and opportunities to consider.
There are opportunities to capitalise on these shifts.
We will require our young people to be agile, nimble, fantastic problem solvers and above all, have the skills to bring people together.
"Companies facing constant tech evolution and market uncertainty need employees who have Macgyver type skills as well as a grounding in science, math, and engineering disciplines because those who have perseverance, curiosity, and skills to solve problems are coveted employees" Anne Gibbons - Stanford D School Fellow and Design Lead at Matri Design
The rangatahi from Te Wharekura o Mauao have commenced this journey and hopefully many more will follow.
In September, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust did a fantastic job of bringing people together and showcasing the young talent among us at it’s annual Ngā Whetu Hei Whai conference. It was our honour and privilege to partner with an organisation that is playing a huge role in developing and supporting rangatahi on their respective pathways to leadership.
The Trust provides 45 scholarships across commerce, business or management, fisheries, aquaculture or marine science and agribusiness or agriculture. While the financial aspect of the 45 scholarships was certainly appreciated, our discussions with recipients centred on what it meant to belong to a group who were all striving to succeed, grow their skills and give back to their people in the longer term.
Comments such as "it is nice to be among others who have similar dreams and aspirations". For those who didn’t already have a strong connection to their taha Māori, being part of a roopū like this provided the encouragement to explore it further. When we look at our own commitment to growing and developing future Māori business leaders, it’s great to have partnerships with organisations who are thinking along similar lines.
In both the Te Uru Rangi and Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust examples, we are seeing some great exemplars of nationwide initiatives targeted at growing the collective skillbase and inter-iwi relationships at a much earlier stage in life. This can only help to build relationships and grow trust as a solid platform for collaboration in the years to come.
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